McKINNEY (June 5, 2014) — The portraits of five Collin County men who died in the service of our country will be presented for permanent display on Monday, June 9 at 10 a.m. in the main lobby of the Collin County Courthouse, 2100 Bloomdale Rd. in McKinney. The second installment ceremony of the Collin County Fallen Warrior Portrait Project will add to the five original portraits that were presented on Veterans Day 2013. The goal of the project is to put as many faces as possible to the 351 names listed on the "Wall of Honor" at the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney.
The five heroes to be honored are:
1st Lieutenant Roy Edgar Matthews, 25, from Altoga and Westminster. U.S. Army, Company A, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division. Killed in action in World War I at the Battle of St. Mihiel, France, Sept. 14, 1918. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Dallas.
Corporal John L. Stroup, 19, Altoga. U.S. Army Air Corps. Gunner on a B17 bomber. Killed in plane crash while training at MacDill Field, near Sarasota, Fla. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney.
Colonel James "Jabby" Jabara, 43, McKinney. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. Saw first action in WWII and became the world's first Jet Fighter Ace in the Korean War. Killed Jan. 16, 1966, in an auto accident along with his daughter, Carol, while on his way for deployment to Vietnam. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a single grave with his daughter.
Corporal Robert Ray Brown, 20, Frisco. A star athlete in high school, enlisted in the Army in 1966. After serving a tour of duty in Germany, shipped out to Vietnam in 1967, where he served as a Mortarman with the 2nd River Raider Brigade, known as "Mobile Riverines". Killed in action on Oct. 1, 1967, awarded the Bronze Star, and is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Dallas.
2nd Lieutenant Brian Drew Smith, 30, McKinney. U.S. Army, Tank Commander. Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division. An Eagle Scout, a graduate of the University of Texas and Baylor School of Law, chose to leave law practice in McKinney to serve his country. Killed in action July 2, 2004, when shot by a sniper while leading an armored combat patrol near Fallujah, Iraq.
The Collin County Portrait Project is privately funded and sponsored by American Legion "Bill Bryan" Post 110 and Collin County Freedom Fighters. The portraits are created by McKinney artist and US Air Force veteran, Colin Kimball, who donates his time and talents to this historic project.
For more information visit ccfreedomfighters.com.