FACES FROM THE WALL
Terry Hugh SMITH
12JUN68 S. Vietnam
Carl Frank BELDING Jr.
23FEB69 S. Vietnam
Lonnie Mark WEDRICK
04JUN68 S. Vietnam
Lynn Dennis ANDERSON
03MAR69 S. Vietnam
Lynn Dennis ANDERSON
Randall Nave ARNEY
ARNEY OF KLICKITAT VIETMAN WAR FATALITY
Klickitat county suffered the fourth fatality of the Vietnam war when word was received this week of the death of First Lt. Randall N. Arney of Klickitat. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Arney and spent most of his life in Klickitat. He graduated from Klickitat High School in 1962 and was married to Carolyn Davis of Spokane in 1966.
In February of 1967 he received his degree from EWCS and reported to Fort Benning, Ga. and Fort Bragg, NC for more military training. He was commissioned as a Second Lt. on his graduation from college.
His family has stated that those who wish, may contribute memorials in Lt. Arney's name to the chapel fund at Rainier School at Buckley, Wa.
The three previous fatalities included Mike Newbern, also of Klickitat and Lonnie Wedrick and Terry Smith, both of White Salmon.
Mike Lutz, White Salmon, was injured critically in the conflict and is now recuperating in a hospital in Japan, it was reported. (The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., July 28, 1968, page 1) Thank you ... War Memorial at Maryhill
WAR NEWS SADDENS AREA
By Mrs. Virgil Maupin,
The Viet Nam war, which often seems so far off too many of us, came home to Klickitat with much sadness July 14 when the parents of First Lt. Randall N. Arney, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Arney, where informed that their son had lost his life in that conflict. Randall, who spent most of his life here, graduated from Klickitat High School in 1962. In December of 1966 he and the former Carolyn Davis of Spokane were married in Klickitat at Grace Lutheran Church; he then received his degree from EWCS in February of 1967 before reporting to Fort Benning, Ga. and Fort Bragg, NC for more military training. He had been commissioned a 2nd Lt. on his graduation from college.
To those of you who mourn him as a husband, son and brother, our deepest sympathy and be assured there are many of us who mourn him as a friend as we too will miss him.
The family has stated that those who wish may contribute memorials Randall's name to the Chapel fund at Rainier School at Buckley, Wa. Final arrangements are still pending at this writing. (The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., July 25, 1968, page 13) Thank you ... War Memorial at Maryhill
RANDALL N. ARNEY
Funeral services for Lt. Randall N. Arney were held Monday morning, July 29, at Grace Lutheran Church in Klickitat, followed by military committal in the veterans section of the IOOF cemetery in Goldendale.
Lt. Arney was killed July 12, 1968, while on dirty duty with the 101st Airborne Division near Hue, Viet Nam. He had been on active duty as a platoon leader in the Asian country since April 1.
Born December 31, 1943 in Aberdeen, Wa, Randall was the first of four children to Orville S. and Twila Arney. For years later the family moved to Klickitat where Randall attended school. He was graduated from Klickitat High School in 1962. He was a four-year letterman, active in football, basketball and baseball. He was active as a member of the student council, secretary of his senior class and was a Boys State representative in his junior year.
At Eastern Washington State College he was a member of Intercollegiate Knights and Scarlet Arrow, and in the Army ROTC program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in education March 17, 1967.
On December 18, 1966 he was a united in marriage to Carolyn Linda Davis of Spokane in services held at Grace Lutheran church, Klickitat.
He is survived by Mrs. Arney, Spokane; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Arney, and sister, Bernice, all of Klickitat; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Gayle) Tresner, Vancouver; a brother, Bruce, Buckley, Wa.; grandfather, Dick Evans, and other relatives.
The Rev. Hugo Larson officiated at the service. Pallbearers were Bud Clarence, Christopher Neils, Tom Jones, John Maupin, George Herion and Dustin Van Vleet. (The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., August 1, 1968, page 5) Thank you ... War Memorial at Maryhill
WM. K. AUSTIN KILLED IN VIETMAN
Services are pending for William Kenneth Austin who died in Vietman. Services will be held at the Trout lake Baptist Church, but at present the date is unknown. Burial to be at Trout Lake, Washington.
Additional information will be in the paper next week.
(The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., September 9, 1971, page 1)
AUSTIN SERVICE ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH
SP./4 William (Kenny) Austin was born October 25, 1950 at Lebanon, Oregon and graduated from Trout Lake High school in 1969.
Kenneth went into the Army on July 13, 1970. He took his basic training and AIT at Fort Ord, California and went to Vietnam on January 2, 1971. He was killed in Vietnam on September 2, 1971. Instead of flowers, those wishing may contribute to a memorial fund in Kenny's name for something for the Trout Lake School, this to be determined later.
Kenny is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Austin, three sister, Janie Dodge, Vicky and Sue Austin, all of Trout Lake; three brothers, Pvt. Bobby A. Austin at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Barry and Scott Austin of Trout Lake. Also his grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Parker of Granger, Washington and Mrs. Lula Austin of Harrison, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 17th, at the Mt. Adams Conservative Baptist Church in Trout Lake, Washington at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be at the Trout Lake Cemetery. The Rev. William H. Collier will officiate.
(The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., September 16, 1971, page 1)
CARL BELDING, JR. KILLED IN ACTION IN VIETMAN
Carl Frank Belding, Jr. was killed in action in Vietnam February 23rd, while serving in Company C 1st Battalion Infantry of the 25th Infantry Division has a PFC Special 4. He enlisted on March 20, 1968.
He attended Columbia High School for two years and graduated from Bergman High School in Bergman, Arkansas in 1966. He had worked as a Service Station attendant and at Underwood Fruit and Storage Warehouse.
Survivors are his parents, Carl and Geneva Belding of White Salmon; a brother, Pvt. Raymond Belding of Fort Lewis, Washington; and a sister Juanita Joyce Belding of White Salmon.
Military services will be held at Gardner's Chapel in White Salmon on Friday, March 7th, at 11 a.m.. Interment will be at the White Salmon Cemetery. (The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., March 6, 1969, page 1)
Michael R. NEWBERN
Local 'Green Beret' Killed in Viet Nam. A Kennewick member of the famous Green Berets paratroop unit has died of gunshot wounds in Vietnam. Word was received here yesterday of the death of S. Sgt Michael Newbern, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Smith, 412 W. 18th Ave. Sgt Newbern had just returned to Vietnam in September after spending his leave in Kennewick. On Aug. 28 (1966) he attended services in the Church of Christ, where announcement of his death was first made public yesterday. He had seen action all over the world during his five years as a paratrooper, serving in the Dommican Republic at the time of the uprising, France, Germany, Spain, Belguim, and earlier in Vietnam. He attended Kennewick High School, the school for special forces at Fort Bragg, NC. and had planned to make a career of the paratroops. Surviving in addition to his parents, are two foster sisters, Penny Smith, Kennewick, and Dee Ann McKenzie, Bellevue. Funeral services will be announced when details have been received from the
Department of the Army. (Tri City Herald, Pasco, Kennewick, Richland WA, 24 Oct 1966)
FORMER KLICKITAT MAN DIES IN WAR
A former Klickitat man and member of the famous Green Berets has died on gunshot wounds in Vietmnam. Staff Sergeant Michael Newbern, 22, foster son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Smith of Kennewick, will be buried at Kennwick, with services Saturday, October 29, at 2 p.m. in the Mueller Funeral Home.
Sgt. Newbern had just returned to Vietnam in September after having spent his leave in Kennewick. He had seen action in the Doninican Republic at the time of the uprising there was earlier in Vietnam besides having served in Germany and other European countries
He had attended the special forces school in Fort Bragg, N.C., and planned to make a career of the special forces unit.
(The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., October 27, 1966, page 1)
GREEN BERET SOLDIER KILLED
Staff Sgt. Michael Newbern, late of Kennewick, Wash., lost his life from gun-shot wounds while on duty in Viet Nam last week. He was a member of the famous Green Berets specialist forces group.
Sgt. Newberg had returned to Viet Nam in September after having spent a leave in Kennewick with his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Smith. In his five years in the services the twenty-two year old soldier had seen duty in the Dominican Republic, at the time of the uprising there, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and an earlier tour in Viet Nam.
He was a Paratrooper and had planned on making that his career. He had attended Special Forces School at Fort Bragg, N.C. Mike attended grade school and high school in Klickitat as well as high school in Kennewick.
In addition to the Smiths he is survived by two foster sisters, Penny Smith of Kennewick and Dee Ann McKenzie of Bellevue.
Services for the young soldier were to be announced when details were received from the Department of the Army.
(The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., November 3, 1966, page 1)
TERRY HUGH SMITH KILLED IN ACTION
Mrs. Florence Smith of Bingen was notified last Friday that her son, Terry Hugh Smith, was killed by hostile fire in Viet Nam June 12.
Terry was nearing the end of his term with the Army and expected to be home in August. He was a 1965 a graduate of Columbia High School and was the recipient of the Gail Larsen Memorial Award at that time.
His body will be sent home. Funeral plans have not been completed. (The Mt. Adams Sun, Bingen, WA., June 20, 1968, page 1)
TERRY SMITH SECOND TO DIES IN VIET NAM
Word was received here, that Terry Smith, son of Florence W. Smith of Bingen died June 12th, 1968, while serving his country, in Viet Nam.
Terry Smith was born April 17, 1947 in Laramie, Wyoming. He was the recipient of the Gail Larson Sportsmanship Award and a 1965 graduate of Columbia High.
Surviving him are: his mother, Florence W. Smith, Bingen; his father Mike E. Smith; four brothers, Joe Smith, Mike Smith, Danny Smith and Earnest Smith; one sister, Melody Smith, two nieces, and four nephews.
Funeral services are pending. (The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 20, 1968, page 1)
LAST RITES FOR SGT TERRY SMITH
Catholic funeral services were held this week for Sgt. Terry Hugh Smith, 21, who was killed by hostile fire in Viet Nam June 12. Recitation of the Rosary was Monday, June 24 at 8 p.m. and Requiem Mass Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon. Fr. Brendan Dorian officiated. An army detail from Ft. Lewis conducted military rites at the graveside in Goodwill Cemetery and acted as casket bearers.
Terry was born April 17, 1947 in Laramie, Wyo. He was graduated from Columbia High School in 1965, and was the recipient of the Gail Larsen Sportsmanship Award at that time.
Survivors are his mother, Florence W. Smith of Bingen; his father Mike E. Smith; four brothers, Joe, Mike and Danny of Bingen and Ernest of White Salmon; a sister Melody of Bingen; two nieces and four nephews. (The Mt. Adams Sun, Bingen, WA., June 27, 1968, page 5)
SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR TERRY SMITH
Requiem Mass was held Tuesday morning, June 25, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church for Sergeant Terry Smith who died June 12th in Viet Nam. Rosary was said Monday evening, June 24, at 8 o'clock. Father Brendan Dorian officiated.
Military services were held after the Mass at the White Salmon Cemetery with military casketbearers. (The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 27, 1968, page 7)
TERRY SMITH IS AWARDED SILVER STAR
Mrs. Florence Smith received word Sept. 20th that her son Sgt. Terry H. Smith who was killed in action while serving in Vietnam has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
A representative of the Commanding General, Sixth United States Army will be communicating with her in the next few weeks to arrange for presentation.
Prior to death, Terry had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantrymen Badge and the Marksmanship Badge with Machine gun bar. (The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., October 3, 1968, page 1)
LONNIE WEDRICK KILLED IN ACTION
West Klickitat County's first fatality of the Vietnam war was announced early this week when Lawrence Wedrick of White Salmon was notified that their son, Lonnie M. Wedrick, of the U.S. Marines died Tuesday, June 4 in the U.S. hospital at Danang, Vietnam. He died of injuries inflicted the same day while he was on patrol duty in the vicinity of Quang Nam when he was hit by hostile rifle fire.
His brother, Lavern Wedrick, who was on duty on a Navy ship has been notified and will be flown to Danang to accompany the body home. Mr. Wedrick was told that it may take from ten to fifteen days.
A funeral service will be held at Gardner's Funeral Home in White Salmon with burial in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. (The Mt. Adams Sun, Bingen, WA., June 13, 1968, page 1)
1ST WHITE SALMON BOY KILLED AT QUANG NAM; VIETMAN
Word has been received here of the death of a White Salmon man, Pf. Lonnie M. Wedrick, the 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wedrick, was killed in action in Quang Nam, June 4.
The following telegram was received by his father, Lawrence M. Wedrick:
I deeply regret to confirm that your son Pf. Lonnie M. Wedrick, USMC, died June 4, 1968, at the Station Hospital in Danang, from injuries sustained the same date, in the vicinity of Quang Nam. He sustained a gun shot wound to the head, from hostile rifle fire, on patrol.
Leonard S. Chapman
(The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 13, 1968, page 1
LONNIE WEDRICK SERVICES TO BE HELD JUNE 21
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 21st for Lonnie Mark Wedrick, who died June 4th, at the Station Hospital at Da Nang, as a result of head injuries received at Quang Nam, South Vietnam the same day.
Lonnie Wedrick was born Oct. 3, 1947 in White Salmon. He entered the service on Oct. 4, 1967 and that the time of his death he was PFC with the 27th Marines, 1st Battalion, 1st Platoon.
Before entering the service he had worked with the Job Corp, taking training as a heavy equipment operator. His last worked for Broughten Lumber Co. for a short while before entering the service.
Lonnie Wedrick is survived by his father, Lawrence M. Wedrick and stepmother Elizabeth F. Wedrick of White Salmon; two brothers, Laverne Wedrick, serving in the Navy on the USS Dubuque, and Ronald Wedrick, Pittsburgh, Penn.; one sister, Jeroline, one half brother, Joel, and one half sister, Teresa, living at home; two grandmas, Mae S. Wedrick, White Salmon and Mrs. Emma Tiffany, The Dalles; and a great-grandmother, Marie Edwards, Napa, California.
Funeral Services will be held June 21 at 11:00 at Gardners Chapel, with Rev. Roger Clevenger officiating. Interment will be in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with services at 2:30.
The U.S. Marine Color Guard will assist with the service. (The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 20, 1968, page 1)
LONNIE WEDRICK SERVICE FRIDAY
Funeral services will be held at Gardner's Chapel in White Salmon for Lonnie Wedrick Friday, June 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at 2:30 p.m. Members of the Marines will be casket bearers at the cemetery. The Rev. Roger Clevenger will officiate.
Lonnie Mark Wedrick was born Oct. 3, 1947 in White Salmon. He had taken heavy equipment training with the Job Corps, and had worked at Broughton Lumber Co. He entered the U.S. Marines October 4, 1967 and was a Pfc. 1c with 27th Marine, 1st battalion, 1st Platoon.
While on duty at the Quang Nam, South Viet Nam, he received gunshot injuries to the head June 4 and died the same day at the Station Hospital at Da Nang.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wedrick of White Salmon; his mother, Pearl Harris of North Bend, Ore.; two brothers Laverne Wedrick, 24, serving on the USS Dubuque, who escorted the remains home, Ronald Wedrick, 23, living in Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Jeroline, age 13 of White Salmon; a half-brother Joel R. Wedrick and a half sister, Teresa Wedrick, both of White Salmon; grandmothers Mae S. Wedrick of White Salmon and Mrs. Emma Tiffany of The Dalles, Ore.; great-grandmother, Mertie Edwards of Napa, Calif. (The Mt. Adams Sun, Bingen, WA., June 20, 1968, page 3)
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