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Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
1. Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial
Left to right, first column: Spanish American War, World War I; second column: Civil War; center stone: Poem: “Freedom is Not Free”; third column: World War II; fourth column: Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terror.
Inscription.  
Freedom Is Not Free

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.

Spanish American
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
2. Spanish-American War and World War I Dead
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War, 1898

Spalding Winchester

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
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
3. Civil War Dead
• Robert Curr • Martin Curry • Chapman C. Cutright • Wesley Depoy • George M. Douglas • James Fairbarn • Henry Farron • William Fleming • Benjamin Garrol • Washington Garvin • Perry Hersman • John C. Higginbotham • Charles K. Hodges • Peter Hoffman • Henry Hoover • Anson R. Jack • Henderson Jack • Henry Clay Jackson • David Johns • Douglas Johns • Henry Latham • William Littlefield • Harvey Long • Pleasant P. Lowe • Reuben Maher • William A. Marley • Fenton H. Martin • Ezra Morgan • George Nicholas • Jesse Nixon • Adam Peck • Jonathan Pence • Benjamin Potts • Brown W. Pritt • Peter H. Ratcliff • Lafayette Reed • Samuel Rice • James H. Shawver • Eldridge V. Shobe • Manel Simmons • Closson E. Simons • Jacob Simons • Elijah Smallridge • Jacob C. Smith • Marshall Smith • William Smith • William P. Smith • Elnathan Strader • George S. Strader • Thomas Suttler • Jacob Talbott • Robert B. Tallman • Philip. T. Teetes • John L. Tenney • John Owen L. Tillman • William Townsend • John J. Vincent • Samuel Wallridge • Ezra S. Waulrus • William Wentz • William M. Westfall • John J. White • Samuel H. Wilfong • James S. Wilson • Richard B. Wingfield • Amandas Young • Asa B. Young • Edwin Young •

World War II, 1941 – 1945
Cecil M. Alkire • William Anglin • Llewellyn
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
4. Freedom Is Not Free
Boyd Allender • Harold W. Bailey • Ward Bailey • Ray L. Ball • Maxwell R. Barnet •t Daris Paul Bean • Dorfie W. Black • Jennings P. Black • Robert Black • Sherald P. Brady • Charles R. Brown • Jack Burner • James W. Burner • Richard L. Byrne • Paul J. Carpenter • Ira E. Chappell • Elmer Claypole • Mackenzie W. Craig, Sr. • Doris F. Craven • Bernard M. Cress • Charles H. Crites • Darius W. Crites • Jonathan A. Crites • Robert Crites • James C. Curkendoll O'Dell S. Davidson • French Debarr • Hartzel E. Dean • Henry C. Edgell • French Eskew • John W. Finch • William D. Findley • Cecil B. Fisher. Jr. • Richard B. Fowkes, Jr. • William Halterman • Oren Harris • Roy E. Hawkins • George F. Hoover. Sr. • Sherley M. Hornbeck • Lewis E. Johnston • Clifton Karickoff • Robert L. Keim • Joseph E. Kinkaid • Margel S. Landes • Marple W. Landes • Leroy G. Lanham • Wallace O. Leigh • William K. Liston • Archie Mccray • James R. McDermott • Glenville McDonald • Charles T. McKissic • Albert E. Miles • Ova R. Miller • Ralph E. Nesbitt • Victor A. Osburn • Herman K. Phillips • William W. Phillips • Wilmer G. Poling • Roscoe Prince • Lowell L. Queen • Donald E. Reed • Richard K. Reeder • Carl R. Reger • Denzel N. Roby • Chalmer H. Rohr • Sammy Tenney Rowan • Charles B. Shreve • Denver Shreve
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
5. World War II Dead
• Donald P. Simmons • James Simons • Paul Russell Smith • Walter William Smith • Edward Tenney • Vet E. Tenney • Herbert Thomas • Goff J. Tomey • Ralph E. Travis • James Trussler • Robert H. Waggy • Carl J. Wagoner • Raymond Lee Wagner • Alvin F. Walton • Oren Odel Walton • William T. Warner • Woodrow W. Warner • James Norton Waugh • Verl Z. Williams • Nelson M. Wilson • Freddie M. Withers • Arnold G. Zickefoose

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 –
Michael Green
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, Korean
Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
6. Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial
War, Spanish-AmericanWar, US CivilWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, 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 2 miles 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); Destruction at the Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Buckhannon / Frontier Days (approx. 1.2 miles away); The West Virginia Strawberry Festival (approx. 1.2 miles away); The History Center (approx. 1.3 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.
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 16, 2021
7. To All Veterans, Thank You
All gave some, some gave all. For the freedom you provided for the citizens of the United States of America.
 
 
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 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 18, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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