Memorial road to honor Caldwell brothers

Staff Writer
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Mineral Daily News-Tribune

By Ronda Wertman

Tribune Correspondent

BURLINGTON – Mineral County will celebrate some of its own heroes Saturday with the dedication of the Caldwell Brothers Memorial Road.

Set for 2 p.m. across from the Burlington Post Office, Delegate John Paul Hott will recognize the intersection of Route 50 and Upper Patterson Creek Road to the intersection with Shirley’s Lane in honor of the Caldwell brothers.

The six sons of Richard and Helen Caldwell each traveled this road going to and returning from their military service.

Moving to Burlington in 1947, the brothers also had two sisters, Joan Caldwell Brown and Helen (Jean) Caldwell Brown.  

The oldest son, James A. Caldwell (wife Maris) enlisted in the Army on Oct. 2, 1946 at age 17. He served

18 months with the Company A 21st Infantry Army with the rank of private first class. He was recognized with for Auto Rifleman, BAR Expert and with the WWII Victory Medal Army of Occupation Japan.

Richard C. Caldwell served during the Korean War in the US Navy from November 1952 until July 1956 as an engineman third class. He was a second class diver and attended under water diving School in Bayonne, NJ. He was stationed on the U.S.S Niobrara and the U.S.S. Tanner AGS-15.

John C. Caldwell (wife Patricia) was inducted into the Army on July 24, 1963. He served until July 23, 1965 with Headquarter Battery USAAMC 4th US Army at Fort Sill Oklahoma. As a specialist 4 (E-4), he completed training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama in ballistic missiles. He received awards for expert rifle.

William R. Caldwell (wife Marion) served in US Army from Jan. 9, 1964 to Jan. 6, 1966. He served 6 months 11 days in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division. He was discharged as a private first class (E-3) with Battery C 8th BN 6th Artillery.  He began his career serving at Fort Riley Kansas. He earned recognition as an expert M14 Rifle and Vietnam Service Medal.

Douglas L. Caldwell (wife Joetta) served in US Navy from December 1964 to December 1968 aboard the Bonhini Richard, The Hancock, and the Ticondroda.  He spent three tours in Vietnam waters serving with the fighter squadron 51 with the rank of AM E2-E5. His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Devices, Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Thomas N. Caldwell (wife Norma) served in the US Army from Oct. 6, 1966 to Sept. 24, 1968 serving with the 198th Infantry BDE in Vietnam at the rank of SGT E-5. He was decorated with the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksmanship Badge with Auto Rifle and Rifle Bar, Vietnam Campaign Medal with “60” Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device and Cold War Recognition Certificate.

Residents are invited to the dedication to recognize this family for their service.