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  • Monument Name

    Wayne County Vietnam War Memorial, Goldsboro

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

  • City

    Goldsboro

  • County

    Wayne

  • Description

    The memorial listing dead from the Vietnam War consist of two rectangular slabs of pink granite lying flush with the ground. The smaller of two pieces list two names killed in action, the memorial sponsor and date. The larger piece list lists twenty-five names killed in action and six names of those missing in action.

    Images: Inscriptions on stones | Far-off view

  • Inscription

    Upper stone: KILLED IN ACTION / BILLY W. MCKEEL, SSGT. U.S. ARMY / MISSING IN ACTION / JOSEPH N. HARGROVE, LCPL. U.S.M.C. / PRESENTED BY GOLDSBORO JAYCEES – 1974

    Lower stone: IN HONOR OF THESE WAYNE COUNTY MEN WHO GAVE SO MUCH IN VIETNAM / [Left column] KILLED IN ACTION / BALLREE, EMMETT E. SGT. U.S. ARMY / COATES, JAMES R. SP4 U.S. ARMY / CRAWFORD, WILLIAM D. SFC. U.S ARMY / DANIELS, DONALD E. SP4 U.S. ARMY / DE VANEY, JAMES P. CPL. U.S. ARMY / HARDY, PHILLIP D. CPL. U.S. ARMY / HOWELL, ERNEST R. LT. COL. U.S. ARMY / HOWELL, RALPH SSGT. U.S. ARMY / JONES, STOKELY J. SGT. U.S. ARMY / JONES, WILBERT E. SP4 U.S. ARMY / PARRISH, RUDOLPH S. PFC. U.S. ARMY / PEARSALL, HERBERT, JR. SGT. U.S. ARMY / PIGFORD, PHILLIP W. SGT. U.S. ARMY / RIGGS, RICHARD V. SSGT. U.S. ARMY / TOLER, EDMUND R. PFC. U.S. ARMY / VICK, ALBERT, JR. SP4. U.S. ARMY / [Right column] WATSON, RICHARD W. CAPT. U.S. ARMY / SUTTON, WILLIAM C. MSGT. U.S. AIR FORCE / BORDEN, WILLIAM JR. CAPT. U.S. AIRFORCE / GRANTHAM, JOSEPH M. III PFC. U.S. MARINE CORPS / HOWELL, CASCO D. PVT. U.S. MARINE CORPS / JENKINS, DAN L. LCPL. U.S. MARINE CORPS / LANE, BOBBY R. PVT. U.S. MARINE CORPS / POWER, GEORGE P. LCPL. U.S. MARINE CORPS / VAN HOY, KENNETH E. ATNL. U.S. NAVY / MISSING IN ACTION / DAVIS, EDGAR F. MAY. U.S. AIR FORCE / CORNELIUS, SAMUEL B. CAPT. U.S. AIR FORCE / GOVAN, ROBERT A. LT. COL. U.S AIR FORCE / HAIL WILLIAM W. LT. COL. U.S. AIR FORCE / IRWIN, ROBERT H. MAJ. U.S. AIR FORCE / UNDERWOOD, PAUL G. COL. U.S AIR FORCE

  • Custodian

    City of Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department

  • Dedication Date

    1974

  • Decade

    1970s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.382310 , -77.993940 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Wayne County Veterans Memorial - Goldsboro, NC." Waymarking.com, (accessed July 23, 2015) Link

      Wayne County Veterans Memorial, Goldsboro, NC, http://www.wayneveteransmemorial.org/, (accessed November 8, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Pink Granite

  • Sponsors

    Goldsboro Jaycees

  • Location

    The Vietnam War memorial is located at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial complex at the intersection of E Walnut and N William Streets, in downtown Goldsboro, NC. The Vietnam War memorial can be found down a walkway to the right of the park's memorial wall which also holds a separate plaque to Vietnam War casualties. The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Veterans Memorial is also located in the memorial park.
    The WWI Doughboy Statue and John Lawson memorial are across East Walnut street, in front of the Wayne County Courthouse at 224 East Walnut Street, Goldsboro, NC. A bronze plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church is attached to the left support column of the courthouse building.

  • Landscape

    The memorial sits on the lawn, surrounded by bushes and seasonal plants.

  • Former Locations

    The memorial was relocated to the Wayne County Veterans Memorial site in 2011. The previous location was not determined.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Veterans and Memorial Day services are held at the Veterans Memorial. The park is also available for rent for private functions. The intent is for the site to be actively used for veterans' activities, community events, concerts, and visits by community groups, thus continuing its role as a living memorial.

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