Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dedicated to the Lives Affected by Vietnam

 
Just past the main gates to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa and about halfway up the hill to the right is a granite display showing the names of the those service members who died during the Vietnam War. Of the two murals etched in polished black granite is this Vietnam combat evacuation scene. Grundy, Marshall, Tama and Harden counties (all central Iowa counties) from the Marshalltown area list their war dead on light colored granite aside this large laser drawing.
 
Marshalltown's Darwin Lee Judge (USMC) is listed at this memorial. He was one of the last US soldiers to die during that conflict. He died in a rocket attack on April 29, 1975. He was a 1974 graduate of Marshalltown High School. Lance Corporal Judge is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marshalltown. All three television networks at the time came to Marshalltown to air the story and his memorial service conducted at the Marshalltown High School gym forty years ago last month.