Chapter 96 Visits Local Veterans’ Graves

On April 14, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 96 in Tallahassee, Fla., visited the graves of four are soldiers who died in Vietnam: Willie Brown, Joseph Harris, Johnnie Stephens and Marvin Zion Brock in Bainbridge, Georgia. “The first one we’re going to is Joe Harris, and he was a helicopter pilot,” said member David Wilson, who led the effort.

Williams told WCTV-TV News that he  plans to visit the graves of at least 34 men in the month they died; he has so far located more than 70 graves in the area. “We place a painted rock on their grave so when their family member comes by, they can see that painted rock and know that somebody cares — that they’re not forgotten,” he said.

Wilson says he was inspired by his friend Lt. Col. Danny McKnight, who survived the 1993 Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia, and does it mostly for the families left behind. “When our dead are killed in action and are brought back, they are honored, but it was not like that in Vietnam,” he said. “We just want to let people know that we still care.”

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