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PHOTOS: Richmond County war casualties remembered at Memorial Day service

Charlie Tyler of the AMVETS Post 316 honor guard plays taps at the annual Memorial Day service at VFW Post 4203. See more photos below the story. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s war dead were remembered Saturday in the annual Memorial Day Service.

Rainy weather moved the service — a joint effort of local veterans organizations — from Veterans Memorial Park to the hall at VFW Post 4203.

The wreaths representing the nation’s wars and veterans groups, normally individually placed during the service, lined one wall of the room.

During the ceremony, those from the county who were killed during the Vietnam War were individually recognized with the ringing of a bell and salute by cadets from Richmond Senior High School’s Army JROTC Raider Battalion as their names were called out.

Richmond County’s Vietnam casualties were:

Thomas Lee Lewis – U.S. Army

Robert Austin Stubberfield – U.S. Air Force

James Arthur Ashecraft – U.S. Army

Jimmie Louis Ellerbe – U.S. Army

Luther Harris Howard – U.S. Army

James Edward McPherson – U.S. Army

Lonnie Ellerbe Jr. – U.S. Marine Corps

Benjamin Tally Dawkins – U.S. Army


Billie Grover Russ – U.S. Army

Noah Leland Smith – U.S. Army

Lonnie Elwood Hoopaugh – U.S. Navy

Wiley Barry Moss – U.S. Army

Donald Lincoln Covington – U.S. Army

William Thomas Waddell – U.S. Army

(Note: Photos from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.)

The honor guard from AMVETS Post 316 performed a Missing Man Table ceremony, as well as a 21-gun salute and playing of taps at the end of the service.

The town of Dobbins Heights held a Memorial Day service on Friday.

See more photos from Saturday’s service below.

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