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Spec Royd Steve Kerley Jr.

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Spec Royd Steve Kerley Jr.

Birth
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Death 17 Apr 1967 (aged 20)
Vietnam
Burial Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Kerley
Memorial ID 29035178 View Source
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SP4 Royd Steve Kerley Jr, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

Specialist Four Royd Steve Kerley Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SP4 Kerley served our country until April 17th, 1967 in Bing Thuy, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that Royd died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. Royd was born on September 14th, 1946 in Charlotte, North Carolina. SP4 Kerley is on panel 18E, line 041 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

I wasn't around for years Steve, therefore I did not know you were gone from us. I think of you often. You were younger than I but we had great times on the school bus. You will always remain in my memory as a good friend and lots of laughs. Dianne Griffin.

Steve and I went to grammar school together. We were in the fourth grade when Steve entered Lula Elementary School, Lula, Georgia. Our teacher was Mrs. Maude Ivie, who died while we were in her classroom that year in 1956. I have fond memories of Steve as a very intelligent and good all around person. He had a hard working mother who raised four boys by herself. Everyone of those boys grew up to be ones' to make their mother proud. My childhood school friend. Peace is with our Lord. I was in the fourth grade, Mrs. Maude Ivies' class, 1956 when Steve came to Lula School. I remember his beautiful dark skin and eyes. He was a very mild-mannered boy. Steve's hardworking mother reared four very intelligent, devoted guys. Peace is with the Lord,and Steve my friend, you are at peace. Iris Thompson Fry, 5913 Chattahoochee Street, Lula, Ga. 30554, Steve, May you rest in peace with Our Heavenly Father, [email protected]

1st Cousin: Remembering. When were growing up, Steve`s mother would bring Steve and his three brothers and come visit our grandparents who lived in North Carolina. There were about 7 years different between our ages I was born in 1939 and Steve was born in 1946, so we did not get to know each other as we would have liked to. Even at that age I could not believe the closeness that he and his brothers had. I wished we had got to know each other better. We lost 2 uncles in WWII, another cousin in the Korean War and Steve in the Vietnam War. We had a chance to lost a Great-Nephew in the Iraq War but thank God he came back(if he does not have to go back). Steve`s father was in the Air Force WWII he was shot down and was injured in the crash but he came home. Thanks to Steve and the other boys who served in the war we can feel better about freedom. Thanks to all who served in the Vietnam War. Carl Kerley, 119 Lodge Hall Court, Stony Point NC, 28678, [email protected]

A friend: Steve Kerley was one of four sons of Doris Kerley. I knew Steve from the time we were in the fourth grade. He and his brothers were exceedingly intelligent and witty. Steve was a good man. He is greatly missed. That war took some of our best. and Steve was the best. Some did not go by choice. their maker will decide their fate. May God bless all of these heroes. May God bless Steve. Michael Barrett, Lula, GA, 30554, [email protected]

He served with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry, "Black Horse", USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 14 Aug 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 29035178
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29035178/royd-steve-kerley : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Royd Steve Kerley Jr. (14 Sep 1946–17 Apr 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29035178, citing Sunset Memory Gardens, Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .