|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1935|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 1968, Vietnam|
Ever since we first met at the West Point entrance exams at Fort McPherson, Georgia and bonded in early 1953 I considered you to be my friend. Later I would consider you to be my closest friend. After four years in the same company in the U. S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, we went on to be stationed together at Fort Belvoir at the Engineer Officer Basic Course and then to Airborne School at Fort Benning. I then went on to serve in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. You went on to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Our next assignments were to be in then West Germany. I was assigned to a construction battalion in Baumholder and you went to Dexheim to the 12th Engineer Battalion. However, your engineer platoon supported an infantry unit in Baumholder and that gave us valuable time together when you came there. After our tours in West Germany, we both attended the Engineer Officer Career Course at Fort Belvoir and then parted ways to attend different graduate schools. What I did not realize then was that would be our last time together.
I called my wife from Vietnam on the MARS network in 1968 and she told me that you had been killed in Vietnam. I was devastated. I did not believe possible that this powerful, intelligent person could be gone from the earth, but sadly it was true. The world lost an outstanding person that fateful day. You could have led us to many bigger and better accomplishments, but sadly we would never see that. The military and the country have missed you and your outstanding abilities. Sadly, my wife and I tried to contact your wife and other family members, but because they were being harassed by anti-war thugs all avenues of contact were being blocked. We eventually gave up our efforts and were never able to express our sorrow at your loss.
You were a devoted, loyal husband; a doting father; and a true friend. You had many friends, some closer to you than I, but I never had such a good friend as you were to me. It is Memorial Day 2014. I will never forget you.
Wayman R. Bishop (1894 - 1969)
Thelma K. Bishop (1901 - 1965)
Wayman R. Bishop (1919 - 1983)*
Joyce Bishop Walker (1921 - 2014)*
Joseph Adrian Bishop (1935 - 1968)
Marietta National Cemetery
Plot: Section U Site 316
Maintained by: mrtncrsn
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Aug 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15558005