Whitesburg KY

Troy Cornett dies at 82

Troy Cornett, 82, of Richmond, died July 15.

Born in Linefork, he was a son of the late Henry T. and Cassie Campbell Cornett.

Mr. Cornett retired from the U.S. Army as a command sergeant major in 1984 with 26 years of service. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in four campaigns as part of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd (Americal) division. He also served in Berlin, Germany as part of the Allied occupation forces before and during the construction of the Berlin Wall.

In addition, he served in the Korean theater and in the Honduras Sentry Eagle operation. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and other ribbons, awards and commendations.

After retiring from the Army, Mr. Cornett worked at Eastern Kentucky University until retiring again in the late 1990s. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and walking.

Surviving are a son, Sean Troy Cornett and wife Vonda of Nicholasville; a daughter, Nicole Ritchie and husband Eric of Lexington; and four grandchildren, Jackson Troy Cornett, Georgia G. Cornett, Jude T. Cornett and Cameron E. Ritchie.

Funeral services were held July 20 at Oldham.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Boonesboro Post #7098, P.O. Box 445, Richmond, KY 40476.

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