Vets Park Intro
Posted August 13, 2018 | 12:05 PM

Veterans' Stories Give Life to Displays at Memorial Park

Hillsborough County veterans reflect on wars represented by silent tributes

Displays at Veterans Memorial Park & Museum inspire reflection on the sacrifices of men and women who served the United States in times of conflict, and of their families and friends at home.

The Hillsborough County parcel on U.S. 301, beside the Tampa Bypass Canal, features statues and tributes, including those that commemorate past and current warriors from the Seminole Wars through the War in Afghanistan. Each exhibit honors those who set aside families, careers, and dreams to do their part.

The park's displays tell part of the story. Participants in the campaigns, whether serving overseas or stateside, have their own recollections of America's wars.

In this feature, we introduce soldiers, sailors, and airmen from some of the conflicts. In coming months, more veterans from Hillsborough County will appear in this virtual tribute of written accounts, photographs, and videos, to tell about their experiences in uniform, and to reflect.

Here are the stories of three people who served:

Ray Chambers, World War II, 2nd-class motor machinist, U.S. Navy 

Marty Sullivan, Korean War, fire control technician, U.S. Navy

Lance Ham, Vietnam War, chief warrant officer 4, U.S. Army

Photo information: Visitors examine the World War I tribune at Veterans Memorial Park & Museum.


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