As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Those of you who attended the Memorial Day services at the bridge in Elk City were blessed with, not only the traditional activities, but to witness two more veterans being honored with Quilts of Valor (made by the Sew Help Me Quilters Club). The two recipients this year were Marvin Forsman and Malcolm Layman.
Marvin B. Forsman served in the U. S. Army as a Corporal, E-4 in the Third Armored Division, 14th Armored Calvary, and Headquarters Troop in Germany during the Berlin Crisis from 1960 to 1963. He was honorably discharged and received the Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Rifle Medal and other medals and citations.
After returning from service he lived about one year, 1964, in Elk City, moved away but, soon afterwards, married, he and Connie moved back to Elk City in 1967. He worked off and on for Harley Hammond Logging until 1969. He and Connie started building their Elk City cabin in 1991 and lived here logging and later managing the V.F.W until 2014. Due to health reasons, he moved in 2014 to Lewiston, closer to family and medical care.
Malcolm H. Layman served in the Army as an E-5 sergeant in the 101st Airborne, First Brigade, in Vietnam. He served two tours there from April 1966 to November 1968. Malcolm was a forward observer for the artillery assigned to the infantry. He was honorably discharged Oct. 6, 1969, and was awarded the Bronze Service Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal including a Silver Service Star and a Bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Parachute Badge and the Expert Rifle Medal.
He bought property in the area in 1972 and moved to Elk City in 1974. He worked at the saw mill and in the woods but is now happily retired. Malcolm and his wife, Debbie, who taught school in Elk City for 38 years, raised their family here. He says, “I have three great kids and two great grandkids!”
Thanks for your service, Marvin and Malcolm!