A dedication ceremony Monday, Nov. 10, added eight more portraits to the
Collin County Fallen Warrior
Portrait Project, honoring Collin County heroes who died in service of our country.
SSG Bobby Younger, US Army Air Corps, WWII:The McKinney High School graduate became a crewman on a B-17G Flying Fortress, serving as a belly ball turret gunner with the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group in Europe. On Nov. 4, 1944, on his 13th mission, in a plane christened "Bomber Dear", he was shot down on a bombing mission over Merseberg, Germany, with all hands lost. Bobby's name is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium.
PFC James Malone, US Army 101st Airborne, Vietnam: A McKinney High School graduate in the Class of 1966, James served as a "Screaming Eagle" Paratrooper with 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. On Feb. 3, during the Tet Offensive of 1968, James was killed in action while heroically attacking a heavily fortified enemy bunker complex near the DMZ. PFC Malone was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He is buried at Williams Cemetery, McKinney.
SP4, Charles Hoffman, US Army 4th ID, Vietnam : Also from the McKinney High School Class of 1966, Charles enlisted in the Army and in Vietnam served as a Field Combat Medic with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, known as the "Golden Dragons." On Feb. 9, during the 1968 Tet Offensive, Charles' unit came under a heavy enemy mortar barrage. In complete disregard for his own life, Spc. 4 Hoffman went from one wounded soldier to another, administering life-saving first aid. He was killed when a round exploded close to his position. Charles was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas.
SP4 Peter Courcey, US Army 101st Airborne, Aghanistan: Peter graduated from Frisco High School. While serving as a "Screaming Eagles" Paratrooper with 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Spc. 4 Courcy died from wounds received when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle on Feb. 10, 2009, while on patrol in Khost Province, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. Peter is buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
PFC Cody Board, US Army, 2nd Cav, Afghanistan: A member of the McKinney North High School Class of 2009, Cody enlisted in the Army after graduation and chose to become an Airborne Ranger. In Afghanistan he served with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. On Oct. 4, 2010, a few days prior to his 20th Birthday, PFC Board was killed in action by an improvised explosive device near Mirwais, Afghanistan. Cody was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and is buried at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Oklahoma.
PFC Robert Robinson, USMC Korea: "Robby" graduated from McKinney High School's Class of 1946, enlisting in the Marine Corps at the end of WWII and was discharged in 1949. When the War in Korea broke out he re-enlisted and went into combat with D Company, 1st Marine Tank Battalion. After surviving the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, known in Marine Corps history as the "Frozen Chosin", PFC Robinson was killed in action Feb. 22, 1951, in house-to-house fighting in Hoengsong, Korea. He is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
1st Lt Robert F. Welch III, US Army 1st ID, Afghanistan: A Wylie High School graduate in 2003, University of Texas at Arlington graduate Class of 2008, Robby was an Ordinance Officer, Company B, 201st Brigade, Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke. Robby died 3 April, 2011, of wounds sustained during a mortar barrage on his position in Khost Province, Afghanistan, near the Pakistani Border, when his unit came under attack from enemy combatants while patrolling the perimeter of his forward operating base. Awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, Lt. Welch is buried at the Dallas-Fort National Cemetery.
CPL Tyler S. Trovillion, USMC: A Plano East High School graduate in 2000, Tyler was serving in his second tour of duty in Iraq when, on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, his unit was involved in a combat operation near the city of Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Bagdad. He and four other Marines were killed in action by the detonation of a roadside bomb near their vehicle.
American Legion "Bill Bryan Post 110" of McKinney sponsors the Collin County Fallen
Warriors Portrait Project, portraits of local men who have died in service to our nation, which is on permanent public display at the Collin County Courthouse.
Each of the was created by McKinney artist, Colin Kimball, a United States Air Force veteran who donates his time and talents to the project.
Ten other portraits of local heroes have been hung on the courthouse walls in the last two years. Here are the previous honorees:
Charles O. Jeanes
, born in McKinney, raised in Melissa, enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 in November 1942. On Dec.26, 1943, he waded ashore and into combat at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in the South Pacific, as a rifleman with the 7th Marines, and was killed in action less than two weeks later. At the age of 19, PFC Jeanes was awarded the Navy Cross for valor.
Charles W. "Bill" Bryan, born and raised in McKinney, played center for the McKinney High School Lions, graduated in 1966, and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 18. On Jan. 20, 1968, while leading a seven-man recon team deep in the mountaintop jungles near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, his team encountered a battalion-size enemy unit. In the ensuing battle, Bill was killed while in the process of trying to save the lives of two of his fellow Marines. Cpl. Bryan was awarded the Navy Cross for valor.
Russell A. Steindam
, born in Plano, graduated from Plano High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1964. He graduated from the University of Texas, where he excelled in ROTC. In Vietnam, Lt. Steindam, served as an Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander with the 4th Cavalry Regiment. On the night of Feb. 1, 1970, Russell led a fifteen-man squad on a jungle patrol. As the unit worked its way through the thick, dark woods, an enemy ambush was launched, with his men getting hit with small-arms fire and grenades. After taking cover in a bomb crater, a hand grenade landed on the ground in the midst of his men. Russell died that night when he dove onto the enemy hand grenade, absorbing the full impact, in order to save the lives of his men. Lt. Steindam was awarded the
Medal of Honor for his actions. Only one other Collin County resident has received that honor,
Audie Murphy in World War II. The ROTC building at the University of Texas at Austin, "Steindam Hall' is named in Russell's honor.
Johnny K. Craver
, from McKinney, after duty as a Ranger instructor in 2006, deployed to Iraq as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Serving as a platoon commander with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, his unit was involved in combat operations in the area south of Bagdad. On Oct. 13, 2006, Johnny was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle. At 37 years of age, Johnny left a wife and three children behind. Lt. Craver was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism.
Peter H. Burks
, from Celina, 26, graduated from Texas A&M University and enlisted in the US Army in 2006. On finishing Officer's Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant, he deployed to Iraq where he served as Platoon Commander with the Stryker Cavalry Regiment. On Nov. 14, 2007, while commanding a unit near Baghdad, Lt. Burks was killed when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Peter was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism.
1st Lt. Roy Edgar Matthews
, 25, from Altoga and Westminster. U.S. Army, Company A, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division. Killed in action in World War I at the Battle of St. Mihiel, France, on Sept. 14, 1918. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Dallas.
Corporal John L. Stroup
, 19, also from Altoga. U.S. Army Air Corps. A gunner on a B-17 bomber, he was killed in a plane crash while training at MacDill Field, near Sarasota, Fla. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney.
Colonel James "Jabby" Jabara
, 43, of McKinney. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. Saw first action in WWII and became the world’s first jet fighter ace in the Korean War. He died on Jan. 16, 1966, in an auto accident along with his daughter, Carol, while on his way for deployment to Vietnam. He’s buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a single grave with his daughter.
Corporal Robert Ray Brown
, 20, Frisco. A star athlete in high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1966. After serving a tour of duty in Germany, shipped out to Vietnam in 1967, where he served as a mortarman with the 2nd River Raider Brigade, known as “Mobile Riverines.” He was killed in action on Oct. 1, 1967, awarded the Bronze Star, and is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Dallas.
2nd Lt. Brian Drew Smith
, 30, McKinney. U.S. Army, tank commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division. An Eagle Scout, and graduate of the University of Texas and Baylor School of Law, he chose to leave a law practice in McKinney to serve his country. He was killed in action on July 2, 2004, shot by a sniper while leading an armored combat patrol near Fallujah, Iraq.