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McMurry Professor Rev. Bill Libby participates in dedication ceremony for Viet Nam soldier


McMurry University Religion Professor Rev. Bill Libby recently participated in the dedication of a Viet Nam soldier’s grave marker at the cemetery in Silverton, Texas. Sgt. Keith Rowell was killed in action with the 101st Airborne Division on August 25, 1968, 18 days before he was scheduled to come home to his family. Libby was at that time serving as a Chaplain with the Division. The ceremony began with a talk on the WTA&M campus in Canyon by the University President; WTSU had 23 students and former students killed in Viet Nam, including Sgt. Rowell. The family and friends then began a processional to Silverton accompanied by the Texas Patriot Guard, the veteran’s motorcycle unit. In Silverton the community had hung flags on the street; many people stood in front of their homes to welcome the processional. Eight men who served with the Sergeant in Viet Nam came from around the US to be a part of the ceremony. Approximately 350 people gathered in the small town cemetery to honor the dead soldier.