173rd Quartermaster Co. honored

Johnny Jennings

Members of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 173rd Quartermaster Co. —from left, Glenn Green, Bill Turner, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Howard Webb — hold up a mock-up of the memorial marker “The 173rd goes to ’Nam.” The Greenwood-based company was the only Army Reserve unit from Mississippi to be activated during the Vietnam War. Its tour of duty lasted from September 1968 to August 1969. A 50-year anniversary reunion was held over the weekend. An unveiling ceremony for the marker was scheduled for Saturday at the American Legion Hut on East Claiborne Avenue, which is where the marker is located. Because of an afternoon downpour, the group celebrated the marker at the Hampton Inn. The event included speakers Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams, District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham and Allan Hammons, whose advertising firm designed the marker. The reunion included a weekend of festivities and was attended by about 100 servicemen and their families. The marker was the brainchild of Glenn Green and Ray Nash and was funded by the Greenwood City Council and the Leflore County Board of Supervisors.

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