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A tribute 51 years overdue for fallen Vietnam War hero

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A tribute 51 years overdue for fallen Vietnam War hero

A tribute 51 years overdue for fallen Vietnam War hero

Drafted to serve his country in the Vietnam War, Russell Milberry arrived there two days before his 20th birthday and died five days later.

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A tribute 51 years overdue for fallen Vietnam War hero

BRIDGE IN CARROLL COUNTY ISPREPARED TO RIGHT AN OLDWRONG.

WMAR 2 NEWS' JEFF HAGERHAS MORE ON THE TRIBUTE FOR AFALLEN SOLDIER FROM THEVIETNAM WAR.(TRACK) DRAFTED TO SERVE HISCOUNTRY IN THE VIETNAM WAR,RUSSELL MILBERRY ARRIVED THERETWO DAYS BEFORE HIS 20THBIRTHDAY AND DIED FIVE DAYSLATER.

(SOT) 24:36 "He thoughthe was going to be in an areawhere working in a hospitalwouldn't be as dangerous andyou never know where thosebombs are going to hit."(TRACK) BACK IN HIS HOME TOWNOF UNION BRIDGE, MARYLAND, THEFALLEN SOLDIER'S FAMILYSUFFERED IN SILENCE, BUT OVERTHE YEARS, JAN STAMBAUGH'SHUSBAND, CHARLIE, GREWUNCOMFORTABLE THAT THESACRIFICE OF HIS FELLOWCOMRADE'S LIFE HAD BEENDISMISSED WITHOUT FANFARE.(SOT) 20:24 "The veterans wereall shunned.

They were poison.This wasn't their idea ofgoing to war and this wasright in their own community.(SPLICE/SOT) 20:45 "...butsadly, Charlie's thoughts werethat it was because Russellwas black." (TRACK) CHARLIEALSO TURNED OUT TO BE ACASUALTY OF THE WAR WHEN AGENTORANGE CONTRIBUTED TO HISDEATH A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT HISWIFE FOUND AN ALLY IN UNIONBRIDGE MAYOR PERRY JONES.(SOT) 24:17 "'68 was a roughtime.

It was about the timethat Martin Luther King gotkilled in April so there werea lot of things that didn'tget the recognition theyshould have gotten in thosedays." (TRACK) WHILE YOU CANFIND RUSSELL MILBERRY'S NAMEON THE VIETNAM WALL IN THENATION'S CAPITAL AND ON HISGRAVE IN A REMOTE CEMETERY INNEW WINDSOR, FOR HALF OF ACENTURY, THERE WAS NO SIGN OFHIS LOSS IN HIS OWN HOMETOWN,BUT THAT WILL CHANGE WHENUNION BRIDGE UNVEILS A SIGNDEDICATING A PORTION OF ROUTE75 IN HIS HONOR NEXT WEEK.

FORJONES, THE TRIBUTE STRIKESEVEN CLOSER TO HOME.

(SOT)23:14 "Russell is actually arelative of mine.

He's one ofmy third cousins." (TRACK) ANDIT FULFILLS THE LONGTIME WISHOF CHARLIE STAMBAUG━ONE OFHIS FELLOW COMRADES FROM THESAME SMALL TOWN.

21:53 "Oh,yes.

Definitely.

Definitely.He's with me every day and Iget signs all the time and Iknow he's really happy aboutthis." (TRACK) IN CARROLLCOUNTY, JEFF HAGER, WMAR 2N




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