Local Soldiers Honored Posthumously

Tim Moehling and Luke DeGroff both died while serving their country. They were killed in separate helicopter crashes more than a year ago.

Now, their names are being etched into the Wall of Honor at the Panama City Garden Club.

Dawn DeGroff is proud of her son and others who sacrifice their lives for their country.

"I find it very honoring for Luke's name to always be remembered and for people to just realize the sacrifice that all the men and women are experiencing over in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Lisa Moehling is the widow of Tim Moehling and says, "It’s wonderful to see the support of the community with this memorial. Not only can I come look at this, but my children can come and see the sacrifice their Dad made for his country and they can bring their grand kids here and see the permanent marker showing Timothy game his life for his country and its a huge loss."

While DeGroff and Moehling didn't know each other, their lives had some common turns. Both were graduates of Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, 13 years apart.

Both died in accidents involving Blackhawk helicopters, DeGroff in Honduras in December of 2002 and Moehling in Kuwait in February of 2003.

Now their names are engraved beside each other in the granite Monument along with other Bay County soldiers killed while serving their country over the years.