CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Dozens of community leaders gathered on Saturday to honor the memory of one of Guernsey County's most decorated fallen veterans.
A stone bench memorializing Carl Ross Harbin Jr., an Army Special Forces medic killed during the Vietnam War, was dedicated during a ceremony at the point of Highland and Wheeling Avenues, in front of the Cambridge Municipal Court building, on Saturday morning. The ceremony included music by the Cambridge City Band, a 21-gun salute, and words from Harbin's family and local officials.
Brian Harbin, Carl Harbin's nephew and a Cambridge Police detective, said that his family feels honored and grateful for the memorial:
Judge David A. Ellwood and fellow members of the Cambridge High School Class of 1961 have worked for several years on the project to honor Harbin. Judge Ellwood described the circumstances under which Harbin's commanding officer discovered his remains:
Harbin was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for Valor, Purple Heart Medal and Distinguished Service Medal from the Republic of Vietnam. Harbin's image, and the images of his many awards, are etched onto the stone bench.