Display depicts Vietnam casualties

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Clay County Vietnam War Memorial Photograph display is currently in storage.

While John Nicoson was pleased he and others were able to reconstruct the Clay County Vietnam War Memorial -- which sits on the northwest corner of the Clay County Courthouse -- he thought more needed to be done.

So, Nicoson and others contacted family members of the 10 deceased soldiers with the hope they may acquire photographs of the men.

After obtaining the photographs, Nicoson approached Chuck Galloway, owner of Galloway Photo, Terre Haute, to place the photographs in a display.

"They laid it all out," Nicoson said.

After the display was finished, Nicoson and others presented it to the Clay County Commissioners, who, in turn, elected to hang it up on display in the courthouse.

"From day one when we started working on that memorial, the commissioners told me to do what we could do," Nicoson said. "(Clay County Veterans Officer) Mike Holland helped me tremendously. He really helped. He gave me everything I needed.

"I just thought it would be nice (to have the photographs on display in the courthouse)," Nicoson added. "So people would know who they were. I have had calls from people ... it's like they just stand there and stare at it."

Nicoson said many people who take a quick look at the display are surprised at the age of Harold Dickerson, the man who had been inadvertently left off the Vietnam War Memorial.

"He was 35 and had four (children)," Nicoson said. "A lot of people didn't know that."

Ray Johnson, Brazil, Phillip Dickerson, Plano, Texas, and Nicoson gathered the photos of the servicemen.

Water damage forced officials to place the display in storage. However, it will be back up soon.

Nicoson added the display is now the property of Clay County.

He said he began attempting to have Dickerson's name placed on the memorial in the 1980s and finally managed to make contact with a relative, who lived in Rockville.

"It was a pretty moving deal, dealing with the family," Nicoson said. "They couldn't believe we did that."

The memorial was officially dedicated last year during a ceremony, which included guest speaker and state representative Jim Baird.

It will also be on display at Traditions Saturday at the annual Clay County Veterans Brunch prior to the Loyalty Day Parade.

Doors will open at Traditions at 10 a.m., with a program set for 10:30.

The brunch will begin at approximately 11 a.m.

Veterans honored

A total of 10 Clay County servicemen died during the Vietnam War.

Those 10 men have been honored by county residents with the Vietnam War Memorial, which sits on the northwest side of the Clay County Courthouse, and a photograph display, which will be placed in the courthouse.

The following is the list of the 10 men who died during the Vietnam War, including armed forces branch, date of birth, home of record, and date of casualty:

* Max Wayne Batchelor -- Army. Born July 30, 1946, in Brazil. Died Oct. 4, 1967,

* Gary Lee Boyce -- Navy. Born Dec. 17, 1945, in Brazil. Died Jan. 1, 1973,

* Harold Dickerson -- Army. Born Oct. 8, 1931, in Poland. Died Nov. 11, 1967,

* Zettie J.C. Dulin -- Army. Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Brazil. Died April 27, 1970,

* Jake Gale Krider -- Army. Born Nov. 27, 1947, in Carbon. Died Feb. 23, 1968,

* Dom E. Lee -- Army. Born Dec. 13, 1942, in Brazil. Died March 14, 1968,

* Chester Ray McClelland -- Army. Born Feb. 21, 1944, in Brazil. Died Aug. 23, 1968,

* Gary Lee Rose -- Army. Born Oct. 2, 1950, in Brazil. Died July 29, 1970,

* Charles Brent Ross -- United States Air Force. Born April 5, 1945, in Brazil. Died Sept. 11, 1969, and

* Johnny Leon Young -- Army. Born Oct. 31, 1950, in Brazil. Died Nov. 28, 1969.

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  • Thank you for all the work that went into this display John.

    -- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, May 1, 2012, at 7:36 PM
  • A very Noble thing to do. Good Job !

    -- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Tue, May 1, 2012, at 8:10 PM
  • I too appreciate all that has been done to honor our Vietnam vets. I live in another county but they are all our vets and I personally knew two of them.

    -- Posted by indianamama on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 2:28 PM
  • I served with Zettie Dulin in Vietnam. Looking for any family members of Zettie to contact.

    -- Posted by DMZ Dust Off on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 9:16 PM
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