Friends of Nevada County Military rededicates memorial plaque on Dorsey Drive bridge |

Friends of Nevada County Military rededicates memorial plaque on Dorsey Drive bridge

The Friends of Nevada County Military held a ceremony Monday morning, honoring the memory of Thomas Cranford, a local veteran who lost his life in Vietnam. A memorial plaque honoring Cranford had been removed from an overpass during the construction of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project, and placed in the remembrance room at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building.

“We put it in there for safekeeping and locked it up,” said Dick Corn, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 535, Nevada County.

Cranford’s memorial plaque sat in a display case for more than a year.

Monday morning, a group of Blue Star Mothers and Vietnam veterans with an honor guard held a ceremony in Cranford’s memory, rededicating his plaque.

“We all kind of marched across the street and did a slow salute, like they do at a military funeral,” Corn said. “Your hand comes down from your hat very slowly, in a respectful way.”

“It was very uplifting to honor the memory of Thomas Cranford and his family, that lived here locally,” said Pat Nelson, from the board of directors for the Friends of Nevada County Military.

Cranford served with C Company, 2nd battalion 47th Infantry Regiment. He was 21 when he died after less than two months in combat. He served from March 26, 1968, until he was killed in action May 9, 1968 in Binh Long, Vietnam.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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