Fi­nal Rome pho­to­graph found for vir­tual wall

All 22 of Rome’s Viet­nam fallen are now rep­re­sented as part of the on­line me­mo­rial.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Blake Sil­vers BSil­vers@RN-T.com

Ear­lier this week the Rome News-Tri­bune ran an ar­ti­cle about miss­ing pho­tos of fallen Viet­nam ser­vice mem­bers who called Rome home. Af­ter fam­ily mem­bers came for­ward with pho­tos of Thomas Steven Jones, the Rome News-Tri­bune asked for the pub­lic’s help in find­ing a photo of Ed­die Lee Spivey.

Just like with Jones, Spivey’s pro­file on the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Fund Wall of Faces will no longer be miss­ing the most im­por­tant piece.

Wed­nes­day morn­ing a photo of Ed­die Lee Spivey, neatly dressed in his Army khakis, was brought into the news­room by Ed­die’s cousin Allen Spivey.

With a photo of Spivey, the Wall of Faces can now con­tinue to fo­cus ef­forts else­where, as all 22 of Rome’s Viet­nam fallen can be fully rep­re­sented.

Spivey was the crew chief on a he­li­copter that was shot down in the Bac Lieu Prov­ince of Viet­nam on Jan. 2, 1970, killing Sgt. 1st Class Spivey just 20 days be­fore his 33rd birth­day. He was a mem­ber of D Com­pany, 227th As­sault He­li­copter Bat­tal­ion, 11th Avi­a­tion Group of the 1st Cav­alry Di­vi­sion.

Spivey left be­hind a wife, Alice, along with a daugh­ter and two sons.

He was buried at Oak­land Ceme­tery in Rome a lit­tle over two weeks af­ter his death with full mil­i­tary honors.

The pho­tos of Spivey and Jones have been passed along to the folks at vvmf.org, giv­ing the project all 22 Viet­nam fallen who called Rome home.

Along with vol­un­teers with vvmf.org, mem­bers of the lo­cal Marine Corps League have been help­ing out with the lo­ca­tion of miss­ing pho­tos from all over the North­west Ge­or­gia area. In fact, vol­un­teers al­ready had some of the same pho­tos of Spivey and Jones and were gear­ing up to pass them along to be in­cluded on the wall.

“The lo­cal de­tach­ment of the Marine Corps League has been col­lect­ing the pho­tos of those not on the Wall for Floyd and sur­round­ing coun­ties,” said Hal Gos­nell of the league’s De­tach­ment 1020, who said they had re­cently lo­cated pho­tos of the two miss­ing Floyd County fallen as well. In fact, mem­bers of the MCL have been work- ing in sur­round­ing coun­ties as well.

“The two from Chat­tooga County were got­ten by Johnny Ri­ley with help from Jon Payne from the County Pro­bate Court,” said Gos­nell. “The two that were miss­ing from Chero­kee County, Alabama, were found by Tom and Su­san Beavers. Everett Ste­wart dug up the miss­ing ones from Floyd County, with as­sis­tance from Pat Mil­li­can at the Rome-Floyd (County) Li­brary.”

With the Jones and Spivey cases now “solved,” there are still ser­vice mem­bers with miss­ing pho­tos from the area. The RN-T will con­tinue to team up with the folks at vvmf.org and the lo­cal Marine Corps League in an ef­fort to en­sure all area Viet­nam fallen have a pub­licly dis­played face to go with their story.

/ Con­trib­uted

Ed­die Lee Spivey, a Rome na­tive, was crew chief on a he­li­copter that was shot down Jan. 2, 1970 just 20 days shy of his 33rd birth­day. His cousin Allen Spivey brought in the photo.

Thomas Steven Jones

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