Graniteville names sought for new monument

Graniteville names sought for new monument

JOHNSTON - Two local veterans are seeking the names of all men and women who lived in the village of Graniteville when they were called to serve in any capacity during the Korean conflict, from June of 1950 to December of 1953.

This search is not just limited to those who served in Korea, said George Caldwell, of Lincoln, but it's open to anyone who served in any capacity within all branches of the military.

Caldwell and fellow Graniteville native Albert Darbey, both 84, have so far collected more than 50 names of those from the village who served. Only 37 of those 50 names have been confirmed so far.

All names, representing the dead and living, will be placed on a new monument to be placed next to existing World War I and II markers near the Johnston Historical Society and fire station on Route 44 in Johnston.

Caldwell and Darbey plan to pay for the new monument and say they are not soliciting donations to help fund it.

Any Graniteville natives who served during the Korean conflict, even if they didn't go to Korea, are urged to contact Caldwell by calling him at home, 401-334-8739, his cell, 401-578-7601, or emailing caldwellg2@cox.net.