By Kay S. Pedrotti
The war in Vietnam in 1964-75 cast a heavy stone into the pond of collective memory in this country. The ripples are still being felt today.
When The Herald Gazette published a story about “The Faces Never Forgotten,” photos were being sought for the men from this area who died in Vietnam whose pictures had not been located by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. Now we have heard from family members of three of them and still are tracking down the surviving relatives of the others.
This photo from “many years ago,” according to its owner Jackie Pippin of Milner, shows Sammy Buffington as a young man. Buffington was killed in action Dec. 26, 1967 as he marched in a road-clearing detail with his infantry company in Vietnam. Pippin says his family is “determined to keep his memory alive - I had that picture next to my computer.”