MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Kentucky group continues its mission to honor all of the Commonwealth’s Vietnam military members who went missing in action.
On Saturday people gathered to remember Major Carl Berg Mitchell, thanks to a local chapter of Rolling Thunder.
Mitchell spent his summers growing up on his family’s Mount Sterling farm.
“He was just always life of the party and somebody that everybody wanted to be with and around,” said his cousin, Mary Mark.
Mark says she has great childhood memories of her cousin Carl, who they called him “cully.”
“He was just a real special human being,” said Mark.
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He went on to serve as a pilot in the Air Force. In 1964 in Vietnam, his plane crashed.
No survivors were found. He left behind three children.
More than 50 years later, Mitchell’s memory lives on.
“He was a fine representative of this country and he believed in it wholeheartedly from west point on down,” said Mark.
At Saturday’s event Major Carl’s story was read and people saluted his photo, one by one.
“He wasn’t forgotten. He will be remembered every year that we can do this for him,” said Mark.
Mark says while she knows her family remembers Cully, it’s nice to know others haven’t forgotten his sacrifices either.