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11-9-16

Re-Dedication of the Wellborn Fallen Heroes Memorial


Ellis Gray presided over the ceremony. -Photo by Kathie Snowden


By Kathie Snowden


A re-dedication of the Wellborn Fallen Heroes monument honoring nine Wellborn men who gave their lives for their country was held November 7, at the Wellborn Community Association. The Memorial was created in 2007 by the Marine Corps League, Sgt. Maj. Thomas H Griggs Jr. Detachment # 1086. Two names were inscribed at that time. Recently seven more Wellborn men who gave their lives for their country were discovered, and this ceremony was a re-dedication of the monument honoring the nine fallen heroes.


The Wellborn Community Association is so thankful to have had the support of the many people who came together to honor these men and to add their names to the memorial. Johnny Norris engraved not only the new names on the memorial but also was responsible for inscribing the memorial at its inception.


Ellis Gray, Veteran’s Services Officer and Commandant of the DAV, presided over the beautiful and dignified service which started with a flag raising, prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Linda Dye sang the Star Spangled Banner as everyone STOOD, and Ellis Gray honored each of the Fallen Heroes individually. The ceremony ended with the placing of a wreath, the playing of Taps, and a final prayer. Refreshments were available afterwards and everyone enjoyed visiting with one another.


Several family members of the Fallen Heroes were in attendance as well as many Wellborn residents who fondly remembered the soldiers. Members of the American Legion, the Marines Detachment, and other Veterans’ groups came out to show their support, and we thank them for helping us to show the honor and respect that these men so deeply deserve. These are the names of the Wellborn Fallen Heroes:


PETE LEROY HOGAN – US ARMY – WW II

ASHTON S. “BUBBA” HOGAN – US ARMY – Korea

JAMES EALIE BYRD US ARMY WW II

MELVILLE EUGENE ADAMS US ARMY KOREA

CARLTON DEWITT KNIGHT US ARMY WW II

JAMES PAFFORD MORGAN US NAVY WW II

CHARLIE M YOUNG US ARMY VIETNAM

JOSEPH S HINES US ARMY WW I

JOSEPH S CASON US ARMY WW I


Linday Dye sang The Star Spangled Banner -Photo: Kathy Snowden


Taps was played at the closing.
-Photo: Kathy Snowden