for the first design concept for the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans'
Memorial came from former Midlander Randall G. (Randy) Gilliam,
who served in Vietnam in 1969-70.
His first four months there
as an infantry rifleman with Co. C, 2 Battalion, 506th
Infantry, 101at Airborne Division. His last eight months he was
a helicopter door gunner with Co. B, 158th Assault
Helicopter Co., 101st Airborne.
came to Midland when he was six and graduated from Midland Lee
High School in 1967. He enlisted in the Army that fall. After
earning his jump wings, he was assigned to the 8th
Airborne Division in Germany. He volunteered to go to Vietnam
Among his decorations are the Bronze
Star, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal with 16 clusters, Vietnam
Service Medal with four bronze service stars, and the Vietnam
Gilliam now is a sales representative
for California Optical, traveling North Texas and Oklahoma. Randy
has a son, John.
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