Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor


Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor (doc, 14min) by Jackie Wright –Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, The Wright siblings honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. (who died as an honor guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara early in the Vietnam War) and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death.

Within a year, the ceremony in Arlington, ultimately led the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father, ‘The Shannon Wright Compound,’ an honor they had no knowledge of growing up in the shadows of Fort Benning, Ga. The trip to Vietnam found them on the land where the 114th Aviation Company had served and they connected with the family of Vietnamese photographer who had made the last wedding anniversary gifts of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. for his beloved ‘Ouida, the Love of My Life’ on their eleventh wedding anniversary.