114th Aviation Company
celebrated Memorial Day, so many young faces came to mind. These young
men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Their faces are
still young in our memories. Their stories never had the opportunity to
be added to. What would they have accomplished, what families they would
have had and influenced. How was the family they came from affected with
this loss? We are so grateful that we had the privilege of knowing them,
flying with them, and enjoying their company. They will always remain in
our hearts and memories.
In order to honor them and all who served in the 114th Aviation
Company and its attached units, we are pursuing the placement of a monument in
the Garden of Memories at Ft. Rucker. Gene Boyle had spent many hours
researching our history to insure each unit that serves with us is recognized.
He has obtained unit patches and organized them for display on the monument.
He has prepared digitized photos and contacted a company in Dothan to begin
design work. He has also researched the procedures we must go through to
obtain permission to erect the monument on the base.
In the next few months we will make a presentation to the review board and
hope to then contract the construction of the memorial. The patches will
be on the front and the names of those lost will be on the back. As we
make progress, we will be able to put a copy of the proposal in the newsletter
and inform you when it is approved. We hope to have a memorial service
sometime in the fall.
I want to recognize Gene for his
tremendous work and dedication to accomplishing this task. He is the
driving force on this project and is doing a wonderful job. What else
would you expect from a Knight.
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who served May 1963 to February 1972.
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