Vietnam Veteran Honored In Lyndon

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LYNDON, Kan. (WIBW)-A Vietnam veteran's name is finally being honored after 45 years.

This young sergeant was in the 4th infantry division 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment and his family and friends describe him as a bright young student whose life got cut too soon.

The sounds of the musical piece "Taps" played as family and friends gathered to remember a fallen hero.

"We gotta remember these guys. They gave the ultimate sacrifice," said friend, Doug Brabb.

Soldiers' names are engraved on a plaque in front of Osage County Courthouse, but one name was missing: Sergent Albert W. Romine, who was killed in action in the Vietnam War in May of 1968.

And now his loved ones are in front of the Osage County Courthouse to change that.

"And over the process of months, we got the county to put his name on and there have been several people in on this and here it is!" says Brabb.

Veterans from the American Legion waved the red white and blue star-bangled banner in honor of Romine who died at 23-years-old. His siblings say they still feel the heartache as if it happened yesterday.

"He was a great brother and we could depend on him to do anything. He was our friend," says his sister Juanita Slusser, as she sheds tears.

"I still miss him, believe it or not, even though it was 45 years ago, " says his brother, Leroy Romine.

Romine's life ended too short, but his name will live forever.

Albert W. Romine's brother, Leroy, and friend, Doug, peeled back the flag on top of the plaque and revealed Albert W. Romine's name for the first time as Albert W. Romine's sister says, "he was special."

Romine had five brothers and two sisters who say they still talk about him everyday.