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SOLDIER HONORED
(2008-05-26)
(wgvu) -
A MUSKEGON-AREA SOLDIER WHOSE NAME WAS
LEFT OFF A LOCAL MEMORIAL BECAUSE OF ARMY PROTOCOL AFTER HE WAS
KILLED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR IS BEING HONORED MORE THAN 42 YEARS
LATER.
PRIVATE JAMES DINGER WAS KILLED IN BY ENEMY SMALL ARMS FIRE IN
GROUND COMBAT. HE WAS 21.
DINGER'S BODY WAS BROUGHT HOME TO MUSKEGON BY TRAIN, ACCOMPANIED
BY A U.S. ARMY HONOR GUARD. HE WAS BURIED IN MONA VIEW CEMETERY IN
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS.
EVEN THOUGH HE WAS RAISED IN MUSKEGON, DINGER'S NAME WAS LEFT
OFF THE AREA MEMORIAL BECAUSE HE ENLISTED WHILE LIVING WITH
RELATIVES IN THOMPSONVILLE.
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