by Lisa Tome
In 1975, Ken McCoy put a silver bracelet on his arm.
Since that time, he has only removed it if medically required.
McCoy is honoring the memory of Staff Sgt. Charles King, a prisoner of war who has been missing since Christmas Day 1968. McCoy doesn't know King, but he feels connected.
McCoy, 69, of Elkton, served two tours of duty in Vietnam. "I signed up to go into the Navy when I was in high school. I volunteered," said McCoy. "My grandfather was in World War I. My dad was in World War II. My uncle was in Korea. I was in Vietnam." He was a gunner's mate in the military, spending his time in the service working on ammunition ships. He maintained the weapons on those ships.
by Lisa Tome
Timothy Adams had no intention of letting go of the shadow box he was carrying.
Adams, a fifth grader at Bainbridge Elementary School, was with his sister, Becky, who is a second grader, and his grandfather Vietnam and U.S. Army Veteran, James Kimble. Kimble was visiting the school for the annual Veterans Day celebration last week and brought his medals, including his Purple Heart, along. Kimble said that Veterans Day brings back a flood of memories for him. "I go to the wall (Vietnam Veterans Memorial). Those guys there are forever young. They are all 18-20," Kimble said.