A majority of the men from the class of 1964 served in the United States military. These Grundy County sons were among the 2,709,918 Americans who served in uniform during the Vietnam Era which was from August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975. One of the 58,148 soldiers who gave his life was Grundy native, Marvin Phillips, a member of the class of 1964. Marvin’s remains were found and returned to Grundy County in September of 2011 and were buried in the Palmer Cemetery next to his parents forty-five years after his plane was shot down in Vietnam.
Pictured here are the 1964 class members from Grundy County High School who served during the Vietnam Era. In addition to the photos, the following men also served in some branch of the military during that time: Earl Anderson*, Roy Birdwell, Wade Allen Bouldin, Jimmy Brannan, Billy Caldwell, Danny Campbell, Benny Carrick, Robert Dickerson*, Larry Dishroom, Jimmy Geary Gipson, Rondal Givens, Alton Gross, Arthur C. “A.C.” Harris, David Hampton*, Johnny Hunziker, Jerry Killian*, Clint Levan*, Gary Mayes, James Maynard, Larry McKenzie, James Orange, Charles “Pete” Putman, Glen Roberts, Marshall Roberts*, Paddy Roberts*, William Dee “Buster” Smith, Ray Stubblefield, and Billy Wade Taylor. Deceased veterans are marked by an asterisk *. Bobby Rollins, who is pictured, is also deceased. (Thank you to Dean Northcutt who provided information for this article.)
IT’S THE SOLDIER
It’s the soldier, not the reporter
who has given us freedom of the press.
It’s the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It’s the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It’s the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It’s the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC