Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Information Sought on Three Cowetans Killed in Vietnam

When the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall visits Coweta County Oct. 20-23 as the centerpiece of the 2011 Veterans Muster, several special programs will be presented.

A special ceremony will be held to honor men from Coweta who were killed in Vietnam and whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial. During the ceremony, remarks will be made about each serviceman and pictures of them will be shown, if available.

Steve Quesinberry, chairman of the Social Studies Department at Newnan High School, has worked tirelessly to collect as much information as possible about these men. He has made great progress, but information remains scarce about three of them. We are asking readers to help us find more information about these three veterans.

If you knew one of these men, or know someone who did, please e-mail Alex McRae ( or Steve Quesinberry (

Below is a brief summary of the information we have on these three men.

  1. John Tillman Dozier. Military records show Dozier's "home of record" when he died in Vietnam as Atlanta, but he is listed in the History of Coweta County as being from Coweta. We are trying to find any Coweta link. So far, no photo of Dozier has been found. Military records show he was born on March 24, 1951, and died in Vietnam on June 18, 1971, while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Quesinberry's research shows that Dozier's nephew is Ralph Milam and his cousin is Lois Ann Hurt Crider.
  2. William Henry "Bill" Thomas, whose "home of record" is shown as Senoia. Thomas was born June 10, 1951, and died in Vietnam on March 25, 1970, while serving as a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. It is thought Thomas may have attended East Coweta High School briefly or might have graduated from ECHS shortly before entering the service. Quesinberry has located three Marines who served with Thomas and were with him when he was killed by a land mine. One of them said Thomas' father might have been a Marine Corps officer.
  3. Joseph Michael Watson, whose "home of record" is listed as Moreland. Military records show Watson was born Feb. 28, 1948, and died in Vietnam on Jan. 8, 1968, while serving as a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps. Quesinberry has learned that Watson's mother was Janie Entrekin, but has been told that all of Watson's family may now be dead.
If you have any information about Watson, Thomas or Dozier, please let us know. These men made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and we want this tribute to be as complete as possible.