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Honoring Missouri Veterans

 

Honoring Crawford County Vietnam Veterans

 

Students have raised nearly $3,600 through donations, bake sales and special event days at school. They are now seeking assistance through the Crawford County Foundation and Cause Momentum to raise an additional $7,000 to make the Vietnam War Monument a reality, and to give Crawford County veterans the recognition they deserve. They plan to unveil and dedicate the monument on the Crawford County Courthouse lawn during a special Memorial Day service in 2015.

 

PROJECT HISTORY

The project is being coordinated by SMS Social Studies Teacher Jennifer Whitson, who was asked by the Crawford County Commission involve her students in the creation of a Vietnam Era War Monument after their great success in bringing together a Korean War Monument for the county. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. has provided resources for the SMS students to help do research for the monument, which has spawned two additional projects.

 

Students collected photos and stories about Missouri soldiers who were killed in Vietnam and delivered the information to a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund when Whitson traveled to Washington D.C. in June with a small group of Steelville Middle School students.

 

The third project involved asking students to learn as much as they could about the local veterans who died in the war. There are seven men from Crawford County who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Carl Bockewitz, Neal Crowder, Richard Dicus, Eddie Halbert, Phillip Ives, George E. Johnston and Cliff Mullen.

 

Students are now actively involved in helping make the Crawford County Vietnam Era War Monument a reality and continue to accept the names of Crawford County’s Vietnam War Era veterans. Currently, more than 600 names will be etched in the monument stone. Students are still searching for names of veterans, along with contact information, and a copy of DD214 forms (for veterans who served from Feb. 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975), if possible. For more information, contact: Steelville Middle School Current Events Class, PO Box 339, Steelville, MO  65565, or jwhitson@steelville.k12.mo.us.