Bridge Dedication

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Bridge Dedication

Postby waltthomas » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:26 am

Last month I had the honor of attending the dedication of a Tennessee county bridge to the memory of a fallen brother. The bridge was dedicated to Cpl. Larry G. Buford ( Bo ) who was KIA on November 30, 1967. It was attended by Cpl. Buford's sister and brother-in -law, Linda and John Flippen, one nephew, several friends as well as three state representatives who were fundamental in getting the memorial process passed through the state legislature.

The dedication was initiated by a family friend, Dwight Smith, who spearheaded the process and who led the dedication. I was going to include a photo but am uncertain how to do this.

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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby John Foster » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:37 pm

Hi Walt. Could you please e-mail me at gunnyjohn@earthlink.net I would like more info on the Bridge Dedication and Cpl Larry Buford.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby Fasst1 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:42 am

Walt,
If you email me that photo I can post it for you. ditson35@verizon.net

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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby Fasst1 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:44 pm

Here are the photos Walt wanted to post. The second photo is of Bo's brother-in-law John, his sister Linda, and his nephew Bubba.

Semper Fi Bo.

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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby phillipfco » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:33 am

Walt, Where is this bridge in Tennessee? I want to go there and see it.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby waltthomas » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:38 am

Phil,
The bridge is located on state highway 11 just north of a small town called College Grove, TN. Let me know when you plan on coming because maybe we can meet for lunch or a beer.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby phillipfco » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:21 pm

Walt I will be in Tennessee next week (week of Sept. 15th). email me your phone
number. My email address is usmc1967@comcast.net. I may have a couple of
other Fox 2/9'ers with me as well.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby images2u » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:10 pm

This is great news to hear that Cpl. Buford has reached such high acclaim for his ultimate sacrifice and honorable service. I remember when he arrived to 2/9 and the day he and others lost their lives up on the DMZ.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby waltthomas » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:42 am

Well, it's been 50 years ago today that Bo and his fellow Marines and Corpsman paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. Time sure flies.

I will go to his gravesite today to pay my respects. May he and all the other fallen brothers rest in peace.
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby phillipfco » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:18 am

Walt, it was great getting to see that bridge, and seeing his grave. Thanks again. Next time I'm in
Tennessee, I'll give you a call. Semper Fi, Brother! And, Merry Christmas!
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Re: Bridge Dedication

Postby waltthomas » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:03 pm

It would be great to see you again. Anytime you're in the area let me know and we'll have a beer together.

Semper Fi and Happy New Year. Walt Thomas
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