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True Patriots

John Wayne Geffries
USMC Sgt. John Wayne Jeffries, 69, poses for a photo with a memorial collage display of those he served and fought with in Vietnam. The display was created by Jeffries to honorthe men he calls “True Patriots.” Photo by Tamas Mondovics

By Tamas Mondovics

To keep the memories alive and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, USMC Sgt. John Wayne Jeffries, 69, created a photo collage display of those he calls, True Patriots.With the assistance of Final Touch Picture Frames, the display includes the photos of Jeffries’ friends and relatives who have served from and fought from the Guadalcanal of the of the Solomon Islands, to Saipan, Korea, and Vietnam.

“These men would not tell you they have received every medal from the navy Cross to Silver Stars, Combat Vs and A Battle Stars,” Jeffries said. “Some came home with as many as three Purple Hearts.”

Jeffries emphasized that the men in the collage are much more than just some who gave the ultimate sacrifice when he added, “They represent everything that this country stands for when it comes to patriotism.”

Jeffries said that the display of his new collage memorial will be hanging in his living room as he considers himself “one of the luckiest guys in the world just to have met and to have the privilege to know these Americans.”