Quantcast

No Distance Can Keep These Two Veterans From Honoring Their Fall - KOAM TV 7

No Distance Can Keep These Two Veterans From Honoring Their Fallen Comrade

Updated:

    The nation comes together for the national "Wreaths Across America"  day.
    It's a day set aside each December, to allow the country to lay wreaths at more than 1,000 locations nationwide honoring veterans and fallen soldiers.
    One of the locations participating, Fort Scott, Kansas.
    And for two Navy veterans, this day, holds a very special place in their hearts.
Craig Allen Morin, Navy Veteran, Houston, Texas Native: "I served with a young man who's buried down the hill here, we were Hospital Corpsman together in the Navy, and his name is Allan Wayne Brashears, he was killed in Vietnam in December of '69."
Craig Morin made the trip to Fort Scott from Houston, Texas.
But along the way, he made a side stop, in Mustang, Oklahoma, to pick up Fort Scott native, Robert Wilson.
Together...they made the trip, to pay tribute to the man they both knew so well, and both served with.
Morin: "There's a brotherhood and a sisterhood that exists, it's really special, for those of us who have served in the service of the country feel that, and it's kinda heartwarming to, for a brief moment, to feel that again."
And, thanks to Craig's efforts, Allan Brashears friends, and family, were able to get closure they never could get, when he was killed in action, nearly 50 years ago.
Robert Wilson, Fort Scott native: "You never really knew what happened in Vietnam, communications weren't good, and you had a friend die, and you wondered what happened to him and Craig went through the effort to find it out and document it for his family."
Morin: "I did it for his family because they didn't really know what had happened to him, and he was my best friend in the Navy, and I felt, I just took it upon myself, I felt like it was something that, if I could do it, I wanted to do it."
Craig and Robert attended the ceremony, Craig, handing out wreaths for each branch of service, to be placed along the wall.
A salute, from Craig, and from the veterans placing the wreaths, for their fallen comrades.
A gun salute, to honor the fallen.
Then, it's time, for Craig and Robert to place the wreath at their friend's final resting place...
Wilson: "...It touches my heart...it's a good thing..."

*Update:  We learned after broadcast that some information we were provided was incorrect.  While CFI did make a contribution to the Fort Scott National Cemetery to assist with wreaths, there was *not* enough to cover every grave in the cemetery.  Officials tell us they were short by about 1,100.  If you would like to help them reach their goal of having a wreath for every grave, information is provided below.

To find out how to honor a loved one or get involved with Wreaths Across America in Ft. Scott, follow our Facebook page at Fort Scott National Cemetery #1 Wreath Ride , website at www.fortscottwreathrid.com , or contact Kevin Wagner, Volunteer Coordinator for Wreaths Across America @ Ft. Scott, KS. 620.215.2174

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin

    Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:19 PM EST2018-01-17 03:19:58 GMT

     The City of Joplin is looking to curb peddlers and solicitors at major intersections throughout the city.
         Something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.
         Just not for long.     
         The issue is pretty straight forward -- public safety.

    More >>

     The City of Joplin is looking to curb peddlers and solicitors at major intersections throughout the city.
         Something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.
         Just not for long.     
         The issue is pretty straight forward -- public safety.

    More >>
  • Carthage Art Classes

    Carthage Art Classes

    Saturday, January 13 2018 7:58 PM EST2018-01-14 00:58:25 GMT

        According to CampusExplorer.com, college art courses can range upwards of $42,000 a year, and private lessons, around $70 to $100 a piece.     But, at Cherry's Art Emporium On The Square in Carthage, you can get classes, and materials, once a month, for just $30.

    More >>

        According to CampusExplorer.com, college art courses can range upwards of $42,000 a year, and private lessons, around $70 to $100 a piece.     But, at Cherry's Art Emporium On The Square in Carthage, you can get classes, and materials, once a month, for just $30.

    More >>
  • Wash The Salt Off Your Car Before It Becomes A Hazard

    Wash The Salt Off Your Car Before It Becomes A Hazard

    Saturday, January 13 2018 7:54 PM EST2018-01-14 00:54:22 GMT

    Road crews will likely be putting down another round of salt on area roads in advance of our next potential storm system...      But that salt can be harmful, even dangerous, for your car.     That's why officials at In And Out Car Wash in Joplin say it's important to wash your car as soon as possible after it gets coated in salt.

    More >>

    Road crews will likely be putting down another round of salt on area roads in advance of our next potential storm system...      But that salt can be harmful, even dangerous, for your car.     That's why officials at In And Out Car Wash in Joplin say it's important to wash your car as soon as possible after it gets coated in salt.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.