Posted Date: 11/10/2022
Washington 1965 graduate Mike Chitwood, who gave his life in service of our country during the Vietnam War, will be honored Saturday, November 12, 2022. The current bridge over Walnut Creek in Washington will be dedicated in his honor by American Legion Post 0310 on Saturday at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend the dedication ceremony located at the bridge.
Jerry Michael Chitwood was born on July 15, 1947, to Elbert “Dube” and Lorene Chitwood. He was killed in action by a hostile small arms fire on May 24, 1968, in South Vietnam, Quang Tin province. He was only 20 years old. Mr. Chitwood was drafted into the Army and entered the service via selective service. He began his tour on October 6, 1967, and had the rank of Staff Sergeant. His military specialty was light weapons infantry, and he was attached to 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, A Company. Mike received the Purple Heart.
Chitwood has several relatives who attended Washington Public Schools and continue to reside as community members. Mike left behind a daughter, Tracy, who was only a few weeks old at his death. He has two grandchildren, Dalton and Delaney. He was loved by many and is fondly remembered by members of the Goldsby and Washington communities.
This Veteran’s Day, we thank all service members who are currently serving or have served our country. We remember Jerry Michael Chitwood and all veterans who paid the ultimate price.