By Tom Eastman
CONWAY — In an effort to give long overdue recognition to those who served in the Vietnam War, state Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway), a retired Marine Corps major, plans to honor three surviving veterans of a nine-man patrol who bravely fought in Southeast Asia 50 years ago.
McCarthy plans to have his account of their story read into the State House Journal on June 1 as part of his personal observance of Memorial Day.
He will be driving Lt. Gerald Flick of Livonia, Mich., Sgt. Ronald Smith of Summerville, Ga., and Cpl. Lorne LeMieux of Strykersville, N.Y., from Conway to Concord to attend a House session as his official guests. They will then return to Conway for a community dinner with their families at 7 o'clock at Deacon Street restaurant on Seavey Street in North Conway. The public is invited to attend.
The men and their families will be staying at the Yankee Clipper Motor Lodge through the courtesy of the Sullivan family.
"I'm hoping that the community will come out and meet these men to thank them for their service," said McCarthy, 78, a three-tour Vietnam veteran and three-time recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for valor and two-time Purple Heart recipient.
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