Wednesday evening in Live Oak, Captain Charley James Ford, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran who was killed in a training exercise nearly 50 years ago, was honored by the community.
The city dedicated a marker to him at the Veterans Memorial Park on Howard Street in downtown.
Emotions ran high during the ceremony as the siblings of Capt. Ford helped honor their brother. He was the 12th of 13 children.
“We grew up together on a little farm outside of Live Oak. I remember when he went to Vietnam, but it didn’t really mean anything. I didn’t really understand what it all meant,” said Dorthy Ford Nelson, the youngest sibling.
Family members of Capt. Ford have fond memories of him growing up, and coming home on leave.
“He taught me and my sister to play cards, we used to play Tonk all day when they came home on leave,” said one of Capt. Ford’s siblings.
Capt. Ford went on to become the most decorated Veteran from Suwannee County. The Green Beret was awarded two Silver State Medals and a Purple Heart for his valor, and he was only 25 years old.