Southeast Colorado Veterans' Memorial Wall - 2022

Description: A Memorial to Southeast Colorado Veterans of All Service Branches and All Generations.

Published: 05/29/2022
Byline: Hart

The SECO News 2022 Southeast Colorado Veterans' Memorial Tribute Wall

A Collection of Poetry and Memorials Collected To Be Shared In Loving Memory of Our Southeast Colorado Veterans...

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

 In Flanders fields.

Theodore Ernest Lewis

August 26, 1922 - April 12, 2004

United States Navy

Theodore Ernest Lewis Obituary

William "Bill" Hart

Army Air Corp

US Airforce

Lt. Col., La Junta Air Force Base SAT Commander

Lt Col William Mcrae Hart In Memorium

Jet Explodes at Hensley Field Piloted by Lt. Col William Hart La Junta Air Force Base Commander (1969-71)

Pearl Gaynelle "Gay" Turner Hart

US Army RN 2nd Lt.

Robert "Bob" Moody



Leland A. Brubaker

United States Navy

USS Astoria

George Francis Pawlish

February 25, 1941 - March 8, 1967

Vietnam War


George Francis Pawlish on

SSG Justin Lee Vasquez

January 26, 1979 - June 5, 2005


Verald "Bud" Quick

August 31, 1932 - December 15, 2019

United States Army

Verald "Bud" Quick Obituary

Kash, Wayne Franklin, b. 12/02/1940, d. 08/05/1999, US Navy, BMC,300

Jay Scott

April 17, 1948 - March 30, 2022

US Navy

Jay Dean Scott Obituary

SECO News Podcast Interview With Jay Scott


We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,

Sleep sweet - to rise anew!

We caught the torch you threw

And holding high, we keep the Faith

With All who died.


We cherish, too, the poppy red

That grows on fields where valour led;

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies,

But lends a lustre to the red

Of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders Fields.


And now the Torch and Poppy Red

We wear in honour of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought

In Flanders Fields.


Marion E. Riley 

SGT. Army Air Corp WWII 

Born July 22, 1917 Evergreen, Alabama 

Died April 1, 1991 La Junta, Colorado

Nicholas Frank Koch Obituary

How Sleep the Brave

by William Collins

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest

By all their country’s wishes blest!

When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,

Returns to deck their hallow’d mould,

She there shall dress a sweeter sod

Than Fancy’s feet have ever trod.


By fairy hands their knell is rung;

By forms unseen their dirge is sung;

There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,

To bless the turf that wraps their clay;

And Freedom shall awhile repair

To dwell, a weeping hermit, there!


Sgt Cory Bay. Marines. Jan 30 2014

Solomon Brownstein

Pictured here with his first wife and adopted daughter, refugees from Kaisersesch, Germany, 1952.


USAFR, Korea

Service dates unknown

b. 1921, Ohio

d. 2000, California

Julius Johannes

United States Navy

Battleship USS Mississippi during World War II

Julius Johannes Obituary

Clarence Jake Johannes

July 2, 1933 - May 30, 2011

United States Air Force 

Clarence Jake Johannes Obituary

Jan Carol Bolinger Obituary


By: Joseph Lee

When the last voyage is ended,

    And the last sail is furled,

When the last blast is weathered,

    And the last bolt is hurled,

      And there comes no more the sound of the old ship bell --

        Sailor, sleep well!


When the last Post is blown,

    And the last volley fired,

When the last sod is thrown,

    And the last Foe retired,

      And thy last bivouac is made under ground --

        Soldier, sleep sound!

William Glenn Parker 

December 13, 1944 - January 11, 2021

US Air Force Radio Opperator 

William Glenn Parker Virtual Eulogy

William Glenn Parker Obituary

Kenneth (Kenny) Bernal Obituary

First Lt. Jack Logan Quinn

July 31, 1922 - November 19, 2003

United States Air Force

Fred Hare

United States Air Force 

passed away in 2011

Edward Earl Hunnicutt

United States Navy

Edward Earl Hunnicutt Obituary

Rodney Hoffmeyer 

United States Marine Corps

Rodney Hoffmeyer Obituary

Elmer Bennett Parker

March 2, 1924 - March 8, 2013

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