Scroll to bottom of page to hear songs "Before You Go" dedicated to our World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans

Perpetually lit candle for our military

If you are a veteran or relative/friend of a veteran, please email Charlene with names and class years and a short bio of your service years. I know some classmates dropped out school to go into the military; however, I would like to list their names with the classes they would have graduated with. Please help me recognize our veterans. Their duty and service to our country has often been a thankless job. I, for one, am truly grateful for each and every one of our veterans.

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Red Fridays

Why Did My Son Have To Die

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." Theodore Roosevelt - 1907






(**Dedicated especially for George Heatherly'65, Dickie Reagan '66, Bill Long '67, Corky Huddleston '68 all KIA in Vietnam and Mike Copley '71 killed in Iraq. )


(A Soldier Died Today)

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

 He was getting  old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought and the deeds that he had done,
His exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

 And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
His Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
  Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

 It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

 He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

 If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.


Freedom Is Not Free!!!
Just ask a veteran.


NOTE:  This is by no means an entire listing of the LHS Veterans.  Former Alumni/family of Alumni responded to an email request for information on the veterans they knew.  In our hearts, we love and respect all veterans.  If you know of someone who should be on this list, please send me at the least their name, year of graduation/or would have graduated (if you know it), Branch of Service, and Years of Service.


  Howard Sturm
US Naval Air Force 1941 - 1961

Entered service in 1941 and earned his wings in the U.S. in the US Navy Air Force.  Retired with the rank of Navy Commander after 20 years in service, having accumulated over 3000 hours of flight time.


Melvin Sturm
United States Navy

Entered service in 1944 as a Navy Ensign.  Served in the Pacific with Task Force 38 as Air Plot Officer on Admiral William F. Halsey's Staff.  Two Battle Stars.  The Flagship was the USS Missouri, BB63, and Ensign Sturm was present at the Japanese Surrender ceremony aboard the Missouri.  Mel had wartime service aboard the USS Missouri and the Air Craft Carrier, USS Shangri-La. Also served post-war aboard the Battleship USS South Dakota, Heavy Cruiser USS Quincy, and the Light Cruiser, USS Springfield.


Hugh Kyle Seals
United States Navy

Second Class Petty Officer--Radar Man--served in WWII in the Pacific


Hiram Sturm, MD
United States Navy

Graduated from U.T. medical school 1948.  From 1951-1954 (Korean War) served as a Naval flight surgeon, attached to the Marines. During my time at Marine Corp Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, in addition to  overseeing the medical needs of two helicopter squadrons and a fighter squadron, I was one of two doctors heading up the obstetrical team (100 to 120 babies monthly).The end of the Korean War in 1945, found me serving as Senior Medical Officer(though only a Lt.) as the flight surgeon for Naval Air Station New York, Brooklyn, NY


Gordon H. Arnold, MD
US Air Force 1943-1946

Gordon H Arnold, MD was in the class of 1943 and died in 2003 at the age of 77. He served in the US Air Force from 1943-46 as a gunnery instructor and B-24 gunner. After discharge he entered UT in pre med later getting his Doctorate of Medicine from UT Medical School in Memphis. He interned and did a residency in surgery at the Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Florida. He practiced in Bradenton, Florida until his retirement in 1990.


Dave Arnold
US Navy

I was in the class of 1945 and entered the Navy just prior to graduation. I trained at the Great Lakes Training Center to then be assigned to the destroyer tender USS Yellowstone AD 27. We cruised some in the Pacific and later in the Atlantic to Newport, RI where I left the ship for discharge in the summer of 1946 and after that I served in the Navy inactive reserve for 5 years. I attended UT under the GI bill and graduated with an Engineering Degree in 1950 later to retire in 2000 as a Vice President of Computer Sciences Corporation. I am still actively doing consulting to industry.

Evan Sturm
US Navy

Seaman -- Served aboard a Destroyer Escort.


John Milton Childress
US Air Force

Born June 21, 1930 in LaFollette, TN. Graduated from LaFollette High School in 1948 and the University of Tennessee in 1952.  Served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Resident of Clinton, TN for 45 years. Member of First Baptist Church. Retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems on December 31, 1989, after 35 years of company service in computer related work. Avid sports fan. Active in local youth sports programs during younger years. Underwent heart-bypass surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital in 1974 when that type of operation was relatively rare. Underwent bypass surgery again in 1994 and 2001.

Wife of 54 years- Kathryn, formerly of Brownsville, TN
Son- Milton of Charlotte, NC
Daughter- Susan Corrigan of New Berlin, WI
Grandchildren- Alex, Gracie, John, Tyler, Emily and Caroline
Sister- Betty Lou (Childress) Snow, LHS Class of 1949, Pittsburgh, PA

John C. Paul
U.S. Army 1944-1946

Veteran World WarII. U.S. Army 7th Divison, 32nd Infantry, South Pacific Theater, Okinawa & Occupation-South Korea Married to former Margie Bowman.


Bobby Roger Douglas
US Army

William Howard Henegar
Major - US Army 1947 - 1968


Bill J. Cox
US Air Force  1947 - 1950

Served in the US Air Force from 1947-1950 at the age of 14.  Upon returning to LaFollette, Bill graduated with the class of 1950.Bill Cox has been the owner of Alco Builders Realty for 42 years in LaFollette.

Byron Poe
US Navy Seabees


Harold D. Parks
US Army April, 1953 - May, 1955

I was Army PFC Harold D. Parks from April 1953 until May, 1955. I attended basic training at what is now Ft. Gordon, GA. I then attended the Signal School at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. where I spent 33 weeks in the Radar Repair Course. I was then sent to the 7773rd Army Unit in Piermesens, Germany where I served the remainder of my enlistment. While there, I worked in a large Signal Depot where we repaired various types of electronic equipment. I also spent 45 days on leave and passes and visited England, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy. I met some wonderful people just about everywhere I went. I especially enjoyed working with the German civilians in the depot and trying to ski in the Bavarian Alps. I learned a great deal in my first extended "visit" away from LaFollette. I enjoyed my tour and found my niche in electronics. I graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1959 with a BSEE.

I now live (for the past 34 years) in Fredericksburg,VA with my wife of 46 years, Syble Dalphene Perkins
Parks, LHS Class of 1954. I am retired from The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA. Dalphene and I now garden a lot, dance at least once week and I still do some fishing.


Henry "Pete" Poe
US Navy Seabees

Charles Wayne Seals
United States Army 1953 - 1956

Charles Vincent
United States Air Force


Marshall Roy Bailey
US Army

Robert Chadwell
US Army

Ben Cooper
US Army

John Faulkner
US Army

Homer Foster
US Army

Charles Fugate
US Army

Wayne Gibson
US Army

Jack Higdon
US Army

Jerry Hunter
US Army

Kyle Hutson
US Army

Robert McCulloch
US Army

Willard Tibbs
US Army

Charles Wender, MD
US Army

Willie Wilson
US Marines


Robert L. Bruce
US Army

Carl Roberts
US Air Force

After graduating from LaFollette High School, I  joined the US Air Force. After basic training, I was sent to technical school in Biloxi, Ms. for 6 months. Upon graduation from the Air Force Security Service School, I was assigned to Bremerhaven, Germany where I spent almost three years in electronic intelligence gathering. At that time, I was honorably discharged from the Air Force in December 1958. I then graduated from the University of Tennessee and continued my civilian life.

Willie Fred (P.J.B.) Wilson
US Army

Retired from the US Army after 21 years service having served in Korea and Vietnam.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers Division.  He won several medals including two Bronze Stars, two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Parachutists Badge and Expert Marksman with the Rifle.


Joseph H. Childress, DDS, MS
US Air Force 1961 - 1974

Served as an officer in the Reserve and Regular Air Force from 1961 through 1974.  Then served in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard from 1982 through 1990.   Retired from the Army of the United States with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1990.

Lowell Griffith
US Army

Of my total 8 year obligation with the U.S Army, I served 2 years, 2 months and 20 days on active duty. My active duty time was pulled at Fort Jackson South Carolina, Fort Gordon, Georgia and Metz, France. I served 5 years, 2 months and 8 days in the army active reserve and then I was assigned to the inactive reserve for the remainder of my time. The majority of my time was served in the 504th Military Police Battalion which was a combat MP unit in Fort Gordon, Georgia and Metz, France. My active reserve time was mostly spent in the Headquarters Company of the 334th Field Artillery Battalion in La Follette, TN.  My highest rank was Sgt. E5.

Ronnie Goins

Earl Lawson

Jerry Poe
US Marines

Allan Powell
US Navy

Served in September 1955 thru April of 1958. Attained 3rd class Petty officer--PH3

Glen Ridenour
US Army 1955 - 1958

I joined the army shortly after graduation in 1955, spent a good portion of that enlistment in Korea, and did not return to LaFollette until 1958. Due to the lack of employment in Campbell County, I re-entered the army in 1960, served in Japan, U.S. Strike Command, in Vietnam, and lastly as an Army Recruiter in Kansas.

Harold Orick
US Army 1960 - 1962

After college graduation from TPI in Cookville, served in the US Army from May, 1960 - May, 1962


Don Bruce
US Marines

Buddy Scott
US Navy

Henry L. Tye, Jr.
US Air Force 1957-1961

Communications Specialist serving in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas and England

Paul Tiller
US Army


Lowell Lester Chadwell
US Air Force 1958 - 1963

Served in the USAF from November 19,1958 until August 17, 1963, as a Chaplain Services Specialist, stationed at Lackland AFB, TX, Chanute AFB at Rantool, Illinois, Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, and with the Headquarters Squadron of the famous "Top Hat" First Fighter Wing at Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan where I met my wife of almost 41 years.

Everette Orick
US Marines

Tony Willoughby
US Air Force 1957 - 1961

Served in the U. S. Air Force from June 7, 1957, until June 7, 1961.  He completed basic training at Lakeland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  Medical Laboratory Technician School at Gunner Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.  Served in Savannah, Georgia, and spent 3 years at 48th TAC Hospital, U. S. Air Force Europe in Mildenhall, England.

James Collinsworth
US Navy 1956 - 1966


Ralph Anderson
US Army

 Served in the US Army  from 1957-1959 as a specialist  of the 510 Honest John Rocket Battalion, Vincenes,  Italy.

Marion Faulkner
US Army

Larry Dean Seals
United States Navy

Everette Hensley
United States Air Force 1956-1965

After active service I had a long break then went into the reserves for a total of 17 years.


Ralph Bratcher
US Navy 1959 - 1988

After high school, I joined the Navy where I spent the next 29 years retiring in 1988 in Charleston, South Carolina as a Senior Chief with 30 years credited service.

During my career in the Navy, I spent 17 years with the Marines with the Fleet Marine Force. I served 3 tours of duty in Vietnam receiving a Purple Heart for wounds received in action in August 1965 and a Bronze Star with the Combat "V" for Heroic Acheivement in October 1965 while serving with the 3rd recon Battalion.

I served in many parts of the world during my career including many small islands such as Nicosia, Cypress(Embassy Duty), Diego Garcia, in the middle of the Indian Ocean and Palau in the Micronesian Islands.

I also took advantage of the Navy's Educational opportunities , receiving a Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Services and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Management.  After retiring from the Navy, I accepted a position at the Medical University of South Carolina as Administrator with The Storm Eye Institute. I remained there until 1994, when I accepted my present position, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer with Pee Dee Cardiology Associates, P.A. in Florence, South Carolina.

I am married to the former Jo Lynn King of Jacksonville, North Carolina, whom I met while stationed with the Marines at Camp LeJune, North Carolina. We have been married for 22 years. I have one son, Ralph E. Bratcher, II who will retire from the Navy this November.

Benny Goins
US Air Force

I served in the Air Force for a little over 21 years. I was stationed in several stateside bases and abroad including Greenland, Spain, France,Portugal & Vietnam in 1968 & 1969.

Buddy McCreary
US Army

Glen Miller
US Air Force 1959-1963

Tom Petitt
US Army 1960 - 1963

Joined the US Army in Jan 1960 for three years. Took my training at Fort Hood Texas.  Was in the Infantry.  Spent my time in Germany.  This was before Vietnam. Got out of Army and went to school and finished at ETSU.

Don Phillips
US Army Reserves

Served in the U.S. Army Reserves from June 1962 until May 1969. I was a Private in The Combat Engineers and was on active duty during the Cuban Crisis of 1962.

Darryl Ross
US Air Force

Roger Sebby
US Army

Served in the US Army. Roger went on to UT to get a degree in Food Technology & Science, and operated S & W Laboratories until his death in 2004. He married Marilyn Peters in 1968. They lived in Powell, TN.

Gordon McWhorter
US Marine Corp. 1961 - 1966

Larry Hatmaker
US Army October 1959 - October 1962

Served as a Russian linguist attached to US Army Security Agency

Edward Ford
US Army 1959 - 1967

Served in Viet Nam and Korea

Jerry W. Crutchfield
U. S. Air Force 1960 - 1963


Ken Kincaid

Jo Anne (McCloud) Myers
USAF 1960-63
Lackland AFB Hospital Squadron

Hugh C. Spradlin
Captain - US Army MSC 1965-1968

My tour in the U.S. Army, Medicinal Service Corp encompassed Jan 1965 to 1968. I took the Medical Officers basic training in Jan '65 for eight weeks at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. My first duty station was also Ft. Sam with a "strike" field unit. I was a platoon leader for nearly one year and was chosen to attend the Medical Supply Course, also at Ft. Sam. After completing this training, rumors came often and frequently about the buildup in Viet Nam. I knew with my new military occupational specialty (MOS) that I could very well be one of the men going over seas. The assignment came in Jun 66 with a transfer to Ft. Bragg to join a unit having orders for that theater of operations. It was a medical clearing company that was just like MASH of TV fame. But for size purposes we had enough beds for 240 patients and could load everything up on trucks and move in about 24 hours.I served in Viet Nam at Tuy Hoa and Chu Li, for those other vets that will read this.

After returning to the states in September 1967, I was again stationed at Ft. Sam and finished my service there. I discovered upon returning to civilian status that veterans were not appreciated and some people acted like it was our fault that we served our country. Just for the record, I am proud to have served and appreciated the service of other men and women during that era. But let us stand with our vets and honor their service to our country.

James R. "Ronnie" Tidwell
US Army 1963-1966

Service areas Fort Jackson, SC, Red Stone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, US Army Missile Support Command, Foreign Duty- Asia 8th Army,12th Ordinace Command Discharged with Honorable Discharge rank of SP/5

Retired from BWXT-Y12 after 32 yrs as an high voltage electrician.

Bobby Gene Lumpkins
U.S. Navy from 1961 - 1965.


Henry L. Carter
US Army 1966 - 1968

U.S. Army August 1966 Thru August 1968. Service Areas: Fort Knox, KY; Fort Carson, CO; Southeast Asia.
Hometown:  Kokomo, IN; Employment: Engineer, DaimlerChrysler Corp.

Paul Bailey Francis, Jr. MD
US Navy 1969 - 1971

Paul Bailey Francis, Jr., MD, served in the US Navy Reserve Medical Corps on active duty from July 6, 1969 through June 24, 1971. He received training at the Field Medical Service School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC, from July 6, 1969 through July 25, 1969, and was stationed at the Navy Hospital, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL, for the duration of his active duty. He was discharged from active duty with the rank of Lieutenant Commander and remained on inactive reserve until honorably discharged in 1991. During his active duty, he was involved in the treatment of many soldiers who had been evacuated from Vietnam with various medical illnesses.

Kenneth Heatherly
US Navy 1961 - 1967

1961 THRU 1967--Service areas: San Diego, CA, Cuba, Atlantic Coast (United States and Europe), Mediterranean Sea Area

Hometown: LaFollette, TN (Deceased January 2004)

Ron Higdon
Virginia National Guard 1967 - 1972

I served as an officer in the Virginia National Guard.  After Officer Candidate School, I became the Commanding Officer at  the Rocky Mount, NC unit.

Frank Moore
US Air Force 1961 - 1965

Mickey Nichols
US Marine Corp

Tom O'Lenick
US Navy May, 1962 - July 1966

After electronics school in Millinton, Tenn and flight crew training in San Diego, CA, I joined Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4) in Naha, Okinawa. VP-4's primary mission was to patrol the coasts and sealanes off mainland China, North Korea and later briefly in the Gulf of Tonkin. Our secondary mission was the detection of Russian submarines. I spent time in Okinawa, Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, and the Phillipines with side trips to Guam, Midway, Hong Kong, Figi, Australia, New Zealand, and American Samoa; but once a year I always managed to get back to LaFollette to see Granny Gunter.

Jerry Queener
US Army

Howard St. John
US Air Force

Dick Loupe
Corporal, US Army 1961 - 1963


J. W. Faulkner
U S Army 1962-1982

Retired Army veteran with 20 yrs service from 1962- 1982. He was a Sgt 1st class and was in Army Aviation. He was the flight engineer, crew chief, door gunner and aircraft inspecter. He was also in Vietnam with the 135th Assualt Helicopter Co. He along with the late Donna Smith ( class of 1962) raised 3 kids while traveling the world. Then again retiring from the Dept of Corrections for the State of TN.

Wayne Leach
US Army  1963 - 1969

I served in the U. S. Army from 1963 for six months, then the reserve until 1968 when I was called to active duty and served from June 1968 to March 1969. I was honorably discharged in March 1969. I live in LaFollette, married JoAnn Evans, have two children (Michael andMichelle). I retired from BWXT/Y-12/Oak Ridge in 2002 after 32 years
of service.

Mack Orick
US Army 1967 - 1969 Vietnam

Sammy G. Willoughby
U. S. Army 1966-1968--Korea
Spec. 5

Roger Conner
US Navy 1966 - 1986
Attended Navy flight training in Pensacola, FL in 1966; completed jet training at NAS Kingsville, TX in 1967 Flew 64 combat strikes against enemy targets in Vietnam from onboard the USS Kitty Hawk in 1969 in the A6 Intruder. Later served as jet flight instructor at NAS Meridian, Ms.; Catapult Officer onboard the USS Lexington in Pensacola, FL; Safety Officer of NAS New Orleans flying the T39 and flew the DC-9 in both Norfolk, VA and Memphis, TN.

Ronald "Gene" Bruce
US Navy 1961 - 1964

Bill W. Hendon, D.D.S.
U.S. Army 1967-1969

Ft. Sam Houston, TX; Ft. Hamilton, NY;General Douglas MacArthurís Dental Clinic-Lower Manhattan, N.Y.C.; One year in South Korea along DMZ.

After service: Supervising Dentist Saskatchewan Dental Plan, Supervising Dentist Department of Northern Service, Zone Dental Officer- Northwest British Columbia, Regional Dental Officer Manitoba Region-Department of National Health and Welfare, Canada, Supervising Dentist-National School of Dental Therapy Canada, Associate Professor of Dentistry University of Toronto; Private Dental Practice in La Follette, TN until retirement in 2007.

Jerry McCloud
U.S. Army 1965-1976

401st Military Police Prisoner of War Camp

James "Cas" R. Walker
U.S. Army 1963 -1965

Stationed at Ft. Irwin, CA and also served in Alaska for short time. Communications Specialist. Played on the Ft. Irwin basketball team. After discharge, served in U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years.


James Boyd Francis, MD
US Air Force 1973 - 1975

Joined the US Air Force Medical Corps in October 1973. He received 2 weeks of orientation at Wichita Falls, TX.  He served as a General Medical Officer at a clinic on the K-2 base in Taegu, Korea, from November 1973 until May 1974, when the base was downsized, and he was reassigned to the Air Force base in Kunsan, Korea.  In November, 1974, he was assigned to duty at the Air Force base in Minot, North Dakota, where he served on the staff of a regional hospital until October 1975.  He was discharged from active duty with the rank of Major.

Dwight Goodman
US Air Force 1963-1967

Dwight trained as a Russian Linguist at Syracuse University and while operating out of England, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Iran flew over 200 aerial missions against the former Soviet Union during the height of the "Cold War". A replica of the reconnaisance aircraft C-130 from his squadron shot down by the Soviets stands at the National Vigilance Park at Fort Meade, Maryland.  To see this replica, click on this link

John Lovegrove
US Army 1965-1967

Platoon Sgt. at Phom Dong, K

Joe Green


Louie Chaniott

David Disney
US Air Force 1965-1969

Aerospace Defense Command, 343rd Fighter Group Security Police Squadron, Duluth Air Force Base Duluth, Minnesota.

Clell Huff
US Army

Clell was in the Viet Nam War. He went into service in 1966 to 1968. He currently lives in Griffin, Georgia.

George Davis
US Air Force

George served two tours of duty at Bien Hoa Airforce Base August 1966 to March 1968 with 3rd Civil Engineer and 3rd Security Police.

Jack Widener
US Marines 1965-1968

Sgt. E-5

Ron Cordell
US Air Force

Eugene "Gene" Prater
US Navy 1964-1967

Served in Vietnam in the U.S. Naval Activity-Da Nang from November 1965-October 1966


Cecil Eugene Anderson
US Army  1966 - 1969

Served in Vietnam, and was an Army Tank Commander in the National Guard for many years after the war.

William Anderson
US Army

Ronnie Beeler
US Army 1969 - 1971

Marvin Bolinger
US Army 1969 - 1963

1969--Ft Benning, Georgia--2LT, Infantry officer; 1970--Ft Hood, Texas--1LT--also Republic of Panama for Jungle School;  1970-1971--Republic of Vietnam, CPT--served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam;  1974-1990--Army Reserves--Major thru LTC; 1990-1991--Desert Storm, Fort Campbell, Ky---LTC; 1991-1993--Army Reserves; Retired as Colonel.

Richard Brown
US Army 1970 - 1971

Served two years as a Military Instructor in the Army's Field Medic Training Program at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas during the Viet Nam conflict 1970-71.

Mike Cassell

John Goins
US Army 1965 - 1967

Vietnam from October 1966 to October 1967 with the 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery and 4th Battalion, 60th Artillery.

George Heatherly (KIA)
US Army

SP4-E4 -Army-Regular; 4th Infantry Division; 22 years old;  Caucasion Male; Married; Born on Apr 13, 1947; From LAFOLLETTE, TENNESSEE; Length of service 1 year; His tour of duty began on Mar 08, 1969; Casualty was on May 14, 1969 in Pleiku, South Vietnam;  Hostile, Ground Casualty Other Explosive Device; Body was recovered.

Steve Hale

US Marine Corp 1965 - 1969; Air National Guard 1970 -1974; Army National Guard 1975 - 1978; US Navy Construction Battalion 1978 - 1993; Retired after 27 years.

Don Johnson
US Army--864th Engineer Battalion 1966-1968

Don Kinder
US Army Artillery 1967-1970

Harold Lovett
United States Marine Corp

Jerry Leach
United States Marine Corp

Don Kinder
US Army 1966-1968

Siler McCarty
US Army 1966 -1968

Verlin McCulley
US Army Engineers

Denny Prater
United States Marine Corp  Sept 1965 to Sep 1969

Vietnam  May 1966 until July 1967 Chu Lai, Da Nang, DMZ, & Inland areas. Sgt E-5 at release Honorable Discharge

Boyd Stagnolia
US Army E5 1965 - 1967

Ray Sweat
US Army 1968 - 1969
H870 Trans Vietnam

Richard Turney
1st Lt, US army, 1966-1969. Engineer Corp, Fort Belvoir; served in Vietnam from September 1968-November 1969 as Engineer Supply Officer for the 1st Division in Xian, RVN

Lawrence Williams
US Army 1966 - 1969

 I was assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for basic training.  Completed training in September and was assigned to communications school in Fort Gordon, Georgia. I was stationed there until the end of April '67 and received orders for South Vietnam (May 67-May 68).  My places of duty there were Pleiku, Qui Nhon, (when my brother in law J.T. Lomgmars of LaFollette was also on duty), Da Nang, Phu Bi, Hue City, and Dong Ha (DMZ).  Spent my last year of service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  E.T.S.'d as an E5/SP5.

James Woodson
US Army 1965 - 1967

Bobby Baird
US Army 1967 - 1969

Bobby Baird served in the Army from 1967-1969. He served in Viet Nam as a point man with the infantry in Da Nang and as a machinist.

Roger Jones
US Army 1966


Joe Ellison
U.S. Coast Guard

From Wells Spring Community. Married to former Dale Greene. No Children. Last 25 years with Eaton Corporation - several positions in OH, NC, MI, CO, and now living in Hendersonville, TN.

Jimmy Goins
US Army

David Hicks
US Army

Gail (Minton) Brnich
US Air Force

Served at Kessler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi and Ramstein AFB in Germany

Bill Parrott
US Army

Dickie Walter Reagan (KIA)
US Army

SGT - E5 - Army - Regular 101st Airborne Division 21 year old Single, Negro, Male
Born on Feb 03, 1949 From LUMBERTON, NORTH CAROLINA (Originally LaFollette);
His tour of duty began on Oct 14, 1969; Casualty was on May 06, 1970 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam; Hostile, Ground Casualty Artillery, Rocket, or Mortar; Body was recovered.

Charles Scott
US Army 1968 - 1970

I was in the United States Army from December 1968 until September 1970. I served with the 9TH Infantry Division in Viet Nam from May 1969 until May 1970 in the Mekong Delta. My battalion base camp was located in Rach Kien, South Viet Nam, which is in Long An Province about 50 miles south of Saigon.  I am a career law enforcement officer. I retired in December 2003 from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and accepted the appointment of "Chief Deputy Sheriff" with the Campbell County Sheriff Department. I have been in law enforcement for 35 years.

I reside in Eagle Bluff Estates, with my wife of 32 years, Shirley Scott. I have two children, Amy, who resides in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Jennifer Lambert, who resides in Glade Springs and is employed at the Campbell County Sheriff's department.

David Stittums
US Marines

Ben Heatherly
US Air Force 1969 - 1973

Viet Nam Veteran. I served in the Air Force from May 1969 to Feb 1973. I have an honorable discharge and I was a Staff Sergeant at discharge. I went on to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a BSBA in 1978. My son is now a Veteran and has made a career in the Air Force. Visit my web page at Ben Heatherly

J.V. Russell
US Marines 1967 - 1973

J V Russell served in the Marines from 1967-1973.He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, stationed at Marble Mountain as an electronics technician. He left the Marines with the rank of Sergeant.

Richard Lovegrove
US Army

Spec 4, Vietnam


Denis Brock
United States Army--1969-1971

SGT E-5  US Army Special Security Group; Asst. Chief of Staff for Intelligence, ACSI, DA; Pentagon, Washington, DC USARV, Long Binh(MACV), South Vietnam XVIII Airborne Corp; Ft. Bragg, NC AIT; Ft. Gordon, GA Basic Training; Ft. Jackson, SC.

Sharie (Hausser) Russell
US Army 1974 - 1995

After graduation from LHS in 1967, and Carson-Newman College in 1971, Sharie returned to the faculty of LaFollette High School, teaching freshman English, and drivers' education for almost 3 years. In April of 1974, she left her teaching job to accept a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps. After graduation from WAC Officer Basic, Sharie was assigned to the Military Police Corps, where she spent the remainder of her 21-year career. During that time, she served in a variety of locations, including Ft. Eustis and Ft. Story, VA; Taegu, Korea; and Mannheim, Germany.

As a Captain, Sharie commanded the First MP Company at Ft. Irwin, CA. As a Lieutenant Colonel, she commanded over 1200 soldiers in the 701st MP Battalion at Ft. McClellan, AL from 1992-94. She culminated her career as the Chief of MP Branch at the U.S. Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, VA, retiring in August of 1995. Sharie currently resides on the shores of Lake Logan Martin in Lincoln, AL and works for Battelle Memorial Institute, developing training programs on weapons of mass destruction and anti-terrorism for the Department of Defense and other government clients.

Bill Brooks Long (KIA)
US Army

CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service;1st Cav Division (AMBL); 20 year old Married, Caucasian, Male Born on Apr 06, 1949; From LA FOLLETTE, TENNESSEE; His tour of duty began on Sep 08, 1969; Casualty was on Jan 29, 1970 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam; Hostile, Ground Casualty Multiple Fragmentation Wounds; Body was recovered.

Ronnie Wright

Spec. 4 321st. Transportation 1st. of the 50th. Mechanized Infantry. Served in Viet Nam from Dec. 1969 to Nov. 1970, including time spent in Long Bhen, Quan Loy & Phant Thiet. Awarded (2) Bronze Stars

William "Bill" Ford, Jr.

United States Army--1967-1975

William (Bill) Ford Jr. enlisted in the US Army in June 5, 1967, after completing Basic Training, and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He went on to complete airborne training at Ft Benning, Georgia; where he was selected to attend the US Armyís Noncommissioned Officer Candidate Course in November 1967. After graduating NCOC in March 1968 he was promoted to sergeant (E-5). In June 1968 he was assigned to Co B 1st BN 28th Inf. Div. 1st Infantry Division, Viet Nam where he served as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sgt until June 1969, He was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal (over 25 combat air assaults).

After Viet Nam Bill reenlisted for 6 years. Spending 3 years in Berlin, Germany as a Platoon Sgt., for the balance of his enlistment he was assigned as an instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and US Army Jungle Operations Training Center (Panama Canal).

Bill left the military in 1975 as a Staff Sergeant (E-6)

Sgt. H. R. Douglas
US Army

H.R. attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC and a leadership course at Ft. Jackson, SC. He was with the Military Police, 3rd Battalion 8th Division in Manheim, Germany. He was in the Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division) in Chu Lai South Vietnam. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.

Wynn Claiborne
US Army

Kenny Sharp
US Army


Steve Goins
US Marines 1969 - 1970

Robert Joseph "Corky" Huddleston (KIA)
US Army

SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service; 198th Light Infantry Brigade; 20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male Born on Oct 08, 1949; From LA FOLLETTE, TENNESSEE; His tour of duty began on Mar 04, 1970; Casualty was on May 12, 1970 in Quang Tin, South Vietnam; Hostile, died of wounds Ground Casualty; Other Explosive Device; Body was recoved.


Don Banister
US Army  1969-1971

Charles Bratcher
US Army  1973-1979

Warren G. (Butch) Hatfield Jr.
Sgt. US Army 1970 - 1972

Mannheim, German MOS 11ER6; Done my job, nothing more, nothing less !!  A learning experience that has never left me !! Extremely PROUD to be a Veteran and even more PROUD of ALL OUR VETERANS !!

Roger McCarty
U S Army 1969-1971

After graduation on 5/19/69, I turned 18 on 8/9/69 and was in the US Army on 08/11/69. Larry McCarty and I went in the Army on the Buddy Plan. We went to Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC. My MOS in th Army was 71H20 Personnel Specialist. I went to Vietnam on 28 July 1970 and left Vietnam on 23 July 1971. I was in the 84th Engineer Battallion (Const). I spent 1 year, 11 months, and 14 days in the US Army with 1 year in Vietnam from July 1970 - July 1971. When I came out of the Army on 24 July 1971, my rank was Specialist 5th Class.

Larry Tidwell
US Army  1970-1973

Vietnam 1971-1972 in Army Aviation


John Floyd

Steve Gillium
US Navy

Bobby Johnson
US Army

Gary Nelson

Jimmy Parrott
US Army

Glenn  Petree
US Army

David Petree
US Army

Allen W. Seal
US Army

Ft. Knox, KY for basic, Ft. Gordon, GA for AIT,  then served with 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas where he was honorably discharged after 2 years of service.

Steve Stout
US Army

Terry Wilson
US Air Force

Andrew Jones
US Army 1971-1973

U S Army Diver


Mike Copley (killed--Iraq)


Coke Poe
US Army 1973 - 1976

Coke Poe entered the United States Army in November of 1973 and was assigned to the United States Army Security Agency, a military branch of the National Security Agency.  He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and was trained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Gordon, Georgia.  His first assignment was as a multi channel communications technician at a border site on the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.  His duties there included operating and maintaining classified equipment used to monitor North Korean and Chinese activities and troop movements.  Coke's stateside duty included a 12 month tour at Fort Devens, Massachusetts serving at the U. S. Army Security Agency Training Center and School until his honorable discharge in November of 1976.

Brenda (Miller) Williams
US Air Force 1974 - 1996

Brenda entered the United States Air Force in January of 1974. After completing basic and technical training, she was assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, spending one year and then was assigned to Nakhon Phanon, Thailand. After this assignment she was assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina. In 1977, Brenda separated from the Air Force to attend college. In 1979, she reentered the Air Force and spent the remainder of her 21 year career, as a paralegal. During that time, she served in a variety of locations, including Shaw AFB, Osan Korea, and Moody AFB, where she retired. Brenda is also a Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran, where she served 6 months in the United Arab Emirates. Brenda culminated her career as the Law Office Manager for the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, retiring in August 1996 as an E-7, Master Sergeant. She currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia.


Raymond McGhee
Raymond served 23 years in the United States Naval Reserve and Tennessee Army National Guard from 13 Dec 1986 to 18 Mar 2009. Raymond served many tours of duty in Japan, Guam, Italy, Spain and Turkey and served in the combat zone of Iraq during 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Raymond retired from the 252nd Military Police Unit in March 2009.

David Russell
US Army  1975 - 1978

Entered the Army 1975, Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC.  AIT at Fort Gordon, GA, trained as a Telecommunications Specialist. Overseas tour Ui Jong Bu, South Korea, 1976 -1977.  Received honorable discharge from active duty 1978.  Currently serving in the Army Reserve, Battlefield Projection Group, 1st BDE, 87th Division, Birmingham, Alabama as a battlefield systems simulation coach and NCOIC.

Mark Heatherly

US Navy

Served in the USN from 1975-1980. Basic training San Diego, CA. School in Memphis, TN. Assigned to VA-95 A6 Squadron Whidbey Island, WA. Served on the USS Coral Sea & USS America as an Aviation Ordnanceman. Discharged honorably as a 2nd class Petty Officer

Paris Ward
Serving in Iraq 2005

John McCreary
U.S. Army 1974 -1977


Linda Anderson
US Army 1975 - 1995

My assignments included Korea, Germany,  Alaska,and Hawaii.

Linda Bratcher

Ken Bruce

Clyde Shoffner

Bob Stooksbury
US Air Force

Bob Stooksbury joined the US Air Force in October 1979. Upon completion of Basic Training, he was assigned to a rapid deployable unit in South Korea.  While in Korea, he earned an Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and the Air Force Expert Marksmanship Award. In 1981, he was relocated to Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona and remained there until October 1993.  During that time, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and three Air Force Commendation Medals for Meritorious Service.  Additionally, he was awarded the Air Forces' highest award for Individual Leadership. He was then assigned to Robins Air Force Base in central Georgia in 1993. Two years later, he was moved to Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska where he earned the US Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Southwest Asian Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

During his 24 years of service, Bob has earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Education, Business Administration, and Public Health.  He also holds degrees in Engineering and Environmental.

Gary Wisner

Unsure of Graduation Year

1st Lt.  Henry (Hank) Hamblin Jr.
US ARMY 1986 -

Presently Enlisted as a Private in 1986 and worked his way up to Sergeant FirstClass. He is now an Infantry Officer who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is proud of his heritage and his hometown of LaFollette. He is currently a Company Commander at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Robert Carroll
US Army 1963 - 1969 Vietnam

My Name is Old Glory

 I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for
more than 200 years:
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France, the Argonne forest, Anzio, Rome,
the beaches of Normandy, the deserts of Africa, the
cane fields of the Philippines, the rice paddies and
jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
And a score of places long forgotten by all but those
who were with me.
I was there.
I led soldiers - I followed them.
I watched over them.
They loved me.

I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I'm presently in the mountains of Afganistan
and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq and wherever
freedom is needed.

I led my troops.
I was dirty,

battleworn and tired.
But my soldiers cheered me

and I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets
of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt for I am  invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned,
torn and trampled

in the streets of my country.
And when it's done by those Whom I've served
in battle - it hurts.

But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the  bonds of Earth and stood watch
over the uncharted frontiers of space from my
vantage point on the moon.

I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn  into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the  battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I  lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,

I am proud.
My name is Old Glory.
Dear God -Long may I wave.

Author--Msgt. Don Miller (in honor of his highly decorated war hero--his brother)

Before You Go dedicated to World War II and Korean War Veterans or Before You Go--dedicated to our Vietnam Veterans

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