Submitted by TSB Community
On Memorial Day, May 28, at 1 p.m. at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway N, Allen, veterans from Collin County Freedom Fighters, McKinney VFW Lone Star Post 2150, and the staff at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow, will host their annual ceremony to honor the men and women of America’s Armed Forces.
Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops from McKinney and Plano will also join in. Memorial Day first began as a special day to honor those who had been lost in combat; today we honor all veterans who honorably served and have since passed on. Special recognition will be given to the two Sailors, two Soldiers, one Airman, and five Marines, buried at Ridgeview who died during the Wars in Vietnam and Iraq.
Ridgeview Memorial Park
Hwy. 75, between McKinney and Allen
May 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Master of Ceremonies – Jim Nichols, US Air Force, Commander, VFW Post 2150
Opening Prayer – Jim Caserotti, VFW Post 2150
Keynote Address – William “Bill” Dvorak – US Navy Fighter Pilot, 1971 to 1978. Bill earned his “Wings of Gold” at Pensacola, Florida, and then became a Jet Pilot Instructor at Kingsville, Texas. He did a tour of the Western Pacific as an F4 Phantom Pilot aboard the carrier USS Coral Sea. He finished active duty as a fleet aggressor pilot, after attending Naval Fighter Weapons “Top Gun” School aggressor training. After the Navy, he became a Delta Airlines Pilot, got a Law Degree in his “spare” time, retired from Delta after more than 26 years, and then became a full-time Attorney. He served as Fairview Municipal Court Judge from 1994 to 2004.
Reading of the Names – RD Foster – USMC, Vietnam Veteran
“Taps” – Dale Littrell
Special recognition will be given to the ten young men buried at Ridgeview who gave their lives in the service of our country during the wars in Vietnam and Iraq:
Seaman 1st Class Tommy Wayne Harris, 20, US Navy, 14 May, 1965
Corporal Darrel “George” Mahan, 20, USMC, 19 August, 1967
PFC Thomas B. Holdbrooks, 19, USMC, 28 December 1967
Corporal Charles W. “Bill” Bryan, 20, USMC, 20 January 1968
Seaman Paul Gordon Luna, 18, US Navy, Sept. 8, 1969
Captain Richard Michael Ryan, USAF, 20 September 1969
Specialist 4th Class Vernon Wayne Woody, 22, Army, 30 January 1970
Specialist 5th Class Martin LeRoy Rodgers, 18, Army, 26 July 1970
Corporal Tyler Seth Trovillion, 23, USMC, 15 June, 2005
Lance/Corporal Jacob D. Hayes, 24, USMC, 17 December 2008