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Sgt. John White, of McKinney, was with the 20th Engineer Combat Battalion in WWII. Read his recollections of Omaha Beach
on 6 June, 1944.
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Monuments, Memorials and
Historic Markers of
Collin County

Confederate Memorial Farmersville

Four Collin County
Marines lost at IWO JIMA

LOST AT SEA
22 Collin County men

have been killed at
sea. Many went down
with their ships.

Sinking of the USS Hornet

PEARL HARBOR
Collin County lost 4 men in
the opening minutes of WWII




CURRENT EVENTS of INTEREST for
VETERANS and PATRIOTS of 
COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS ...

Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney
The WALL OF HONOR at the
COLLIN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK in McKINNEY

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES
Monday, May 29, 2017

Ridgeview Memorial Park, McKinney, Texas


PECAN GROVE CEMETERY
1701 S. McDonald St. McKinney
10:00 am

Join us for the 33rd Annual Pecan Grove Cemetery Memorial Day Tribute to our Troops. This year will also honor the WWI veterans buried at Pecan Grove in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. entry to WWI. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and all guests should bring a lawn chair.

RIDGEVIEW MEMORIAL PARK
2525 N. Central Expwy Allen
1:00 pm

Master of Ceremonies – RAY RICHARDSON, US Navy, Commander VFW Post 2150, Vietnam Veteran
Opening Prayer
– DAVE HOCH, US Army, Vietnam Veteran, Chaplain VFW Post 2150
Keynote Address
– “Honoring the Heroes of WWI” - RONNIE “RD” FOSTER, USMC, Vietnam Veteran. RD Foster was born and raised in Collin County, Texas, graduated from McKinney High School in 1966 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18. He served as a Marine for three years, including tours in Okinawa, the Philippine Islands and Vietnam and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. A well-known singer/songwriter, RD is also an award-winning author, with two books about Vietnam. As a community leader he was instrumental in the creation of the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney. In 2010 he was selected “Patriot of the Year” by the Texas Veterans Commission and was honored by McKinney High School as a “Distinguished Graduate”. He is currently writing a book that chronicles the lives of the approximately 385 young patriots from Collin County who died in the service of our country.
Reading of the Names
– DAVE HOCH
"Taps"
- DALE LITTRELL 
Special recognition will be given to the fourteen young men buried at Ridgeview who died while serving our country:
PFC KENNETH J. HILL, 19, US Army, Killed in action in South Korea 23 December 1950.
Specialist 5th Class BILLY RAY DENNIS, 34, US Army, died in Korea 3 January 1963.
Seaman 1st Class TOMMY WAYNE HARRIS, 20, US Navy, died 14 May, 1965.
Corporal DARRELL "GEORGE" MAHAN, 20, USMC, Killed in action in Vietnam 19 August 1967.
PFC THOMAS B. HOLDBROOKS, 19, USMC, Killed in action in Vietnam 28 December, 1967.
Corporal CHARLES W. "BILL" BRYAN, 20, USMC, Killed in action in Vietnam 20 January, 1968.
Sgt. GARY LEE ELDRIDGE, 23, McKinney, US Army, Vietnam veteran, died 12 February 1968.
Seaman PAUL GORDON LUNA, 18, US Navy, died 8 Sept, 1969.
Captain RICHARD MICHAEL RYAN, 24, USAF, killed in a helicopter crash 20 September, 1969.
Specialist 4th Class VERNON WAYNE WOODY, 22, US Army, Killed in Vietnam 30 January 1970.
Specialist 5th Class MARTIN LEROY RODGERS, 18, US Army, Killed in action in Vietnam 26 July 1970.
PFC ANTHONY ADAM LANDERS, 19, US Army, died 26 July, 2003.
Corporal TYLER SETH TROVILLION, 23, USMC, Killed in action in Iraq 15 June, 2005.
Lance/Corporal JACOB D. HAYES, 24, USMC, died of wounds received in Iraq 17 December 2008.


AUDIE MURPHY DAY in FARMERSVILLE
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Audie Murphy

7:30-9 AM Veterans check in at First Baptist Church. (124 S. Washington Street). Special military exhibits on display and refreshments served. Merchandise available for sale.
10 AM Commemorative Air Force Flyover and then downtown parade begins. Veterans riding. Historic military vehicles, classic cars, tractors, and more featured.
10:45 AM Program under the Onion Shed. Local veterans, active duty personnel and Audie Murphy to be honored. Merchandise available for sale.
12 noon: Reception for Veterans at First Baptist Church.
12 - 3 PM: Historic Bain-Honaker Museum open for tours with special patriotic display and celebration of their 150th year, at 108 College Street. Free.
9 AM - 4 PM: Rike Memorial Library- see the Audie Murphy exhibit, 203 Orange Street.
About Audie Murphy Day: Audie Murphy Day in Farmersville, Texas, began in 1999 as a solemn remembrance of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II, who came home to a hero's welcome in downtown Farmersville in 1945. Today this Main Street Program event draws thousands and honors our local veterans as well as our "hometown hero" Audie Murphy. Popular activities over the years have included a parade, (complete with local Vets riding in historic vehicles), a brief program giving biographical information about Audie Murphy, a roll call of local veterans, and military exhibits.
Audie_Murphy_Day in Farmersville info:



Forty-two Fallen Warriors Portraits Displayed at the Collin County Court House

 The portraits of 42 young Collin County patriots who have died while in the service of our country are on permanent display in the  “Hall of Heroes” at the Collin County Courthouse, 2100 Bloomdale Road,  McKinney. There are 377 names engraved on the “Wall of Honor” at the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney, and the goal of the Collin County Fallen Warrior Portrait Project is to put as many faces as possible with those names.

The Collin County Fallen Warrior Portrait Project is privately funded and sponsored by American Legion “Bill Bryan” Post 110, VFW “Lone Star” Post 2150 and Collin County Freedom Fighters.com. The portraits are created by McKinney artist and US Air Force veteran, Colin Kimball, who donates his time and talents to this historic project.

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 Robert E. “Pete” Cuffman 
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 Weldon H. “Stokes” Stallcup
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 Joe R. Holley
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 Matthew R. Courtois
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 Herman W. Tyner
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Nolan Bowers 
 
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James W. McWilliams
 Robert Johnson photo Robert_JohnsonLR_zps2am032hk.jpg
Robert B. Johnson 
 
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Bobby G. Harris
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Michael Luke Boatright
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Lawrence E. Jones 
 
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Jasper Sanders 
 Charles Harrington photo Harrington_LR_zpsj2pm7og2.jpg
Charles E. Harrington Jr. 
 Timothy Hanley photo Hanley_LR2_zps0ulz8ydw.jpg
Timothy J. Hanley 
 Tommy Caraway photo Tommy_Caraway_Lowres_zpsgkvlzqau.jpg
Thomas G. Caraway 
Charles Jeanes photo CharlesOJeanes_zpsbd4c16df.jpg Bill Bryan photo Corporal_Bryan_Portrait_LowRes_zpsf0621718.jpg Steindam, Russell A. photo New_Steindam_Portrait_Lowres_zps8z3qlgyt.jpg Johnny Craver photo Craver_CourthouseLR_zps7622cfdc.jpg  photo Burks_Legacy_zpsc7b6b33b.jpg
Charles O. Jeanes
WWII
Charles W. "Bill" Bryan
Vietnam
Russell A. Steindam
Vietnam
Johnny K. Craver
Iraq
Peter H. Burks
Iraq
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Roy E. Matthews
WWI
John Stroup
WWII
James Jabara
WWII, Korea, Vietnam
Robert Ray Brown
Vietnam
Brian Smith
Iraq
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Billy Joe Younger
WWII
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Robert Robinson
Korea
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James Malone 
Vietnam
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Charles Hoffman 
Vietnam
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Tyler Trovillion
Iraq
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Peter Courcy 
Afghanistan
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Cody Board 
Afghanistan
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Robert Welch III 
Afghanistan
Ann Compton
Ann Compton
WWI

Robert Bently
WWII
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LUSCOMBE, FRANCIS R. 
WWII

Steven Hutchings
Vietnam
Robert Bently
Jacob Hayes
Iraq
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SCOGGINS, ROYCE G. 
Vietnam
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HOLDBROOKS, THOMAS B. 
Vietnam
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ALLEN, WOODROW H.
WWII
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CARAWAY, JAMES T.  
WWII
 

The Collin County Portrait Project is privately funded and sponsored by American Legion “Bill Bryan” Post 110 and Collin County Freedom Fighters. The portraits are created by McKinney artist and US Air Force veteran, Colin Kimball, who donates his time and talents to this historic project. 

RECORDS OF ALL US MILITARY UNITS in VIETNAM AVAILABLE HERE


HISTORY of
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COLLIN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK in McKINNEY
6053 Weiskopf Ave


Go to Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney Wall of Honor

377 Collin County heroes
have given their lives in
the service of our country.
 Read about them on the
WALL of HONOR

WALL of HONOR
TIMELINE 1913-2011

HALL of HEROES
Photos of heroes on the

Wall of Honor

PHOTO GALLERIES
Military Service Pictures
from Collin County Vets
RD Foster USMC

Directory & Photos of
Collin County Veterans

Collin County, Texas

Two Collin County men
have been awarded the
MEDAL OF HONOR
MEDAL OF HONOR  CLICK HERE
Audie Murphy - WWII
Russell Steindam - Vietnam

NAVY CROSS
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Charles O. Jeanes - WWII

 James W. Tobey - WWII
Charles W. Bryan - Vietnam

 

SEMPER FIDELIS ANCHORS AWEIGH An ARMY of ONE Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder
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