Six portraits were commissioned to honor Collin County men who lost their lives during their service. These six will be added to the 42 portraits that currently hang in the Hall of Heroes located in the Collin County Courthouse. The names of 385 veterans are engraved on the Wall of Honor at the Collin County Veteran’s Memorial park and the Fallen Warrior Portrait Project aims to match those names with portraits.
The portraits were created with painstaking detail by McKinney artist and U.S. Airforce Veteran Colin Kimball. Kimball donates his time and abilities to serve the Fallen Warrior Portrait Project.
“It means a lot to me personally,” Kimball said. “I just wanted to say that I spent a lot of time putting in the research and trying to make these portraits historically accurate.”
Kimball went on to explain that in order to maintain the historical accuracy of each piece there has to be consistent attention to detail. The army uniforms, for example, have certain differences dependent on which era they are from.
“This is an ongoing project that they have committed to continue with,” County Judge Keith Self said. “People donate to this project. The cost is not inconsequential, the work and the expense that they go through. I want to thank the families that are here. Thank you for your sacrifice.”
Charles L. King, from Prosper, was among the six portraits that were presented at the last Collin County Commissioners Court meeting on June 5. Special 5th Class, US Army, 3rd Brigade, 47th Infantry Division, Mobil Riverine Force, King was 28 years old, one of the oldest men to be recognized on the memorial wall. After joining the army when he was 18 years old, he served for 10 years. Most of his service was spent in Germany. King was killed in action on June 4, 1969, in South Vietnam.
The other men whose portraits will be added to the Hall of Heroes are: Richard P. Rush, McKinney, Seaman 1st Class US Navy, killed in action, Dec. 7, 1941; Loyd McGraw, McKinney, Tech/Sgt. U.S. Army, 99th Infantry Division, killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge; Lloyd R. McCrary, Farmersville, Pvt. 20th Combat Engineers, 49th Infantry Division, 7th Army, killed in action in Europe, April, 1945; Eric Duckworth, 26, Plano, Staff/Sgt. US Army, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, died of wounds sustained Oct. 10, 2007, in Baghdad Iraq; and Timothy Barber, 18, McKinney, 4th Class Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, killed in a plane crash Dec. 31, 2016, while home in McKinney on leave.