Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

October 20, 2012

Graham Memorial Project honors Medal of Honor recipient at FSU

Ceremony dedicates library deck, begins Vietnam project

FROSTBURG — In 1967, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. James A. Graham, a member of the Frostburg State Teachers College class of 1963, gave his life in Vietnam following a series of heroic actions that were later found worthy of recognition with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor.

On Saturday, Frostburg State University launched the Graham Memorial Project, a living memorial to the fallen hero.

The project began with the dedication of the deck of the Lewis J. Ort Library in Capt. Graham’s honor and the unveiling of a plaque there, but it will continue with the interdisciplinary educational project, “Memorializing Vietnam.”

The educational project will be a semester-long advanced colloquium that will examine the historical, political, social and economic aspects of the Vietnam War.

Following that study, FSU students will work in teams to conceptualize the design of a memorial on FSU’s campus honoring Graham, while taking into account all they have learned about the conflict in Vietnam and its impact on the nation and world.

On Saturday, following the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by members of FSU’s music fraternity, two Vietnam-era CH-46 helicopters from Marine Helicopter Squadron One flew over the campus in a tribute to Graham.

Among those in attendance were Graham’s widow, Janice Clark, Frostburg class of 1964; and their two children, retired USMC Col. John Graham, class of 1985; and retired USAF Col. Jennifer Graham, as well as Col. Robert Golden III, Marine Corps Recruiting Command chief of staff, representing the Marine Commandant.

An honor guard from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 presented colors. The event closed with the singing of “God Bless America” and the Marines in attendance singing the “U.S. Marine Corps Hymn.”

A number of James Graham’s Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity brothers were there, as were several Marines who had served with him in Vietnam.

John Graham said the number of people present who had known his father for just a few years, yet “he left indelible images on people that he did not know very long, and here you are 45 years later.”

“Frostburg was extremely important to Dad,” John Graham said.

It was where he met his wife, where he found his Sigma Tau Gamma brothers, and where he found his faith.

“This is where it all changed for Dad here. … That’s why it’s so fitting that Frostburg is the place to tell Dad’s story,” John Graham said.

Retired USAF Col. Donald White, who chairs the project’s steering committee, said the group is determined to follow the wishes of Graham family that this project be about establishing a living memorial “that will instill traditions within the student population: lifelong learning, personal core values of community selflessness, integrity, excellence, service before self and an understanding that humility is an important personal trait.”

James Graham was honored for his heroism when, in June 1967 against heavy odds, he led a unit of Marines in attacking two machine-gun nests in the Quang Tri Province. With the group under heavy fire, Graham ordered his men to retreat, remaining behind with a wounded soldier unable to be moved.

“The one thing that you could count on with Jim Graham was that you could count on Jim Graham,” his son said.

Read more about Graham’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/ Graham-Memorial-Project.

The memorial is a project of the FSU Alumni Association. The FSU Foundation also has two scholarship funds honoring Graham. For more information on supporting the Graham Memorial Project Fund or the scholarship funds, contact the FSU Office of University Advancement at 301-687-4161.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

1
Text Only
Latest news
  • Puff & Stuff owners agree to settlement in federal court

    CUMBERLAND — The owners of Puff & Stuff stores in Cumberland and LaVale agreed to forfeit $173,988 to settle claims that they sold synethic drugs at their stores.

    April 23, 2014

  • Orndorff.jpg Hampshire man sentenced to 40 years plus in child death

    ROMNEY, W.Va. – Hampshire County Circuit Court Judge H. Charles Carl III sentenced Cory A. Orndorff, 23, of Green Spring on Wednesday to 40 years for one count of child abuse resulting in the death of an 18-month-old child

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wills Mountain wild fire 70 percent contained

    CENTERVILLE, Pa. — Fire on Wills Mountain that began Saturday reportedly covered more than 800 acres by Wednesday morning and was 70 percent contained, according to a public information officer with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

    April 23, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
     

    April 23, 2014

  • West Virginia flags lowered for former congressman

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State and U.S. flags at state facilities are at half-staff in honor of former Rep. Mick Staton.
    Staton died April 14. He was 74.
     

    April 23, 2014

  • Truck catches fire on city bridge

    CUMBERLAND — Cumberland firefighters doused a pickup truck fire on the Baltimore Street bridge spanning Wills Creek about 11 a.m. Tuesday, but not before it destroyed the engine compartment and damaged the passenger area of the Chevrolet.

    April 22, 2014

  • Carbon monoxide causes evacuation at Ramada

    CUMBERLAND — High carbon monoxide readings at the Ramada Inn on George Street resulted in the evacuation of the first floor at midday Tuesday and caused a senior citizen prom to be moved elsewhere.

    April 22, 2014

  • picketing 2-1.jpg Workers begin picketing outside WV Schools for Deaf and Blind

    ROMNEY, W.Va. – Child care workers and union reps began picketing outside the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Tuesday morning.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Romney firefighters get federal grant

    ROMNEY, W.Va. — The Romney Fire Company will receive $67,925 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sgt. Walter May.jpg Sgt. Walt May earns Award of Merit

    CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Natural Resources Police honored Sgt. Walt May of Westernport during its annual awards ceremony held last week at Chesapeake College.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
NDN Video