ERATH, La. – As part of the Memorial Day weekend, the Acadian Museum in Erath hosted a memorial event today commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Farrell Vice.
The event took place in front of the two outdoor busts that were unveiled in front of the museum of two of Erath’s native sons who were killed while serving their country. Besides the Vice bust, a statue was also unveiled of 1st LT. Brandon Dronet who was killed in a helicopter crash on February 17, 2006, in northern Africa in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pvt. Farrell Vice was born on November 21, 1947, lived in the Henry community. Farrell was in the U. S. Army as a SP4 and was awarded the Silver Star for acts of valor in Vietnam. He was tragically killed May 24,1969, at age 21. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Carolyn Vice.
In June 1969, LIFE magazine published a feature, “The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll.” Inside, across 10 funereal pages, LIFE published picture after picture and name after name of 242 young men killed in seven days halfway around the world. Vice’s photo appeared in the article.