Pictured from left to right: (standing) Walter Prestwood, Kathy Hutchings, Director, Caldwell County Veterans Services, Regina Goforth, Veteran Services Officer and Debbie Swanson. (Seated) Mrs. Georgia Prestwood.
The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office recently presented a reframed collection of service medals belonging to a Caldwell County veteran killed in action, to his family.
Lance Corporal Benny Prestwood was born July 11, 1950 in Hudson and he was killed in action on January 9, 1969 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam while leading a patrol. Lance Corporal Prestwood was 18-years-old and had been in Vietnam for six months, when he died from an enemy booby trap explosion. At the time of his death, Prestwood had just returned to combat duty after recuperating from wounds received while serving with the First Marine Division.
Recently, Kathy Hutchings, Director of Caldwell County Veterans Services and Regina Goforth, Veteran Services Officer, presented the Prestwood family with a shadow box displaying Lance Corporal Prestwood’s original medals along with a book with information about the medals he was awarded. The presentation took place at the American Legion Post 392 in Hudson.
On hand to accept the shadow box was Lance Corporal Prestwood’s mother Georgia Prestwood, his brother, Walter Prestwood and his sister, Debbie Swanson.
“We wanted to create this shadowbox for the Prestwood family to exemplify how much we all appreciate and honor Lance Corporal Prestwood and all the veterans that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” says Hutchings. “We also want to make it clear to all veterans how much we appreciate their service.”
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