A new display honoring Lance Corporal Roy Wheat can be seen at the South 40th Ave. Post Office in Hattiesburg.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
A display at Hattiesburg's South 40th Ave. Post Office honoring Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Roy Wheat has received a makeover.
The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby and the McCain Library and Archives at Southern Miss teamed up with the Post Office to re-format the display.
It features new integrated graphics and additional photographs of Wheat, a Jones County native and U.S. Marine lance corporal who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 20.
He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life to save the lives of several other Marines.
"He was a real person from our area who went to Vietnam, served in extraordinary circumstances and then, of course, lost his life serving his country," said Chad Daniels, director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
"He's somebody we can be proud of and say that he's a Mississippi son and a Mississippi hero," said Michelle Jordan, Hattiesburg postmaster.
The previous display honoring Wheat had been up for several years. The Post Office on South 40th Ave. is also named in his honor.