By Bill Robinson
Eastern Kentucky University added the name of Kenton Moberly to its alumni veterans memorial Saturday as cadets of The Colonel’s Battlion stood at attention.
Moberly, a Madison County native, Vietnam veteran and former member of the battalion, graduated from EKU in 1965, earning a second lieutenant’s commission through ROTC as well as a teaching cerificate.
Eighteen months after he graduated, Moberly was serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal. However, he also was exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange which he believed may have led to his untimely death from cancer in 1999, said the Rev. Robert Vickers, a lifelong friend and fellow student of Moberly’s.
Vickers, now interim associate pastor of Richmond’s First Christian Church, is a retired Army chaplain and eulogized Moberly at the ceremony.
Moberly had been a star athlete at the former Madison High School, where he played for coach Roy Kidd, who later became a living legend at EKU.
Moberly was a math major who excelled in the classroom, in ROTC and extracurricular activities, always demonstrating superior leadership skills, Vickers said.
The former chaplain said Moberly introduced him to his future wife when they were EKU students, Vickers continued. She later introduced Moberly to his future wife, and Vickers officiated at their wedding in 1969.
Moberly’s dedication to his country and the Army led him to decline an attractive job offer from a civilian contractor with which he worked.
In retirement, Moberly became a master woodworker whose work was recognized by Kentucky’s craft marketing program.
At the ceremony’s conclusion, Moberly’s widow Marilyn and daughter Heather removed a covering from a granite panel in Veterans Memorial Plaza to reveal his name.
Flags for each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces fly in the plaza between the Meditation Chapel and the Wallace Building.
Alumni veterans, many of whom marched onto Hanger Field, were honored at halftime of EKU’s football game with UT-Martin.