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The EC-47 Memorial Plaza


The San Angelo Heritage Chapter of the Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA), supported by a grant from the San Antonio-based national board of directors, sponsored the creation of an EC-47 Memorial Plaza as shown in the rendering above by San Angelo architect Henry Schmidt. Goodfellow AFB officials accepted the Heritage Chapter design and gift of nearly 1,000 pavers on June 24, 2019.

Initial plans were to dedicate the EC-47 Memorial Plaza and an estimated 250 engraved bronze plates during a national Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony scheduled at the aircraft display on March 27, 2020. However, the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic with extensive travel bans and community "lockdown" restrictions caused both the construction of the plaza and the dedication ceremony to be postponed indefinitely. Dedicated Goodfellow AFB Civil Engineers and San Angelo contractors did complete the plaza construction and placement of the pavers during early April 2020. Plans are being considered for rescheduling the finished bronze plate installations and dedication during a ceremony in late 2020.  

The following pages contain photographs of finished engraved bronze plates taken in a studio setting. Each bronze plate is numbered to correspond with its final placement location in the plaza design. There are separate galleries and numbering sequences for the 4x8 and 8x8 paver bronzes. Click on the individual paver icons below to link to the respective gallery. 


Gallery 4x8 Paver w/inscriptions


Gallery 8x8 Paver w/inscriptions


The EC-47 Memorial Plaza was constructed starting on March 30, 2020. Photos below were taken by JJ Graham, president of the Heritage Chapter-Freedom Through Vigilance Association. The paver installation is complete except for the placement of the black silhouette boot prints and the overall paver sealer coating. Individual engraved bronze plates will be affixed in the paver indentions with commercial adhesive in preparation for annual dedication ceremonies.