PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

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VIETNAM WAR (1955-1975)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - G

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Monument:  SAMUEL RUFUS ADAMS carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
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Monument:  WAYNE ROGER ADAMS carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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ALLEN

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ALLEN, SAMUEL RUFUS “BUCKY” (1935-1967), KOREAN WAR AND KILLED IN ACTION IN THE VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  TRIBBEY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Hamilton, Ohio.

Date of Birth:  2 January 1935.

Son of:  Birdie Bell Dickerson and James William Allen, Sr. 

Brother of:  PFC Charlie D. Allen (1921-1945), who was Killed In Action in World War II. 

Brother of:  Staff Sergeant James William Allen, Jr., who was Killed In Action in WWII.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

KOREAN WAR RECORD CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. 

VIETNAM WAR RECORD:

Service Number:  15683574.

Rank:  Staff Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  Department Of The Army.

Occupation:  Medical Specialist (ARMY).

Tour Start Date:  5 November 1966.

Combat Organization:  U. S. Army, Medic, Company D and Company A-244, 5th Special Forces, Green Beret.

Province:  Military Region 2 – Kontum. 

Status:  HOSTILE - KILLED in Vietnam during his Third Tour.

Casualty Reason:  Gunshot or Small Arms Fire.  Ground Casualty.

Date of Death:  16 May 1967.

Place of Death:  Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

Disposition:  Body Recovered. 

Buried:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  BUCKY ALLEN carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  SAMUEL RUFUS ADAMS carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  I placed Samuel Rufus “Bucky” Allen on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL

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CAUDILL, CARL GENE, NATIONAL DEFENSE, U.S.A., VIETNAM WAR ERA.

Hometown:  Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Detroit, Michigan.  Plymouth, Michigan.

Date of Birth: 

Son of:  Bernice Hill and Elmer Caudill.

Paternal Grandson of:  Amanda Farler and Nelson Caudill.

Maternal Grandson of:  Delia Martin and Howard Hill.

Spouse:  Ailene Patrick.

Education:  Alice Lloyd College Graduate, Pippa Passes, Kentucky.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  23 June 1965.  Discharge Date:  22 June 1968.

Service Number: 

Rank:  SPC 5.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army. 

Combat Organization:  Headquarters 1st Battalion (HERK / HERCULES), 60th Air Defense Artillery, Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM), Gary, Indiana.

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  Expert Carbine.  Expert M14.  National Defense Medal.  National Defense Service Ribbon.  Good Conduct Medal.

Source:  Carl Gene Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth cousin, Carl Gene Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL, CLYDE MICHAEL, VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Topmost, Knott County, Kentucky.  Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:

Son of:  Josephine Hylton and James Caudill.

Grandson of:  Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.

Grandson of:  Matilda Young and Jesse Hylton.

Spouse:  (1) Unknown.  (2) Sharon R. Compkis.

Combat Organization:  Vietnam War.

Source:  Charles Lloyd Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin, Clyde M. Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL, LARRY ROGERS (1949-2016), VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Detroit and Plymouth, Michigan.

Date of Birth:  21 December 1949, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Bernice Hill and Elmer W. Caudill.

Paternal Grandson of:  Amanda Farler and Nelson Caudill.

Maternal Grandson of:  Delia Martin and Howard Hill.

Spouse:  Billie Nolan.

Entered Service From:  Detroit, Michigan.

Enlistment Date:  4 August 1969.  Discharge Date:  18 June 1995.

Service Number:  371 50 1690.

Rank:  Staff Sergeant E-6.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Airborne.

Combat Organization:  173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam (Two Tours).  18 years of Total Service.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Vietnam Campaign.

Date of Death:  16 August 2016, Huntington, West Virginia.

Status:  Survived The War.

Cemetery:  William H. Caudill Cemetery, Right Fork Maces Creek, Viper, Kentucky.

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  Army Service RBN.  Army Commendation Medal (4).  Army Achievement Medal (2).  Kentucky Service Ribbon (3).  Combat Infantry Badge (Vietnam).  Army Parachute Badge.  Vietnam Gallantry Cross With 3 Bronze Stars.  Armed Forces Reserve Medal.  Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Source:  Charles Lloyd Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth cousin, Larry Rogers Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL, LEW ALLEN (1948-2008), VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  5 January 1948, Happy, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Irene Woods and Wilder Caudill.

Paternal Grandson of:  Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.

Maternal Grandson of:  Louise “Lou” Branson and Elhannon “Hannon” Woods.

Spouse:  Doris Ann Kuns, daughter of Virginia Eversole and Harry Eugene Kuns.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  12 October 1966.  Released:  10 October 1969.

Service Number:  RA11549446.

Rank: Staff Sergeant E-6.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.   

Combat Organization:  National Guard Kentucky.  196th Light Infantry Brigade, American Division, Vietnam War.  Participated in Tunnel Warfare, Vietnam War.  13 years total service. 

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Vietnam Campaign.

Status:  Survived.

Date of Death:  30 May 2008, Death by Random Homicide.  

Place of Death:  Ben’s Quick Stop, Chavies / Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Buried:  William H. Caudill Cemetery, Right Fork of Mason’s / Maces Creek, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memorialized:  8 November 2010, Dedication of the Lew Allen Caudill Memorial Bridge, Highway 7, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  National Defense Service Medal.  Vietnam Service Medal.  Vietnam Campaign Medal.  Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB).  Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle). 

Source:  U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010.  The Brashear Story A Family History.  Billie Sue Engle Caudill and Charles Lloyd Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin, Lew Allen Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL, SAMUEL LEE, VIETNAM ERA AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Plymouth, Michigan.  Kingston, Washington.  Sweinfort, West Germany.  Mason’s Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth: 

Son of:  Bernice Hill and Elmer Caudill.

Paternal Grandson of:  Amanda Farler and Nelson Caudill.

Maternal Grandson of:  Delia Martin and Howard Hill.

Spouse:  Mary Elizabeth Brown.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  11 October 1966.  Discharge Date:  15 November 2007.

Service Number: 

Rank:  Command Sergeant Major, CSM E-9.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Army National Guard, Kentucky.  Patton’s Third Army (Mid-East).  38 Years of Total Service.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Patton’s Third Army, Iraq, Kuwait, 2005-2006, Middle East, Two Tours.

Status:  Survived The War.

Memorialized:  COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR SAM CAUDILL BRIDGE, Highway 7 and 15, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  DISTNGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS (Mid-East Theatre).  Meritorious Service Medal (2).  Army Commendation Medal (3).  Army Achievement Medal (4).  National Defense Medal.  Army Service Ribbon.  Good Conduct Medal.  Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  Global War On Terrorism Service Medal.  Reserved Overseas Medal (3).  Non-Commissioned Officer Development Program, NCODP (4).  Army National Guard Active Duty Ribbon (7).  Graduate, Sergeants Major Academy Class 27, Fort Bliss, Texas. 

Source:  Samuel Lee Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth cousin, Samuel Lee Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CAUDILL, WILLIAM EDWARD, SERVED IN GERMANY, VIETNAM ERA.

Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:   

Son of:  Irene Woods and Wilder Caudill.

Grandson of:  Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.

Spouse:  Janice Kuns, daughter of Virginia Eversole and Harry Eugene Kuns.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Served in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Source:  The Brashear Story A Family History.  Charles Lloyd Caudill.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin, William Edward Caudill on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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COMBS

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COMBS, CHARLES (1946-1967), KILLED IN ACTION, VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  22 March 1946 in Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Catherine White and Brack Combs.

Service Number:  52657532.

Rank:  Specialist Fourth Class.                                      

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Occupation:  Light Weapons Infantry, Active Duty Army.

Tour Start Date:  28 July 1966.

Combat Organization:  Company B, 16th Infantry Regiment, Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Division.

Province:  Military Region 3 – Tay Nih. 

Status:  Ground Casualty:  DIED HOSTILE, KILLED.

Casualty Reason:  Battle Dead.  Gunshot or Small Arms Fire.  Killed-Out-Right.

Date of Death:  28 February 1967. 

Place of Death:  Vietnam (Republic of; South Vietnam), Vietnam War.

Disposition:  Body Recovered.

Buried:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  CHARLES COMBS carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  I placed my sixth-cousin-1-time-removed, Charles Combs on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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Monument:  EUGENE COMBS carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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COMBS, HAROLD RAY (1949-2007), UNITED STATES ARMY MEDIC, VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  VICCO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Valley Station, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  20 June 1949, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Marie “Rea” “Tomboy” “Tom” Townes (1928-1957) and Vernon “Jack” Combs.  Marie first married Oliver J. Morgan (1900-1986).  Vernon first married Wilma Jeanne Gibson, who later married Justin Gilbert and Broadway Producer, David Merrick.  Vernon next married Marie Townes, Pauline Elias and Wanda May Maudlin.

Half-Brother of:  Reba Mae Morgan (1946-1991). 

Half-Uncle of:  Martha Elizabeth Ryce (1977-2012), who was the daughter of Reba Mae Morgan Ryce.

Nephew of:  Paul Townes.

Grandson of:  Emma Bowling and Garland Roy Townes.

Grandson of:  Juda Brashear and Ulysses Grant Combs, Sr.

Loss of His Mother:  When Harold Ray was eight-years-old, his mother, Marie died.

Spouse:  (1) Beverly Susan Edwards.  (2) Nancy Ruth Hall.

Father of:  Kelly Maria Combs.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Combat Medic, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam War.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Major Tet Offensive, 1969.

Date of Death:  17 May 2007.

Place of Death:  New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.

Cemetery:  New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.

NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin, Harold Ray Combs on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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Monument:  WAYNE CORNELL carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
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Monument:  CARLOS WAYNE CORNETTE carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
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Monument:  EUGENE COUCH carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
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Monument:  EZEKIEL FRALEY JR. carved within the Vietnam War military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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GIBSON

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GIBSON, JAMES THURMAN “LITTLE DUCK” (1944-1968), KILLED IN ACTION, VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  FLAX PATCH, Knott County, Kentucky, USA. 

Other Residence:  Amburgey Post Office, Knott County, Kentucky.  Did he reside for a short time in Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky after he married?

Date of Birth:  3 January 1944.

Son of:  Velva Rowe and Norman Gibson.

Grandson of:  Adeline Combs and John Thomas Gibson.

Fourth-Great-grandson of:  Nancy Harding Combs and John “Father of the Eight” Combs.

Brother of:  Hershel “Big Duck” Gibson (1941-2012), who married Arlene Haddix of KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky.

Husband of:  Carolyn Faye Ward, daughter of Louise Ellis and Calvin Ward of Bible Avenue, VICCO, Perry County, Kentucky. 

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Tour Start Date:  27 June 1968. 

Combat Organization:  Company A, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, USARV

Date of Casualty Death:  18 June 1968.

Place of Death:  South Vietnam. 

Province:  Long An Province, South Vietnam. 

Casualty Detail/Reason:  Artillery, Rocket or Mortar.  Ground Casualty.

Status:  DIED HOSTILE-KILLED, DIED OUTRIGHT.

Disposition:  Body Recovered.

Buried at:  Rest Haven Cemetery, JEFF, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  “Pfc. Gibson Comes Home”, Story and Photographs by John Fetterman, The Courier-Journal & Times Magazine, Sunday Edition, July 28, 1968.  Fetterman received a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for the excellent article.

NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, James Thurman “Little Duck” Gibson on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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GROSS

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GROSS, FRED (1924-2011), COMBAT MEDIC, WOUNDED IN ACTION IN FRANCE IN WWII, KOREAN WAR AND VIETNAM WAR.

Hometown:  BUCKHORN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Eaton, Prebler County, Ohio.

Date of Birth:  23 December 1924 in Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Louetta Gross.

Step-son of:  Sherman Napier.

Grandson of:  Mary Deaton and Jeremiah “Jerry” Gross.

Great-grandson of:  Lavina Sandlin and John Deaton.

Spouse:  Ruth Lovely.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  35806262.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Combat Medic, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, Company G, European Theatre, WWII.

Theatres, Campaigns, Battles:  European Theatre, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Battle of the Bulge.

16 September 1944, Station, Gravelotte, France:  Company Morning Report (shared by Norm Richards), 35806262, Fred Gross, Combat Medic was LIA, Lightly Injured In Action.  Casualties were heavy.  By day’s end, Fred had a promise to keep, once the war was over.  After returning to Buckhorn, he traveled on to Vicco and recounted the details of my father’s death to my family.  I am truly grateful.  ~~~ Waukesha Lowe Sammons, daughter of Technical Sergeant Albert Lowe, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, Company G, who was listed Killed in Action on the Company Morning Report of 16 September 1944, Station, Gravelotte, France, WWII. 

Date of Death:  13 January 2011.

Place of Death:  Ohio.

Status:  WOUNDED IN ACTION in the Battle of the Bulge, WWII.  (Source, Obituary.)

Cemetery:  Concord Cemetery, Dixon Township, Preble County, Ohio.

U. S. Awards:  Bronze Star Medal.  Purple Heart Medal.

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