Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Maryland XXIV

Oakland in Garrett County is about as far west in Maryland as one can go. It rest practically on the West Virginia line and is nearly as far west as Toronto, Canada.

In my drives around the state I have found a number of memorials, but so far, none so far west.

The memorial sits on a corner dedicated to a number of memorials and as so often is the case I am impressed with what smaller communities (1,925 population) do for their veterans. Garrett County of which Oakland is the County Seat has a population of fewer that 30,000.

We all know this guy, but did you know that Green Berets were formed in 1952 and the first place they were extensively utilized was Vietnam. President Kennedy, a firm supporter of the Special Forces, designated that the Green Beret head gear was for the exclusive use of these units in 1961.

Among the other memorials here is this plaque naming the 15 men from the county lost in Vietnam.

Next time, on September 3rd, we will return to Massachusetts, Meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Maryland, or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

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