"Pless and Jackson Medal of Honor Sculpture"
Life size bronze sculptures representing Major Stephen W. Pless, USMC, MOH and Lt. Col. Joe M. Jackson, USAF, MOH. Dedicated Nov 11, 2009, Veterans Memorial Park, Newnan, Georgia.
Sculptors: Mark Austin Byrd and Jenelle Armstrong Byrd
Stephen Pless and Joe M. Jackson were both from Newnan, Georgia and ironically they both received their MOH's for similiar acts of valor - they each landed their aircraft on enemy controlled sites and they each rescued three Americans trapped at these sites. By chance their Medal of Honors were presented in the same ceremony at the White House as Lyndon Johnson's last official act as President of the United States.
A few days after the award ceremony both men returned to Newnan for a welcome home parade attended by thousands including many Scouts who marched in the parade. Our sculpture represents Pless and Jackson on that occasion interacting with a group of spell bound children - serving as role models for the youth of America.
............Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor