Honoring the Past
Monday, May 25, 2020
Honoring the Past
The memorial plaque pictured above hung on the exterior of St. Henry Church facing Dixie Highway in the 1960’s and 1970’s during the Vietnam War era. It recognized and honored the military service of 92 men and women who served “for God and Country” in the military during that time. Some gave the last full measure and their names are listed in gold. It is now hanging in the parish office building and we would like to create a historical document to go along with it.
Samuel Marshall, a US Marine Lance Corporal, died in Vietnam on February 7, 1968 at the age of 26.
Timothy Flammer, a US Army Specialist Four, died on July 3, 1967, at the age of 20.
Leon Garnett, a Private First Class in the US Army, died on May 4, 1970, at the age of 19.
John Fisk attended 1st, 2nd, 3rd, grades at St. Henry Grade School in the mid 1950’s.
Another name, James Paul, second column, 17th down from the top, grew up in Elsmere, attended St. Henry Grade School from the first through eighth grade in the 1950’s, died on September 11, 2001 in New York City, at the age of 58. He was working for Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower when an airplane hijacked by terrorists slammed into it.
Many of the surnames on this list are St. Henry families and friends to this day. And in several cases, some families had 2-3 children serving at the same time. It is not known if others served whose names are not included on this list. And we are not certain just when this plaque was posted on the front of the church or when it was taken down or who was involved in the effort.
If you have any additional information or recollection about any missing names, or about this plaque in general, please let St. Henry Parish know by emailing Kris Staverman in the parish office or calling 859-727-2035, so that we can update our records and this explanatory plaque.