Rockport Heroes Remembered!
Military Series Of Some Heroes From The Vietnam War.

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Time May Be Immortal-Soldiers Are Not!

Music File Is An Old Vietnam Era Tune:
"He Ain't Heavy, He Is MY Brother."

This Military Series Is Designed To Give Honor To Those From The Rockport/Echols Area That Served Our Country. I Have Not Left Out Anyone Intentionally, As I Can Only Include Those That I Have Information About. If You Know Or Are Aware Of Anyone That I Have Not Included, Please Feel Free To Send Me Some Material And I will Include Them In The Series. The Minimum Needs For A "Soldier Web Page" Is A Military Picture And A Short Write-Up On The Soldier. Thanks.

Stat by jrd.
Updated 9/25/09.

This is a statue called "Grunts".
It is located near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
A part of this wall is shown in the background.

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Gerald Hoskins In Uniform
Gerald Hoskins.
Gerald was a 1961 High School graduate of Beaver Dam, KY. He started school at Rockport and attended until he entered high school at Beaver Dam. In 1957 Rockport High School students were required to continue their high school education at Beaver Dam. Gerald entered Beaver Dam as a Freshman.

The following write-up and the above picture is from an older article in the Owensboro Newspaper and furnished by Coleen Hoskins Stewart. Thanks Coleen.

Private E-2 Gerald Hoskins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hoskins, of Rockport, Kentucky arrived in Augsburg, Germany on October 10, 1965 and has been assigned to Company C 24th Medical Battalion.

Private E-2 Hoskins entered the U. S. Army on May 11, 1965 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he received his basic training and special schooling. Upon graduation he was awarded a trophy for attaining the highest proficiency in his company and an accelerated advancement to Private E-2. A citation presented to him by his commanding officer reads, Quote: "This accelerated promotion is the result of your dedicated effort, your exemplary conduct and attitude, and your demonstrated qualities of leadership. The officers and men of this organization join me in congratulating you as your receive this recognition of your accomplishments during your period of basic training".

Thanks Gerald, for your service to our country.


The Second Indochina War, 1954-1975, grew out of the long conflict between France and Vietnam. In July 1954, after one hundred years of colonial rule, France was forced to leave Vietnam. Communist forces under the direction of General Vo Nguyen Giap defeated the allied French troops at Dien Bien Phu, a remote mountain outpost in the northwest corner of Vietnam. This decisive battle convinced the French that they could no longer maintain their Indochinese colonies and Paris quickly sued for peace. As the two sides came together to discuss the terms of the peace in Geneva, Switzerland, international events were already shaping the future of Indochina.

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Map Of Vietnam
A Map Of Vietnam.

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Winston Abbott In Uniform
Winston Abbott

Winston was born and raised in the Echols Community and the son of Mr. And Mrs. Lester Abbott. He received his grade school education at Rockport. His high school years were at Beaver Dam where he graduated in 1962. Winston's older brother was able to obtain his high school diploma at Rockport, but by the time Winston was ready for high school, the area students were being bussed to Beaver Dam. Winston started school at Rockport, finished grade school there, and entered high school at Beaver Dam where he received his high school diploma.

The following write-up is by Winston. Thanks Winston for the write-up and the picture, and a special thanks for your service to our country. Without young brave men like you, we would probably be speaking a different language and our freedoms would certainly be limited.

Winston Abbott served in the Army from July of 1965 until July of 1967. He entered the service at Fort Knox, KY where he was in training from July through December of 1965. After basic training and other special training at Fort Knox, Winston was sent to Vietnam. He was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay and worked as a Stevedore. After his tour in Vietnam, Winston was sent to Fort Hood Texas and served there until he received his honorable discharge in 1967.

After returning to Kentucky, Winston was able to find work in Louisville, but it was not Ohio County. He worked in Louisville for eleven years. Then in 1978, he returned to Ohio County where he worked in the construction trade. In this time frame, there was a lot of construction work in and around Ohio County and Winston and other construction workers were able to stay employed. Guess that most of us, at one time or the other, find their ideal job and Winston was offered a job with the U. S. Postal Service in 1985. He eventually became a Mail Carrier and stayed with the post office for 20 years until retirement in 2005. Guess that Winston said it all when he mentioned that retirement life is good and he and his wife are living the "Good Life" on a farm in the Cromwell area. Way to go you two.

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