The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 8, 2012

Name of Joplin Marine added to war memorial


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Capt. Dwight Gray Rickman’s name has finally been added to the Memorial Hall monument for the soldiers of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

Rickman, a Joplin resident who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was flying a reconnaissance mission in south Vietnam when his aircraft was shot down on Christmas Day 1972.

His name had somehow been left off the monument, which is located on the west side of Memorial Hall in Joplin, during the nearly 40 years since it was erected. It was formally engraved on the monument today thanks largely to the efforts of Vince Martinez, a member of the Joplin Marine Corps League.

“It’s something that he had coming, and it was certainly due,” Martinez said. “It’s good that we got this done. He’ll sleep better tonight.”