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Floyd County

June 9, 2013

SET IN STONE: Fallen Vietnam veteran’s name added to memorial



Unfortunately, Larry Deckard’s death wasn’t the only tragedy that struck the family. 

Virgil Deckard’s son, Matthew Deckard, was killed in Iraq just a few months before Larry Deckard passed away. Matthew Deckard was driving a tank that was blasted by an improvised exploding device. He was 29 years old. 

Virgil Deckard said it’s important to remember the sacrifices veterans make, and to honor those that have fallen in the line of combat or due to wartime injuries. 

“This was a great way to honor him,” he said. 

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