State Veterans Memorial Asking for Names of Veterans Who Have Died Dating Back to Vietnam

A view of the WWII Memorial at the Wyoming State Veterans Memorial Site in Cody (courtesy of Buck Wilkerson}
A view of the WWII Memorial at the Wyoming State Veterans Memorial Site in Cody (courtesy of Buck Wilkerson}

The State of Wyoming's Veterans Memorial Park in Cody is looking to add another monument for vets who have died since Vietnam, and they are asking for Wyoming residents to help them complete their list of names by sending information. Buck Wilkerson of Cody, who is responsible for creating the memorial, talks about what they are looking for.

Wilkerson said that he wants to include all veterans who died in all conflicts including but not limited to the Cold War, Lebanon, Desert Storm, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Philippines, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, Libya and Grenada. Memorials for those who served in Vietnam, WWII, and the Korean War have already been completed at the site.

Located in east Cody on US 14-16-20 near the Yellowstone Regional Airport, the memorial was started by Wilkerson and Bob Davidson of Cody, both vets, and funding has come from state appropriations for memorials along with numerous other private and public donations.

Wilkerson said that included with the name of the veteran, should be proof and cause of death, when and where the person died and the branch of military in which they served.

Information is being collected by the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper which can be reached at (307) 472-1857, or by emailing john.goss@wyo.gov.

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