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Viet Nam War Hero Associated with Robert S. McNamara Exhumed from Segregated Cemetery & Exhumed Wife “Love of His Life” Honored by Delta Airlines Fallen Hero Program in Atlanta and Washington D.C. Today on Way to Final Resting Place at Arlington National Cemetery
Children of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. and Ouida (We-dah) Fay McLendon Wright had parents exhumed Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 and reunited together after death separated them 50 years ago as result of the Viet Nam War. The two will be flown today to D.C. for reburial March 10th at Arlington National Cemetery.
Who: Jackie Wright (60) of San Francisco, and Phyllis Wright Cameron (50) of Antioch, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) representing brothers Joe N. Wright (58) of Columbus, GA, Stanley Wright (55) of Orangeburg, SC; Honor Guard of Delta Air Lines Fallen Hero Program; Taylor Funeral Home of Phenix City, AL, and Greene Funeral Home of Alexandria, VA.
What: Delta Air Lines Fallen Soldier Program Ceremony in tribute to Sp5 Wyley Wright who died in Viet Nam, Monday, March 9, 1964 at age 32 leaving a wife and four children & “the love of his life” Ouida Fay McLendon Wright who died six years later on the same date as her husband, Monday, March 9, 1970.
Sp5 Wright (114th Aviation Company, U.S. Army) was buried for 50 years at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL, a segregated cemetery, with a recent history of not being properly cared for by the City of Jacksonville. He died March 9, 1964 at the age of 32 and Ouida F. Wright died March 9, 1970 at the age of 35. As a Helicopter Crew Chief and Honor Guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Wright perished on March 9, 1964, along with PFC John Francis Shea (560th Military Police Company) of Willimantic, CN (20 days before his 21st birthday) in a helicopter crash. (http://560mp.tripod.com/
The exhumation from Green Acres Cemetery of Ouida Fay McLendon Wright occurred on Tuesday, March 4, after 44 years for reburial at Arlington National Cemetery with husband, Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr., following his excavation on Monday, March 3rd.
Ouida Fay McLendon Wright died March 9, 1970 of Pancreatic Cancer, survived by her children who were 16, 14, 11, 6 years of age. At the time of their father’s death, they were 10, 8, 5, and six months (Sp5 Wright had only seen a photo of his youngest child, Phyllis and never had a chance to hold her). The Wright story is a “Love story, Civil Rights story, American History story, Black History story and Faith story.”
When: Today, March 6, 2014 -Prior to Departure of Delta Flight 150 10:50 a.m. from Hartsfield Jackson Airport to Washington D.C. and Upon Arrival to Reagan National Airport 12:36 p.m. Contact Delta Public Affairs for media accessibility and time of ceremony: 404-764-9194.
Where: Hartsfield Jackson Airport & Reagan National Airport
Previous Media Reports:
Viet Nam War Hero Sp5 Wyley Wright Exhumation from Segregated Cemetery
Florida Times Union
Sp5 Wyley Wright’s Wife, Ouida Fay McLendon Wright Exhumation, Columbus, GA
Why: Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. served the United States as a military “lifer” and was a few years away from his dream of building a home for his family in Jacksonville, Florida and opening up his aviation repair company, when he died after completing his regular missions with honor, just two weeks before his scheduled return home. The Wright Siblings believe their father has earned a place of honor and exhumed him Monday, March 3rd from Mt. Olive Cemetery one of the segregated cemeteries of North Jacksonville that was not kept up as the City of Jacksonville had promised over the years.
Although Green Acres of Columbus, Georgia is a well-kept perpetual cemetery, the siblings concluded that their parents, who shared a deep love for each other, should be buried in honor together. They have themed the occasion “Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor.” The Wright siblings are fulfilling the basic Judeo-Christian principle, one of the Ten Commandments, “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.”
“Love Separated in Life…Reunited in Honor” Fact Sheet
Wright background story
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