Seeking Information for Memorial Day Program

By: Sandra Thompson
Memorial Day, formerly known as “Decoration Day” was started to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Each year the Alabama Veterans Museum holds a ceremony to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in the year since the last Memorial Day. This year, in addition to our guest speaker and our laying of the wreaths ceremony, we would like to honor each veteran individually with a picture and information about their military service. The following is a list of heroes who have passed since last Memorial Day. While we do have information on some of the individuals, we are seeking military information such as branch of service, picture of individual in uniform, dates of service, campaign information, and any medals/awards. We are also updating our archive database, so any information will be appreciated. Also, if there is someone that you know of who has passed and they are not on this list please let me know.

Anthony Lawrence Allen
Dr. Larry Clinton Atha
Charles Stevenson Ball
Felix Edward Bates
Joel Andrew Beasley
Jack Blalock
William Edward Blevins
Jack Bowers
Bernard Lynn Bridges
Walter David Brooks Jr.
Charles Randolph Chittam
Christopher Wayne Cockrell
Robert Collier
Hubert Lee Crow Jr.
Earl W. Davis
Kenneth William Davis Jr.
Richard “Dick” DiLulo
Michael Anthony Dollar
Odie Duggar
George William Fetter
Jim “Bo” Fletcher
Larry Leo George
Garland Tony Gibson
Charles Edward Gilliam
James D. Girdley
Dr. Frank McDonald Graham
Carl Edward Hall
Billy Neal Hammond
Jack Edward Harris
Harold B. Holt
Wayne Hovis
James Bradley Johnson
Roger Nolan Kyer
Vallie F. LePre
Jimmy Harold Lewis
Mark Edward Litzenberg
Roy Wayne Long
Thomas Wilson Lovell
Jack Hansen Manry
Robert Joseph Mans
Larry Michael McCurry
William Ronald Meadows
William Grady Mitchell
Gerald Lee Morris
William Nance
David Lee Norton
Elbert Leroy Owen
James Garland “Nick” Patterson
Cecil Reese
George Edward Richardson
Phillip Dale Rooker
Harold Lawson Ryan
Edward L. Sandlin
James Fennel Sandlin Jr.
Gerard Joseph Sansone
James Wesley Sasser
Ned Ray Sloan
Leonard Smith
David Earl Snoddy
James L. Stewart
Robert Glen Strong
James (J.D.) Swanner
Newton “Bo” Tillen
Randall Dean Tribble
Lawrence McDaniel White
Clifford Wilford
James Edward Wilson
Robert Stewart Wilson
Clifton Edward Zirbel

Information can be sent by mail to The Alabama Veterans Museum, PO Box 1500, Athens, AL 35612 or emailed to or brought to the museum at 100 W. Pryor St. in Athens. Our program will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Limestone County Event Center. Please join us in honoring our fallen heroes. Questions may be directed to Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum