National cemetery lays 15 Veterans to rest


With the help of the Missing in America Project, the remains of 15 Veterans were interred at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina, with full military honors, June 14, 2014.

The Rowan County Honor Guard and the North Carolina National Guard escorted the remains during what was the cemetery’s first Missing in America ceremony, with the theme:  “Gone, but not forgotten.”

The 15 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines served during World War II, Vietnam and Korea –all received full military honors during the ceremony.

Click here to view the Flickr gallery of the event.

Those 15 Veterans were:

  • Technician 5th Grade James Robert Liverman Jr., 1919-1996, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Yeoman 2nd Class Donald William Newman, 1921-2012, U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Motor Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class, Petty Officer Frederick William Tims Jr.,
    1922-2012, U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Spc. 4th Class Terry Wayne Oaks, 1958-2010, U.S. Army
  • Spc. 4th Class Fars Ruble Strickland, 1938-2012, U.S. Army
  • Cpl. Lonnie Cecil Wilborn, 1929-2012, U.S. Army, Korea
  • Pfc. Harry Lee Battle Jr., 1948-2008, U.S. Army, Vietnam
  • Pfc. James D. Boone Jr., 1927-2011, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Pfc. Leroy Lightfoot, 1924-2005, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Pfc. Emanuel Dion Robertson, 1960-2009, U.S. Army
  • Seaman Apprentice Walter Eugene Visage, 1938-2008, U.S. Navy
  • Pfc. and Seaman Apprentice Phillip Diaz, 1956-2012, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy
  • Pvt. Valerie Jean Nobles, 1954-1999, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Pvt. William Tony Plemmons, 1923-2007, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Airman Michael Jay Zimmerman, 1954-2004, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam


Yvonne Levardi


  1. Cyclops    

    WELCOME HOME my Brothers and Sisters, and THANK YOU for your Service to our Country!

  2. Stefani Ceballos    

    Our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks for each of your sacrifices. May you rest in peace now that you are back in the country that you gave everything for. God bless your families and loved ones. Welcome home, at last.

    1. Ann Marie Roberts    

      Amen. And with a moment of silence, we pray for you and your loving family.
      May you rest in peace in the arms of our loving God.
      Ann Roberts

  3. Troy    

    May the rest in peace my fellow brothers in arms.It has been a long journey but they are finally home.

    1. Ann Marie Roberts    

      My deepest sympathy and momentarily silence for you, my fellow veterans. Thank you and your families for your sacrifices to our country, the United states of America. My you rest in peace and in the arms of our loving God.
      Ann Roberts,
      Veteran, American Legion-member

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