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More Veterans' Plaques Being Added
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Five more bronze plaques commemorating local veterans who died in action will soon be added to the Riverbank Veterans Memorial Wall.

The plaques were not ready in time to arrange a ceremony for Memorial Day this past Monday, but City of Riverbank staff members are planning an occasion for Veterans Day in November, said Administrative Assistant Luanne Bain.

The five new plaques will honor the following:

Wallace W. Van Dyke, CPL Army, Korean War, killed in action Sept. 3 of 1950.

Floyd E. Osgood, PVT Army, World War II, killed in action, Aug. 1 of 1944.

Waymon J. Luton, PVT Army, World War II, killed in action, July 24 of 1944.

Victor L. Johnson, 1LT Air Force, World War II, killed in action on June 1 of 1943.

Warren H. Burkett, PVT Army, World War II, killed in action on July 19 of 1944.

Bain invited family members of these veterans to contact her at 863-7122 so she can keep them informed on arrangements for the Veteran's Day ceremony. Those who know of other local veterans previously unrecognized are also invited to call her but recognition will be limited to former residents of the city and will require proof they were killed in action.

The last ceremony at the memorial outside Riverbank Community Center honored Navy Corpsman and Petty Officer James Ray Layton, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. The traditional statue to a fallen soldier depicted with a helmet set on top of a rifle and boots was added in front of the row of plaques at that time.