Jim Meisemen, Commander of the newly formed West McKinney American Legion Post, has announced the post will be known as “Bill Bryan Post 110”. With a unanimous vote by the members, the honor went to a McKinney Marine who was killed in Vietnam in 1968.
Charles W. “Bill” Bryan, born and raised in McKinney, was a 1966 graduate of McKinney High School, where he played center on the Lions’ football team. Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June of ‘66, and shipped out for Vietnam just over a year later. In January of ‘68, Cpl. Bryan, while leading a seven-man reconnaissance team on a jungle-covered mountaintop near the Khe Sanh Combat Base, encountered a battalion-size unit of the North Vietnamese Army. During the ensuing battle, Bill was killed while leading an assault on an enemy position and valiantly attempting to save the lives of two of his Marines. For his gallantry in action, Bryan was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest medal for bravery awarded by the Marine Corps.
West McKinney American Legion Post 110 received its charter and began its membership drive earlier this year. It now has 34 members and is taking applications for membership. If you are an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces and would still like to serve your country in some way, please contact Joe Galloway, Vice Commander Post 110, McKinney, TX, membership@McKLegion110.org.