Fallen Vietnam War soldier from Prosper, Charles Lewis King, was honored along with five other war heroes from North Texas at The Collin County Fallen Warrior Portrait Project presentation at the County Commissioners Court on Monday, June 5, 2017.
The portraits of the six men who died while serving their country were presented to be put on permanent display in the “Hall of Heroes” in the Collin County Courthouse, where 42 portraits are already on permanent display.
The purpose of the Fallen Warrior Portrait Project is to put as many faces with the names of the 385 names engraved on the “Wall of Honor” that sits in the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney. The project is privately funded and sponsored the by the American Legion Bill Bryan Post 110, the VFW Lone Star Post 2150 and the Collin County Freedom Fighters, and the portraits are created by McKinney artist and US Air Force veteran, Colin Kimball, who donates his time and talents to this historic project.
The six heroes who were honored at the presentation were Richard P. Rush, Loyd McCraw, Lloyd R. McCreary, Eric Duckworth, Timothy Barber and Charles L. King. The Collin County Freedom Fighters website tells the stories of the lives of the six fallen heroes.
“Charles King was born September 20, 1940,” the website said. “He joined the Army at the age of 18, in 1958. After spending ten years in the service, his scheduled twelve-month tour of duty in Vietnam began on August 24, 1968,” the website states. “On June 4, 1969, with just over two months left on his tour, Spc. 5 Charles King was killed by an enemy explosive device, a grenade, land mine, or booby trap, somewhere in Long An Province, at the age of 28. The name of Charles L. King can be found on the Wall in Washington, DC, at Panel 23W, Row 65.”
King was awarded many medals, including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam, Campaign Ribbon, Military Merit Medal and the Gallantry Cross With Palm.
Joe King, nephew of Charles King said it’s an honor to have someone in his family being recognized who was killed in action.
More details about the presentation will be included in next week’s edition of the Prosper Press.