Larry Wayne Faulkner, a combat infantry soldier from Newnan, will be among those remembered at ceremonies in the nation’s capital in June.
Faulkner died Aug. 29, 2003 – his death a result of his service in the military. More than 500 Vietnam veterans will be inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s In Memory Program this year.
Faulkner is one of 10 Georgians who will be recognized.
The VVMF program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service after they returned home from Vietnam.
On June 15, VVMF will host more than 2,000 attendees at the annual In Memory ceremony on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where each 2019 honoree’s name will be read aloud. This year, 534 service members will be honored during the ceremony.
“For many Vietnam veterans, coming home from Vietnam was just the beginning of a whole new fight. Many never fully recovered, either physically or emotionally, from their experiences,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “As these veterans pass, it is our duty and solemn promise to welcome them home to the place that our nation has set aside to remember our Vietnam veterans.”
The plaque that honors these veterans was dedicated as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in 2004. It reads: “In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”
Vietnam veterans who died after the Vietnam War ended are not eligible to have their names on the Vietnam Wall, even if their death was a result of wartime injuries or exposure to chemicals such as Agent Orange.
Faulkner, who was born in Newnan in 1951, was a combat infantry soldier who specialized in light weapons. He received the Distinguished Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, two Overseas Bars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After leaving the Army, Faulkner worked for StateWide Aluminum. When he died, he was living in Luthersville, and he was buried at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Alabama.
Other Georgians to be honored in June are Alton Carr Brock Sr., U.S. Air Force, Mount Airy; Calvin Lewis Brown, U.S. Army, Covington; Jack Chambers Fincher Jr., U.S. Army, Canton; Walter Bert Lunsford, U.S. Navy, Atlanta; Willie Mercer, U.S. Army, Augusta; Stephen Jerry Miecznikowski, U.S. Air Force, Atlanta; James William Reonas Jr., U.S. Army, Jonesboro; William Michael Tignor, U.S. Army, Hinesville; and James Alexander Warren, U.S. Army,
Once the veterans are inducted, they will each have a personal remembrance page online in the In Memory Honor Roll at www.vvmf.org/honor-roll .
Their photos will also be displayed around the country when VVMF’s mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, is on display in an honoree’s home state.
The In Memory program was created in 1993 and has since honored more than 4,000 veterans.