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McNamara Connected Soldier to Be Exhumed from Segregated Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL March 3, 2014
Viet Nam War Hero Sp5 Wyley Wright killed as Honor Guard for Secretary of Defense McNamara will be exhumed March 3, 2014 from a segregated cemetery in north Jacksonville that has fallen into disrepair. Wright will be reburied at Arlington, March 10.
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Viet Nam War Hero Connected to Secretary of Defense McNamara To Be Exhumed Monday March 3 from Segregated Mount Olive Cemetery in Jacksonville
for Final Resting Place at Arlington National Cemetery March 10,2014
Fifty Years and A Day After His Death
Children of Sp5Wyley Wright Jr. to remove his remains from a segregated
Florida Cemetery, Monday, March 3, 2014 & Join them with his wife’s Ouida F. Wright for a final memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Monday,March 3rd exhumation occurs 8:30 a.m. by Wilbert Vault Company overseen by Carthage Funeral Home.
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 and Stanley Wright (55) of Orangeburg, SC; Wilbert Vault Company Inc.; Kenneth Peele of Carthage Funeral Home
What: Excavation of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. of (114th Aviation Company, U.S. Army) for the reburial with “the wife of his youth” Ouida Fay McLendon Wright at Arlington National Cemetery, who died respectively March 9, 1964 at the age of 31 and March 9, 1970 at the age of 35. Wright died as Helicopter Crew Chief and Honor Guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara along with PFC John Francis Shea (560th Military Police Company) of Willimantic, CN (20 days from his 21st birthday). (http://560mp.tripod.com/
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.” http://wrightthevisiononthewall.blogspot.com/
When: 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014
Where: Mt. Olive Cemetery, 1651 W. 45th Street, Jacksonville, FL ( Near Moncrief Road)
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 will exhume him 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 as news accounts indicated.
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.”
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Asian Week Article 2010 on San Francisco Reunion
News Release 2010 on San Francisco Reunion
Gold Book Describing Death of Sp5 Wright and PFC Shea on March 9, 1964 http://560mp.tripod.com/
Battalion History of 114th- “Knights of the Air”(First Army Aviation Unit in Viet Nam) outlining the difficulty of missions: http://www.145thcab.com/
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