Errold Rufus Farrar

Army of the United States
09 July 1947 - 23 December 1969
Mattydale, New York
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Errold Rufus Farrar

27 May 2006

Thornton-Farrar AMVETS Post 729 in North Syracuse, New York, is named in part for this young hero.

From a friend,
James Thornton

02 Jun 2006

Errold Farrar was a fun and laughing son. He put my car up high by using build-ups under the front part and if he couldn't use the car he would take the riding lawn mower down to the gas station making believe it was a car to ride around.

He sold newspapers, delivered to homes early in the morning. One morning he didn't come home. We found him lying on the ground having a severe appendix attack.

He was a Boy Scout and played in the Central Square, New York, band. He blew Taps for the American Legion for funerals while in high school. After graduation he said "I would like to go in the Army". When 20 he enlisted. I remember taking him down. On the way I told him "You are my only son. I live alone with your sister. I need you." He said "Mom, I really want to go" so I didn't want to stop something he really believed in. So he became a Green Beret. His first visit home I cried when he arrived as his red hair was shaved off and it gave me a message of what was to come.

Before he left he said "Mom, do you have a cemetery lot?" My eyes filled with tears as I said don't talk about that. He told me he wanted to be in Arlington Cemetery and that is where he is buried.

I miss him as he came home at night and would call "Mom, I am home." Those days are gone, only memories. What a short life. Two months after he was in Vietnam I saw a soldier in uniform coming to the door. One of the worst things to hear - "I am sorry to inform you your son was killed in action."

That is why we have an organization called Gold Star Mothers. There are so many of us. God bless all who are gone and those remaining.

Errold's Mother,
Mary C. Burgen
400 Sandra Lane, North Syracuse, N Y 13212

27 Jun 2006

In honor of every name and those missing on this memorial: may God bless each and every one of you and your families. Hats off to the Gold Star moms who lost a son or daughter and continue to let their souls live on!

From a friend of the family,
Kathleen Papineau

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his mother,
Mary C. Burgen
400 Sandra Lane, North Syracuse, N Y 13212

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2006
Last updated 11/07/2007