Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit comes to Abilene

Published 05/06 2014 06:16PM

Updated 05/06 2014 06:39PM

"He wanted to be like his big brother," said Jimmy DeFoor as he looked down at the folded American Flag he was holding onto.

 "He was a typical younger brother, always under foot," he said.

Jimmy said he often wonders the thought, what if things had been different some forty plus years ago?

"Sometimes I wished that I had discouraged him," he said. "But you know, I rely on my faith in God and if this was to be, then this was to be"

Victor DeFoor wanted to be like his older brother so much, that he followed in his footsteps right onto the battlefields of Vietnam.

"He did not have to be there because they would only send one son from the family," said Jimmy.

Victor was only 20-years-old when he was killed at war.

"I wasn't notified until the next day, and it did come as quite a shock," said Jimmy.

Today, Victor DeFoor's memory lives on here at the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.

The Texas Vietnam Hereo's Exhibit will be on display downtown at 1289 N. 2nd Street, through June 2. 

The three thousand plus dog tags, pay homage to those who served and died, just like Army Cpl. Victor DeFoor. 

"These guys, like us old guys, we try to make sure that those guys aren't forgotten," said Joe Middleton of the Patriot Guard Riders.

The mobile exhibit was escorted into the museum by the West Texas Patriot Guard Riders.

"It has all the dog tags of all the P.O.W's  and all the M.I.A's" said Middleton.

"What they offer basically is the name, rank, date of loss, and hometown of every Texan that was killed in the Vietnam War, said William Lenches.

This is for family and friends, and even those who just want to come and pay their respects to the fallen Texas soldiers like Army Cpl. Victor DeFoor, can do just that.

"I'm proud of Victor's service," said Jimmy of his younger brother.  "I'm proud of the decisions that he made, and he volunteered." 

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