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The Collin County Fallen Warrior Portrait Project will present the portraits of six young men who died while in the service of our country, on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., at the Russell A. Steindam Courts Building, 2100 Bloomdale Road in McKinney

The six portraits, done by Air force veteran Colin Kimball, will be added to the 70 already on permanent display in the "Hall of Heroes" of the courthouse. There are 393 names engraved on the "Wall of Honor" at the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney, and the goal of the project is to put as many faces as possible with those names. 

The six heroes to be honored are:

Wesley M. ADAMSON, 19, Weston, U.S. Army, PFC, 142nd Inf. Regt. 36th Inf. Div.  Killed-in-Action Oct. 9, 1918, at St. Etienne, France, while his regiment was fighting under the command of the 4th French Army. Buried at Rowe Cemetery, Hedley, Texas. Awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star. 




Noble Lee BIRKET, 18, Wylie, U.S. Army, Pvt. 314th Inf. Regt. 79th Inf. Div. (Cross of Lorraine Division). KIA March 25, 1945, when his unit crossed the Rhine River into Germany. Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.  





Harold L. CHRISMON, 25, Celina, North Texas State College, U.S. Army Air Force Major. Flying Fortress pilot, flew over 40 combat missions in World War II; awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. Killed in a search-and-rescue mission when his plane collided mid-air with another Flying Fortress in the Pacific Ocean west of Panama July 20, 1946. His name is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing" World War II West Coast Memorial in San Francisco. Brother of Lt. Carl Chrismon who was KIA December 1943 in Europe. 



Henry Carl CHRISMON Jr. 22, Celina, U.S. Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. 8th Air Force, 413 Bomber Sq., 96th Bomber Group Heavy. On Nov. 21, 1944, he was pilot of a B-17G with a crew of nine. His plane was hit by flak and exploded in the air near Osnabruck, Germany, in WWII. First buried at Temporary American Military Cemetery. Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. Brother of Maj. Harold Chrisman, who was killed in a plane crash in 1946. 




Vernon Hubert JACKSON, 25, Farmersville. U.S. Army, Sgt. Co. B, 9th Infantry, 2nd Inf. Div. Landed at Normandy on D-Day+1. Wounded at the Battle of St. Lo about a month later, and died July 27, July 1944, of wounds in France in WWII. Buried at Princeton Cemetery. 





Jerry Wayne FRAZE, 21, McKinney. U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl. Fox Co. 2nd Bn. 4th Marines, 1st Marine Div. Wounded in action Dec. 11, 1967. KIA March 12, 1968, while leading a direct assault on a fortified bunker complex in the small village of Lam Xuan, near the DMZ in Vietnam. Buried at Restland in Dallas.