Kentuckian Wounded in Vietnam has his Name added to Memorial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Vietnamese sniper's bullet didn't kill George Bryant Givens Junior while the Kentucky native was on patrol, but it left him paralyzed below the waist.

Using a wheelchair for nearly three decades, Givens didn't let paralysis keep him from driving, hunting and fishing, or winning the Kentucky archery championship.

But the scar tissue over his torn-up insides developed an inoperable cancer that killed him in 1994 at age 46 -- 28 years after he was shot.

It took his daughter, Kate Martin, two years to prove to the military that his death was related to his service in Vietnam. And this month her father's name was added the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To get her father's name on the wall took a lot of digging for records. Martin did all the work herself, without the help of medical experts.

The 28-year-old Martin says it was an honor her father deserved.

Givens -- who grew up in Robards in western Kentucky -- was one of four soldiers added to the memorial this month.

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