CARLISLE — A Missouri man traveled to the Town of Carlisle last week to visit the grave of and pay his respects to a fellow soldier killed in Vietnam.
Town of Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said she received a phone call last month from Robert Martin, a resident of Cape Giradeau, Missouri, informing her of his plans to travel to Union County to visit the grave of Cpl. Leroy Johnson. Ferguson-Glenn said that Martin, who is retired from the military, told her that he was traveling across country to visit the graves of fellow soldiers who, like Johnson, had been killed in the Vietnam War.
“He said he was coming to visit Leroy Johnson’s grave and pay his respects, he said they were in the same unit,” Ferguson-Glenn said Monday. “He said he was visiting the graves of soldiers like Johnson who had been in his unit in Vietnam and had been killed in the war. He said he travels from state to state paying his respects to these soldiers and placing American flags on their graves.”
Ferguson-Glenn said that Martin visited Carlisle last week and went to Hill Cemetery where Johnson is buried. She said that he met with her and Carlisle Town Councilman Ronnie Lyles and Union businessman and Vietnam veteran Mickey Gist. She said she invited Gist because of his service in Vietnam which she felt gave him a common point of reference with Martin.
In her conversations with him, Ferguson-Glenn said Martin told her that he has already visited the graves of fellow Vietnam veterans in Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska, and New Jersey. She said that he told her that after he left Carlisle he was traveling to Georgia to continue paying his respects to and honoring the memories of his fallen brothers in arms.
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