Kirklin American Legion Honors Local Fallen Hero In Mural

Kirklin American Legion Post 310 has a new mural on the side of its building and is catching the eye with positive reviews from many locals and visitors in town.

The mural was done by Artist Leah Kallner with help from Scott Kallner. The finishing touch of phase 1 was done in time for the Annual Rabbit Supper for Veterans Day. The last piece was the name tag on the unknown solider. The name tag reads THARP and here is why.

A young man of Kirklin by the name of Paul Arnold Tharp Born April 15th 1950, born to James William Tharp & Maddie Estelle Hughes Tharp enlisted and was called to duty Feb 2nd 1970 during the Vietnam era.

Corporal Paul Tharp is remembered by family and friends and has a brother Burl Tharp living in Kirklin.

SERVICE OVERVIEW
NAME PAUL ARNOLD THARP
FROM CLINTON COUNTY, INDIANA
BORN APRIL 15,1950
DEATH JULY 1st 1970
RANK CORPORAL
BRANCH US ARMY SPECIALTY: MILITARY POLICEMAN
GROUP: 18th MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE 93rd MILITARY POLICE BATTALION, 16th MP GROUP, 66th MP COMPANY

CAUSE: KILLED IN ACTION

LOCATION: SOUTH VIETNAM, KONTUM PROVINCE

AWARDED : PURPLE HEART

Paul is honored also on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 09W,Line 109.

COMMENDATIONS
PURPLE HEART
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
ARMY PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
VIETMAN GALLENTRY CROSS
ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL.

HONORS AND SOME INFORMATION CITED BY HonorStates.org
Corporal Tharp was laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery Kirkin, Indiana.

The Kirklin American Legion will be having a fundraiser in the near future to be able to finish phase 2 of the mural.

CORPORAL PAUL THARP
PHOTO BY PATTY
ARTIST LEAH KALLNER
SCOTT KALLNER HELPED LEAH WITH MURAL
KIRKLIN AMERICAN LEGION LADIES AUX.

 

2 Comments

  1. Ms. Kallner’s talent and hard work is impressive. It’s a lovely piece. Here’s hoping to see more of her work in the county and elsewhere!

  2. Great job Leah & Scott! Nice tribute to “Our True American Heroes”. Thank you Cpl. Tharp and all Veterans for your unselfish sacrifices.

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