Vietnam Veterans of America Cumming Chapter 1030 awarded scholarships to graduates of Forsyth County (Ga.) high schools last month. The scholarship program recognizes students for academic achievement as well as school and community activities, awarding $1,000 in the name of a Georgian killed in action during the Vietnam War.
“Once again, all of the applicants demonstrated excellence in their academics, school activities and volunteering in the communities in which they live,” said chapter President Gary Goyette.
Eliza Gazaway of North Forsyth High School took home a scholarship in the memory of Marine Corps Lance Corp. Emory Franklin Johnson, killed in action in Vietnam on Feb. 24, 1967. Victoria Salo of West Forsyth High School won a scholarship presented in honor of the memory of Army Specialist 5 Bobby Jene Fields, killed in action in Vietnam on March 14, 1971. And Matthew Dees of Forsyth Central High School won a scholarship honoring the memory of PFC William Burgess, killed in action in Vietnam on June 4, 1969.
William Burgess’ sisters, Evelyn Morace and Elizabeth Mooney, attended the event.