Burke County Vietnam Memorial, Morganton
The Vietnam memorial is a simple tablestone on a single base about five feet tall. It has smooth faces and unfinished edges and is decorated with an incised United States flag on the upper left and a representation of an M-16 rifle embedded in the ground with a helmet hanging from the stock.
DEDICATED TO THE MEN FROM / BURKE COUNTY WHO SERVED / IN VIET NAM AND IN MEMORY / OF THOSE WHO DIED / 1964-1975 / RALPH N. SMITH SSG 6 NOV. 1965 / CARL A. GRAY 1LT 27 NOV. 1965 / NOAH M. KRAFT LT 21 MAR. 1966 / WILLIAM S. BUTLER SP4 4 NOV. 1966 / GARRY G. TALLENT L/CPL 20 AUG. 1967 / DAVID BAKER PFC 28 OCT. 1967 / JOHN L. CHURCH SFC 31 JAN. 1968 / DANIEL L. LANIER SGT 2 MAR. 1968 / ROBERT D. AVERY CPT MIA 3 MAY 1968 / STEPHEN R. POWELL PFC 14 MAY 1968 / CARROLL J. BAILEY PFC 26 OCT. 1968 / ERNEST T. FREEMAN SP4 12 MAY 1969 / ROBERT H. CARTER, JR. LTC 27 MAY 1969 / GLEN E. POTEET SP4 30 JUNE 1969 / DONALD W. WRIGHT CPT 1 SEPT. 1969 / CARROL D. DALE SGT 18 MAR. 1970 / LAWRENCE E. CRAWLEY PFC 19 APR. 1971 / JERRY W. BRANNOCK PFC 11 DEC. 1967 / GENE FREEMAN SP4 3 NOV. 1968
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“Vietnam Veterans Memorials in North Carolina,” North Carolina Vietnam Veterans of American, (accessed February 15, 2016) Link
The marker is located in front of the Burke County Courthouse at 201 South Green Street in Morganton, NC. It is to the right of the entrance at the edge of the courtyard. To the left of the entrance is a Law Enforcement Memorial. In front of the courthouse at the corner of S. Green Street and E. Meeting Street is a World War Two Memorial complex.
The memorial stands on a paved walkway leading to the building main entrance.