Farmer Veteran Memorial Wall

In Remembrance of America’s Farmer Veterans

This memorial wall was created as a way for the Farmer Veteran Coalition community to honor departed Veterans by supporting the continuation of FVC’s mission in their name. It is our hope that this means of remembrance will allow the closure many seek in their grieving.

To honor a departed Farmer Veteran, please consider making a donation by clicking the button below and selecting ‘Farmer Veteran Memorial Wall’ from the dropdown menu. In the “Optional Comments’ section of the form, please provide us as much of the following information that you have available for your Veteran: name, rank, branch of service, dates of birth and death, and any additional details of 100 characters or less.

Thomas Patrick O’Gorman

U.S. Army Air Forces

December 5, 1915

April 20, 2016

World War II veteran who served in London during The Blitz and returned home to farm in California.

Matthew McCue

U.S. Army

December 12, 1981

November 16, 2023

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Matt was the first Veteran member of FVC. He served in the infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Matt was promoted to sergeant while in Iraq and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal of Valor. After the Army he joined the Peace Corps in Africa and later ran a successful Community Supported Agriculture farm in northern California. He will be remembered for his vibrant personality and willingness to help others.

William “Willy” Hines

U.S. Navy

August 11, 1959

December 28, 2023

Willy Hines, a native of New York City, joined the Navy in 1979. After completing radioman’s school, he became a Navy SEAL assigned to SEAL Team 2 in 1980. He left the service in 1987 and joined the Oregon National Guard, working in photo reconnaissance. He spent the bulk of his post-military career in agricultural field research in Oregon, North Carolina and California. He served as director of operations for FVC and was known for his calm and kind manner, and his willingness to help anyone.

Rodney Wells

U.S. Navy

July 26, 1955

December 8, 2020

Rodney Wells of Rancho de Rodney in Fresno, CA was U.S. Navy Command Master Chief/Chief of Boat. He served from 1973 to 2003 and passed in 2020 from his service related disability.

Lawrence Harvey Christensen

U.S. Army

August 3, 1961

May 24, 2022

In memory of Lawrence “Larry” Harvey Christensen on behalf of Medecision employees.

George Eckerdt

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

March 20, 1917

July 12, 1990

SSG Eckerdt was a gunner on B-17 and B-24 bomber planes stationed in England during WWII. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but would never discuss what he had done to earn it. He was born and grew up on a farm in Eastern Colorado and never forgot how to work hard.

Milo Shobe

Thomas Michael Hite

In honor of my father, COL Stephen F Kramarich OH ANG

Deceased 12/24/2020

In Honor of my father who served in the Korean War

Lawrence "Larry" Harvey Christensen

Richard Wiles

Clifford F. Kepple

U.S. Army

In Honor of the service of Mr. Harry Shovlin of Falls Church, Virginia.

Larry Harvey Christensen

Gordon W. Mason

Captain Sarah Dachos

Troy D. Calder

Sierra Vista, Arizona

In Memory of my two grandfathers, John B. Watkins Sr. and Frank F. Ogden

Both were hard working farmers.

In Honor of Douglas Cowan "Papa" and Betty Potter Chancey