County Honor Rolls

Main St at Center St
Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina

 

 

"In memory of the nine hundred and thirty men of
Davidson County who served in the World War
and in memory of the following who gave their lives for the flag "
Pro Deo Et Patria
 
"In memory of those who made the
supreme sacrifice in World War II
and the early days of the Korea Conflict "
"In honor of the Davidson County Veterans
who served their country during the VietNam war
and in memory of those who gave their lives for the United States"
"Erected December 18, 1972
by the
FLOYD LEE BERRIER POST

VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS of U.S.
Dedicated to honor all of the veterans
who have served honorably in the military services of the United States"

 

 

 

Tour Notes

 

"God Is For The Patriots" - As was still the custom in the early 20th century, black soldiers of World War I were still segregated, even from honor and recognition bestowed by death. The number of dead in World War II was much greater, nearly 200 hundred men did not return. For those that did, great changes lie ahead.

The losses of Vietnam are so well documented that it becomes easy to find a heart wrenching story in these honor rolls. Found here are men who died within days of arrival in the combat zone, young fathers whose children never got the chance to really know "Dad", and losses due to accidents in aviation training and routine transport by ground vehicles; men who were draftees and those who were "Regular Army" and on their second tours.

 Look for the story of Vann Sherrill - he was one of the young "Thunderbirds" of the 118th Assault Helicopter Company. Airborne as the co-pilot on a routine flight for refresher training, the mission was interrupted not by one medevac call, but two. During the approach for the second evacuation Vann was hit by small arms fire and died almost immediately. His pilot, and friend, CW2 Ron Madsen relates the event clearly on the Thunderbirds reunion website. As visitors read his story, we realize that the suffering will never stop for many of the men whom survived these missions. They will always remember those instances when the two distinct lines of life, and the hazard of war, intersect in tragedy. When you next pass by an Honor Roll, pause and remember those left behind - for they will forever grieve.

04/2007