Corporal J.L. Adams was a native of Selma and was 21 years old when he was killed by an explosive device. His father was a tobacco farm and he knew how to work hard. He loved to sing and his favorite song was “Far Away Places.”
Staff Sergeant Sanford Allen was a native of Smithfield and served in the military for 17 years with tours in Korea and Vietnam. He was 39 years old and was not married when he was killed by artillery fire. He had been wounded six months before when his tank was hit by anti-tank fire.
Specialist 4 Wilbert Barbee was a native of Kenly. He was 20 years old when he was killed by the detonation of a land mine.
Private First Class Jimmy Carter was from Smithfield and attended Micro High School. He was on a combat operation when he was struck by a sniper bullet. He was 19 years old.
Lance Corporal Harold Dayringer was a native of Fayetteville, but grew up in Benson. He attended Benson High School and was working as a brick mason before entering the Marine Corps. He was married. He was killed when the airplane returning him to Vietnam from Hong Kong caught on fire and crashed into Hong Kong Harbor. He was among 63 Marines and Navy personnel who had finished a short period of rest and relaxation. Thirteen men survived the crash.
Private First Class Albert Denning was a member of a patrol that was ambushed by an overwhelming Viet Cong force. Only two of the 17 men in the patrol survived the fire fight and the ensuing hand-to-hand combat after the Marines ran out of ammunition. Denning, 19 years old, lived in Willow Springs and joined the military with the intention of later going to college.
Specialist Eddie Ray Eatmon lived in Micro. He was 34 years old and he was married. He was killed when a land mine detonated. He was a 10-year veteran and had earned a Bronze Star medal.
Specialist 4 Burlon T. Honeycutt was from Clayton and attended Wilson Mills High School. He was 22 years old. His reported cause of death was drowning.
Specialist 4 Johnny Jackson was born in Washington, NC, but lived in Smithfield. He often was the point man for his squad, walking ahead of the rest of the troops. He was killed by a booby trap explosive as the squad moved through an unsecured area. He was awarded a Bronze Star medal.
He was 21 years old and was married. Before entering the military, he worked as a forklift operator at Guy C. Lee Manufacturing Company.
Private First Class Danny Johnson was born in Harnett County, but spent most of his life in Johnston County. He graduated from Four Oaks High School in 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly afterwards. He was 20 years old when he was killed by multiple fragmentation wounds from a land mine.
Private First Class John Robert Lee was a native of Four Oaks. He was on his first combat patrol in Vietnam when he was killed by an errant American mortar blast.
Lance Corporal Ronald Lee was a Benson native who was killed by small arms fire or grenade when he was 20 years old.
Private First Class Herman McLamb was a native of Four Oaks. He was he was killed by small arms fire or grenade.
Corporal Thomas McCray was 29 years old and had a wife and child when he was killed by small arms fire or grenade during the Tet Offensive. He was a native of Selma and had graduated from Richard B. Harris High School in Selma.
Sergeant Henry Morgan was a native of Benson and was 22 years old when he was killed by small arms fire or grenade.
Chief Warrant Officer Dennis O’Melia was an attack helicopter pilot. He was being flown from Qui Nhon to Ban Me Thuot to fly a replacement helicopter back to his company when the plane disappeared from radar. No trace of the airplane was ever found. O’Melia still is listed as missing in action. He was a native of Smithfield and had a wife and child.
Corporal Edward Pilkington, 22 years old, was from Clayton and graduated from Clayton High School in 1966. He had played on the football team. On Easter Sunday, April 11, 1971, a chaplain was flown in by helicopter to conduct services. After the services, the helicopter carrying the chaplain back was attacked by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces. Pilkington’s company moved to support the withdrawal and a fire fight ensued. Eleven Americans were killed. The youth group at Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church sang at Pilkington’s funeral.
Private First Class Franklin Ray, 19, was a mortarman and was killed in a rocket attack on Khe Sanh. Ray was born in Smithfield, but was a 1967 graduate of Orange High in Hillsborough.
Specialist 4 Donnie Sullivan was a native of Princeton and graduated from Princeton High in 1965. He was drafted that December. He was a member of the 40th Infantry Platoon Scout Dogs. He was wounded in an ambush and later died of his wounds. He previously had earned a Bronze Star medal.
Captain Chuck Thorne was born in Wilson County, but lived in Selma. He tried to enlist when he was 16 and entered the Army when he was 17. He was 28 years old and had been in the military for 11 years when he died in a helicopter crash. He was married and had children. During his military career he received The Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster and The Army Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster.
Specialist 4 Arthur was a native of Smithfield. He was an infantryman in the U.S. Army and was killed by small arms fire or grenade.
Private First Class Lee Watson was a native of Smithfield and had graduated from Johnston Central High School. He had been in Vietnam for six days when he was killed by small arms fire.
Private First Class Percy Watson was a native of Selma and was 19 years old when he was killed. The booby trap explosion that claimed his life also killed two other Marines and wounded another.
Master Sergeant Willie “Brother” Wilkerson fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and served in the military for 22 years . He was 39 years old and was living in Willow Springs. He contracted an illness in Vietnam and was sent stateside to Walter Reed Army Hospital, where he died. He was awarded a Bronze Star medal.
Sergeant Charles E. Williams was a native of Smithfield and was killed by small arms fired. He received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
He is honored on Panel 41E, Line 57 and is buried at Raleigh National Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.