This project includes memorial biographies and photos about the war heroes who were killed in action from the Collinsville, Oklahoma area. It started as a project to honor a few servicemen who were killed in action and whose families made the decision to have their remains buried in foreign military cemeteries. Our VFW Auxiliary Post 3077 discussed placing a wreath to honor these men at the Veterans Center on Main Street in May. Somehow just one wreath did not reach the level of honor we intended.
I decided to write their memorial biographies. After all—it was just a very few servicemen. I soon received a list of additional names of heroes who were killed in action and buried at Ridgelawn Cemetery here in Collinsville OR whose families wanted them to be honored on the Wall of Honor at the VFW Post 3077 in Collinsville. Both Teddy Wright and Buddy York sent identical lists. My six-month journey was about to begin.
The names and memorial biographies are grouped by the wars in which they fought and listed by alphabetical order. Extensive research was taken to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible. Family information about each hero has also been included. Each family member became part of a Gold Star Family when their loved one was killed in action. America honors Gold Star Mother and Family Day the last Sunday of September each year. Collinsville honors them every day.
We consider these memorial biographies a starting off point. If you have any information or photos to share, please contact Dr. Linda Wilson at email@example.com. We hope to continue to add information to the memorial biographies over time.
Near the end of the memorial biography, you will see Google Earth information. Take the time to trace the journey of the hero about whom you have just read. It will be amazing to see how far from home these heroes traveled in service of their country.
In closing, please play Taps at the end of each biography. An audio link is provided for you. This tune is played at United States military funerals and memorials. It is fitting, after you have taken the time to read the memorial biography and viewed the images and maps, to play Taps when closing the file to honor the life of the hero.