Feb 082012

Hospitalman George Franklin Myrick

Birth Date: 19 Aug 1945

Death Date: 17 Mar 1968

Gender: Male Age: 22 Race: Caucasian (White) Home City: Los Angeles Home State: California Religion: Protestant Marital Status: Single SSN/Service #: B817902 Citizen Status: U.S. Death Date: 17 Mar 1968 Processed Date: Apr 1968 Casualty Country: South Vietnam Casualty Type: Hostile Air: Helicopter Air Casualty; E-3; HN; Province: Quang Nam

George the son of Carl C. and Garnet Z.E. Myrick, enlisted in the US Navy on April 19, 1966. He attended Field Medical School in Camp Pendleton CA and then was assigned to the US Naval Hospital in San Diego. With orders for duty in Vietnam HN Myrick was assigned to H&S Company and attached to Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF as a Field Corpsman when he arrived. During Operation Worth, after a frontal attack against enemy forces on Hill 502 that raged most of the day, contact was broken by the enemy. Casualties were gathered and brought to an LZ for medical evacuation.

A CH-46 D from HMM-265 arrived for the medical evacuation, upon lift off the helicopter came under intense enemy ground fire and as it circled away from the LZ it was hit in the rear pylon by a B-40 RPG rocket causing it to crash and burn in a valley below. The entire crew and six wounded survived, nine other wounded men died including HN Myrick who had been wounded in his left leg while treating Marines during the battle and was also being medically evacuated. HN Myrick was presented the Navy Achievement Medal with combat “V” “For outstanding achievement in superior performance of his duties 13 January 1968″ and presented the Bronze Star Medal posthumously “For heroic achievement on 6 February 1968 while serving as a Corpsman” (Source: posted OBIT at


When he attended ERHS, George Myrick was not only a dedicated student; he was a leader and an inspiration to others. In classes, he always contributed to the discussions and assisted other students who needed help. George was a friend to anyone who needed a friend. He was a class officer in the ninth grade; became a member of the Knights in the eleventh grade, and was president of that service club in his senior year. He ran cross-country and track, and was the starting quarterback on the varsity football team. George earned multiple letters in each sport, and his teammates voted him co-captain of the track and football teams.

George served in the United States Navy as a corpsman, and was known as “Doc” to the men in the Marine Corps unit to which he was assigned. He was awarded 23 medals for his bravery, courage and exceptional dedication to his “brothers” in Vietnam. He was killed on March 17, 1968; he was 22 years old. The story of George Myrick’s heroism and courage inspired the ERHS Alumni Association to select him as a recipient of the Soaring Eagle Award in 2009. This scholarship was created to honor our friend, George Myrick. We continue to follow George’s example and make each moment of our lives one of conscious and thoughtful living. We challenge the recipient of this scholarship to do the same. Requirements: 3.0 GPA. Award: $1,000 (Source: Eagle Rock High School Scholarship Foundation; Post Office Box 411236, Eagle Rock, California 90041;

Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Glendale, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA 

(Source: Various Information Compiled, Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Feb 082012

Sp4 Wiley Barry Moss

Birth: Aug. 23, 1947 Rockingham Richmond Co., NC

Death: Apr. 1, 1969 Bin Duong, Vietnam.

Sp4 Wiley Barry Moss, Vietnam Veteran native of Charlotte, North Carolina was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that Wiley died from an undetermined accident. His body was recovered.

His nephew recalls that Wiley was one of nineteen children fathered by T.K. Moss, of Rockingham, NC; he was the youngest boy. Even though his nephew was three years older than him they laughed about him being my uncle. He was described as a fine young man from a poor family with a lot of pride. He served with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 33rd Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division “Big Red One”. He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: Richmond County Memorial Park Rockingham, Richmond Co., NC.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Feb 082012

Corp Ansel Wendell Morse

Birth: Mar. 29, 1950 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: Jun. 8, 1970 Quang Nam, Vietnam.

USMC Cpl Ansel Wendell Morse native of Charlotte, NC was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Ansel died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered.

A friend from Garinger High School recalls shooting pool, drinking beer and talking about getting drafted. He served with Combined Action Program (CAP) 2-7-3, Combined Action Company (CAC) 2-7, 2nd Combined Action Group (CAG), Combined Action(CA), 3rd MAF, United States Marine Corps. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon (CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: Sharon Memorial Park Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Feb 042012

Cemetery Census is a volunteer website with the goal of surveying cemeteries in North Carolina and Virginia. Some of the listings contain photographs of grave markers. Access to the listings and photos is free. The site also requests you consider sharing your cemetery surveys for listing.  Listings are available by cemetery location and there is an alphabetical index of all burials.

The link for Mecklenburg County is

Jan 162012

The following article was graciously submitted by James T. Newell.

Robert Boyd, from whom many of the Boyds, Newells, Kizziahs, and others of Tuscaloosa Co., AL and surrounding areas are descended, came from Mecklenburg Co., NC.  He was born about 1781 and was married to Temperance Pitman.  A descendant, James Ernest Boyd, who had Robert Boyd’s old family Bible indicated that he had identified Robert’s father as James Boyd.  Although not proven, there was a James Boyd on the 1800 Mecklenburg Co., NC census with a male in the age category (16-26) that matched Robert’s age.  Robert is identified on the 1810 Mecklenburg census with four young daughters <10 years old.  These would be Polly, Jane, Sarah, and Elizabeth.  The census identifies him, as well as the older James Boyd, as being in CPT Hood’s Co.  Robert was a veteran of the War of 1812 and served in the Creek Indian campaigns in Alabama during his six months of active duty.  According to the NC Archives, he served in the 8th Co Second Mecklenburg Regiment.  He was mustered into service at Salisbury, NC Feb 3, 1814 for six months service.  He was discharged at Salisbury on Aug 12, 1814.  He eventually received two 80-acre Bounty Land Warrants as payment for his service.  Warrant #10395 was entered in Tuscaloosa Co. on Jul 22, 1851 and warrant #5526 was entered in Tuscaloosa Co. on Aug 23, 1855.  However, land records show that Robert had already obtained 40 acres in Tuscaloosa Co. on Dec 30, 1835 near Cedar Cove.  Others holding land and settling nearby included his sons-in law, James Newell (land purchase Jan 25, 1833) and William Kizziah, and a brother-in-law Matthew Pitman (land purchase Apr 17, 1833), and members of the Pierson family.

Other sources indicate that Robert served as a Private in CPT Wood’s Company (this same document later stated it was CPT Robert Hood’s Company) and COL Jesse Pierson’s Militia Regiment.  This would imply that CPT Hood led the 8th Co and COL Pierson was in charge of the Second Mecklenburg Regiment.  The following information has been extracted from an archaeology report by the Alabama Historical Commission in reference to the Creek Indian war campaigns in Alabama:

“General Joseph Graham leading North and South Carolinians advanced westward from Fort Mitchell.  As the Army moved, Forts Bainbridge, Hull and Decatur were erected or improved.  From Ft. Decatur the Carolinians moved to the locale of old Fort Toulouse.  Here they joined Jackson’s militia and the 39th U. S. volunteers on April 17, 1814…  An encampment bearing the name of Andrew Jackson was established southeast of the site of Fort Toulouse and the Carolina units and the 39th Infantry settled in…  From these troops fatigue parties, numbering from 100 to 200 men were mustered each day to raise the fort that General John Coffee states was begun immediately after the troops arrived…

“By May 17th the ditches and moats at the new defenses had been dug…  Preparation began the ninth of June for the withdrawal of Graham’s Brigade.  Their enlistment was nearing expiration and the 3rd Regiment U. S. Infantry was scheduled to arrive soon from the west. Two companies of militia were left to occupy the fort and wait for the regulars to arrive while the main body moved to ‘Tuckabatchee Old Fields’ where they began construction of Fort Burrows opposite Fort Decatur…  Only those posts in Alabama occupied by the Carolinians had earth as the major component in their construction.”

By August 1814, Jackson had begun his descent down the Alabama River, and eventually on to the Battle of New Orleans.  On Aug 15, he landed on the right bank “opposite where Colonel Pearson, of the North Carolina militia, had encamped during the Indian war (‘Colonial Mobile’).”

This foregoing information places the Carolina troops, in which Robert Boyd served, in the Tallapoosa Valley area during the construction of Fort Jackson.  As stated, the Carolinians used earthen works as their primary construction medium.  This was because they were used to constructing Coastal defenses against bombardments from ships at sea.  Fort Jackson was primarily an earthen based fort.  Therefore, Robert may have actually participated in the construction of Fort Jackson.  After his release from service, Robert returned to Mecklenburg Co., NC.   He was on the 1830 Mecklenburg census, but had arrived in Tuscaloosa by 1833.  Sources indicate that the family may have spent some time in TN during this transition.  Robert married 2nd, Lydia Whitaker in Tuscaloosa Co. Nov 20, 1837.  She applied for a pension in Tuscaloosa on Jan 29, 1880 and was listed on the War of 1812 Pension rolls as a resident of Bibb Co.  She may have returned there to live with some of her children.  Robert and several of his descendants had moved to Franklin Co. where he died Jul 14, 1863.  It is unknown at this time where his grave may be located.  Other descendants moved across to Tishomingo Co., MS in the early 1860s where several descendants still reside.

Robert and Tempie Boyd had seven known children:  Polly b Sep 28, 1801 married Robert Lee Kizziah; Jane b Mar 29, 1805 (no further info); Sarah b Jul 8, 1807 married James Newell (my ancestral line); Elizabeth b Oct 10, 1809 married William Kizziah, Jr.; John Alexander b Jan 5, 1812 married Rachel Lawless; Rachel b Sep 27, 1813 (no further info); William Washington b Apr 13, 1817 married (1) Sue Kizziah (2) Primrose Lawless; and Caty Caroline b Jul 15, 1820 married Jesse Prince.

Robert and Liddy Boyd had five known children:  Robert M. bc1838 (no further info); Samuel W. b Mar 1840 married Mildred Vaughn; David Baker b Apr 7, 1843 married (1) Sarah Anne Miller (2) Rebecca A. (?); James Early, b Jul 2, 1851 married (1) Patsy J. Cummings (2) Fanny Jane Hullman; and Sarah Emeline bc1855 (no further info).


Written by James T. Newell originally for the “The Heritage of Lamar County, Alabama (2000).”  Revised May 2010.


“At Liberty on Bear Creek,” Charles E. Boyd

“Haysop,” Charles E. Boyd

“Fort Toulouse Phase III Completion Report,” The Alabama Historical Commission

“Colonial Mobile,” The University of Alabama Bicentennial Reprint

Jan 162012

The North Carolina Digital Collections has an Historical Records Survey of North Carolina available from the Works Projects Administration. Included in these records are cemetery tombstone records that were compiled in the 1930’s. Below is a list of the cemeteries and surnames appearing in the Mecklenburg County compiled records, which you can find at this link. Other counties are also available.

Please keep in mind there may be errors or mistakes in the original transcriptions but the records are valuable nonetheless.

Sharon Cemetery, Charlotte (pp. 2, 3-9)

Surnames: Alexander, Allen, Ashcraft, Baker, Blanchard, Blue, Boatright, Bolick, Brewer, Brown, Caldwell, Clanton, Cook, Culp, Davis, Douglas, Edwards, Elliott, Ferguson, Flanigan, Fleniken, Flenniken, Freeman, Glass, Graham, Griffin, Griffith, Guyer, Hannon, Jessiee, Harkey, Hartis, Hennigan, Henry, Hedge, Helms, Howie, Hutchinson, Jamison, Jerome, Kennedy, Kerr, Kirkpatrick, Lee, Lees, Lilly, Long, Manson, Merritt, Moore, Morris, McAlphin, McCachren, McCall, McDonald, McElhaney, McLelland, McGinn, Orr, Parks, Pender, Pharr, Porter, Rankin, Ray, Rea, Reid, Ross, Russell, Samonds, Sammonds, Shaw, Smith, Stanford, Stephens, Stewart, Sullivan, Thrower, Taylor, Vanderburg, Walker, White, Whitesids, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Wolfe, Yandle,

Philadelphia Presby. Cemetery, Matthews (pp 2, 10-15)

Allen, Ardry, Ballard, Bain, Barr, Beaver, Biggers, Black, Blair, Blankinship, Boyetts, Burnett, Condor, Craig, Cross, Crowell, Davis, Dearmon, Dennis, Donaldson, Doster, Estridge, Erwin, Faulkner, Flow, Forbis, Forrest, Freeman, Gaither, Griffin, Harris, Hart, Hartis, Henderson, Hood, Hooks, Honeycutt, Hough, Houston, Jerome, Kirk, Kirkman, Laney, Lemmond, Lipe, Little, Long, Loving, McCall, McCombs, McEwen, McStewart, McWiter, McWhirter, Mann, Miller, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Munge, Nayler, Newell, Nisbit, Nivens, Noles, Orr, Pyron, Ray, Robinson, Rodgeram, Russell, Shaffer, Shelby, Stilwell, Todd, Tomberlin, Vanderburg, Wallace, Watson, Watts, Weddington, Wilson, Woods.

Paw Creek Presby. Cemetery, Paw Creek (pp. 2, 16-31)

Abernathy, Adams, Alexander, Ausband, Auten, Bailes, Baker, Barnbill, Beaty, Blackmon, Buchanan, Bynum, Campbell, Cathey, Cashion, Chapman, Childers, Clanton, Cross, Crouch, Cuin, Davenport, Dunn, Fite, Frazier, Freasure, Freeman, Gatewood, Gibson, Graham, Grass, Gray, Green, Hearn, Henderson, Hinson, Hipp, Hoover, Hope, Hovis, Hudson, Hutchinson, Jamison, Johnson, Johnston, Kenley, King, Kistler, Lawing, Lee, Love, McArver, McCoard, McCord, McCorkle, McDonald, McGee, McGinn, McKenley, McKnight, McLeary, Means, Mills, Montgomery, Mulwee, Neal, Neel, Neil, Ramler, Reid, Rhyne, Robinson, Rodgers, Rosich, Sandifer, Scott, Sharpe, Smity, Smith, Sommerville, Stephens, Suggs, Summerville, Thompson, Todd, Tucker, Underwood, Van Pelt, Wallace, White, Williamson, William, Wilson, Wingate.


Jan 122012

Authorized by the General Assembly in 1935, the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program is now administered cooperatively among numerous state agencies. The website allows for search by county. There are numerous results for MecklenburgCounty, complete with historic sites, maps of historical trails,  and essays for each marker. To access these results go to, highlight Mecklenburg in the list of counties,  and click on the search button below the counties list.

Jan 042012

Lcpl Charles Russell Jerone Menton

Birth: Jun. 1, 1948 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: May 16, 1968 Quang Tri Province, Vietnam.

US Marine Lcpl Charles Russell Jerone Menton, native of Charlotte, NC was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported that Charles died from artillery fire. His body was recovered.

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE VIETNAMESE MERIT MEDAL: Servicemen of courage and rare self-sacrifice, they displayed at all times the most tactful cooperation while aiding the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam to repel the Red wave undermining South Vietnam and Southeast Asia. With ready zeal and commendable response, they fought on to the end in every mission and set a brilliant example for their fellow soldiers. They died in the performance of their duty. Behind them they leave the abiding grief of their former comrade-in-arms.

He was the son of Dorothy Mae Menton & Grandson of Mrs. Annie S. Menton of Charlotte, NC. He served with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd MAF. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnamese Merit Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: York Memorial Park Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.

Plot: Section 1-A, Block 6, Lot 20, Space B

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)