Happy Valley High dedicates monument to alumni KIA

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, November 22, 2022

By Angela Cutrer
Elizabethton Star

On Nov. 18, Happy Valley High School conducted a ceremony to dedicate a memorial monument to alumni who died in military action.

“We are honored to be able to host this event, and very grateful to the McKeehan and Arnett family for purchasing the monument,” the school’s secretary, Sandy Baggett, said. “Also, we are thankful for all the businesses and people who have worked so hard to make this possible.”
The memorial monument was placed in front of the school and remained covered until the dedication service last Friday. Though the service was not open to the public, the school invited family members to participate.
The memorial, provided by the Arnett-McKeehan families, is inscribed with the following names:
  1. PO 1st Class Frank E. Verran, Navy, Class of 1936
  2. Seaman Selby Campbell, Navy, Class of 1941
  3. Seaman Louis H. McKeehan, Navy, Class of 1944
  4. Private Tommy E. McKeehan, Army, Class of 1944
  5. Private Joe Pete McKeehan, Army, Class of 1946
  6. Staff Sgt. Larry Jerome Lyons, Army, Class of 1959
  7. Lance Cpl. Harold W. Wilson, Marines, Class of 1963
  8. Spec. 4 Gary D. Murray, Army, Class of 1964
  9. Cpl. James David Bowers, Marines, Class of 1966
  10. Staff Sgt. Billy J. Ellis, Army, Class of 1966
  11. Capt. Danny Graybeal, Army, Class of 1983

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