‘Wall’ column brought memories of D. C. tripDear editor,
A f ter reading Mike Brow n’s column of April 1, it reminded me that, as an officer of VFW Post 6525, I took a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and brought back charcoal tracings of both Petie and Tommie Joe Clark.
We (the post) presented those to family members at the dedication of the memorial at IOOF cemetary on Memorial Day 1994.
Post officers at that time were: Gordon Purcell, commander; Tommy Kyle, senior vice-commander; Ervin McDaniel, junior vice-commander; Doug Kirk, chaplain.
Doug went to school with Petie.
Doug and I joined the Navy Oct. 13, 1964 on “Buddy Plan.”
We went on different assignments after boot camp, but reunited in Rockdale after many years and it was with pride we helped dedicate the memorial and flagpole at IOOF Cemetery.
Petie’s senior class (RHS Class of 1965) provided the funds for the project and VFW Post 6525 provided the logistics with the help of several others.
Contractors who donated their services include Ernest Garza and Green’s concrete.
Ervin McDaniel PO Box 204 Rockdale