Near Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial
I saw the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze,
A young marine saluted it,
And then he stood at-ease;
I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square an eyes alert,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I wondered how many like him,
Had fallen through the years;
How many died on foreign soil,
How many mothers' tears;
How many pilots planes shot down,
How many died at sea;
How many foxholes were soldiers graves,
No, freedom is not free.
I heard the sound of taps one night.
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;
I wondered just how many times that taps
Had meant amen:
A final farewell
To a brother or a friend.
I thought about the children,
The mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands,
With interrupted lives;
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unknown graves at Arlington,
No, freedom is not free.
World War I, 1917 – 1918
Arden H. Andrews Frank B. Bartlett Bryan L. Bennett Arthur D. Brady Oaks L. Bragg Andrew T. Buchanon Lloyd W. Carpenter Charles C. Curry Amon Cutright Walter Kyle Davis William F. Dean Newton Dunmire Lidie C. Facemire Paul M. Fidler Lorenze Flint Forman H. Goodwin Loy J. Gould Albert L. Halterman Festus H. Hornbeck Joseph D. Hornbeck Hugh House Pearly B. Howes Cecil C. Hyre James F. Loudin Ralph E. Lowe Richard Napier Charles M. Perry Frank A. Reger Lawson D. Regester Willis P. Rinehart Howard Rowan William P. Smith Clifford R. Stockert Austn S. Taylor Marcellious C. Tenney Benjamin D. Wagner Joseph Wagner Hobart G. Wilfong Frank F. Wittkamp
Civil War, 1861 – 1865
George Armstrong Granvlle Armstrong John W Armstrong William Baker Josiah Bennett Calvin Boyd Jacob Brake Burnham A. Bunten Dwight G. Bunten Henry B. Bunten Walter Bunten Samuel A. Burns Elmore E Casto Simon Casto Benjamin J. Clarkson James Clarkson David H. Cochran Lewis F. Corbitt Philip Crites Sherman Cummings Andrew W. Cunningham John A. Cunningham William Cunningham
World War II, 1941 – 1945
Cecil M. Alkire William Anglin Llewellyn
Korean War, 1950 – 1953
Eugene E Arbogast Charles Bostick James Edmond Crowl Paul Riffle George A. Grove Richard C. Hope Jack R. Hyre Marvin E. Lantz Eugene Lipps Howard W. Mathews Howard W Ogden Junior E. Reed George T. Snyder Paul R. West James E. Woods Evert H. Woody Winton L. Wyats
Vietnam War, 1961 – 1973
Everett A. Currency Ronald P. Dean William Dely Ronald L. Fenstermacher Leslie R. Groves Isaac P. Huffman Raymond D. Kesling Ronald Kesling Billy W. Rapp Lesley W. Reed William L. Reger Cecil V. Ware
Gulf War, War On Terror, 1990 –
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, Korean • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 39° 0.205′ N, 80° 12.766′ W. Marker is near Buckhannon, West Virginia, in Upshur County. Memorial can be reached from Hall Road, 0.3 miles north of 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling north. It is in the western part of Heavner Cemetery, on the westmost side. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buckhannon WV 26201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. D. D. T. Farnsworth (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Resting Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); George R. Latham (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrison County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Joyce S. Stockert (approx. one mile away); Charles Burton "Charley" Harper (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dairy Queen / Buckhannon City Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Leonard Mactaggart "Pare" Lorentz (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhannon.
More about this memorial. The poem, “Freedom is Not Free,” was written in 1981 by Kelly Strong, then a high school senior, as a tribute to his father, a Marine and Vietnam veteran. It is copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong and used here under fair use because it is included in a faithful transcription of the inscription on this monument.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 18, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.