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ASHFORD – It all began in 1967 through 1969, when four brave young men began a journey that would take their lives much too soon.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Ashford Church of God Holiness parking lot, a tribute was given in honor of four Vietnam War veteran heroes.

Route 1, from the top of Lens Creek Mountain, to Route 3, Ridgeview Mountain, was named “Vietnam Veterans Highway.” Signs were place at the beginning and the end of Route 1 in honor of Cpl. Robert Lee Fleck; Sgt. Nile Dean Shumate; Cpl. Dana Edward Nelson; and Cpl. James Charles Crose.

On Oct. 19, 1967, Cpl. Robert Lee Fleck was killed in action. On June 1, 1968, Sgt. Nile Dean Shumate was killed in action. On March 28, 1969, Cpl. Dana Edward Nelson was killed in action. On April 19, 1969, Cpl. James Charles Crose was killed in action. All to hostile fire.

These brave men served their nation and state with honor and distinction and all of them gave the ultimate sacrifice.

A special tribute was given by Sharon Cain and state Delegate Larry Barker. A 21-gun salute and Taps was done by the Daniel Boone Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5578 from Madison.

All families and friends attended and we would like to thank them. Also, a special thank you to Jackie Williams for allowing this event to be conducted on the parking lot of the church.

Thanks, however, is not enough to honor these brave young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice to their country.

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