TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va (WVVA) – Thursday night, during Tazewell County’s regular meeting, the Board of Supervisors honored a Tazewell County man killed in action during Vietnam.
That man is Willie ‘Roger’ Griffith. Specialist Fourth Class Griffith was killed in action on May 18,1967. The Supervisors presented a proclamation of a bridge on Rte. 16 in Bishop to be named in Griffith’s honor..
He was awarded the Purple Heart as well as two Bronze Stars. According to the Army, Griffith exposed himself to enemy fire so his comrades could find cover. He was killed when he was 20 years old.
Family members were present Thursday to accept the designation and said they were very appreciative, proud and happy to see their cousin get this honor in his home county.
“It just means the world to us because you know in the future when we are gone there’s nobody here to talk about him and about what he did. But hopefully if people see that memorial on the bridge they will ask questions about who is this guy,” said cousin John Griffith.
John Grifitth added that his son, who is named after his cousin, is serving in the Marine Corps and they honored Specialist Griffith by flying a flag over a base in Afghanistan.