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Happy Memorial Day Weekend
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:59:34 PM »
The Wall

 

A little history most people will never know.

Interesting Veterans Statistics of the Vietnam Memorial Wall

 

There are 58,272 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36+ years since the last casualties.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
 
The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 19682,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

 



 

 

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Re: Happy Memorial Day Weekend
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 09:38:36 PM »
Wow.....

And then there were those that left us after returning from Vietnam because of the experiences they had there,,,,, and the lack of help available to them here at home.   It is hard to loose a friend after they made it home.   So so sad.


What a hurtful war this was.
Hardrock, may his spirit live on in all of us.....

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 03:28:52 AM »
...What a hurtful war this was.

Yes, it was. But really hurt was the blame assessed to the soldier, and not to the politicians actually responsible.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 09:14:08 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 09:55:45 PM »
My post was lost maybe like my plea for our Hero's!
Thank's Fred, Carol, and Old Sarge for your thoughts. It's nice that we welcome our soldiers back from putting their lives before their futures in defending our Country's freedom. But in reality we just (Glad-Hand) them for it. During the Vietnam Conflict as we call it many young men either lost their lives, came back with life ending disabilities, or post war mental scares that prevented them from their ability to re-enter the mainstream as we call it. We as Country let them down. Even since the Persin Gulf, although we welcomed the returning soldiers back , and mourned the people lost, we still didn't help them get back into the mainstream. We never have! We just take a minute to honor their return, and move on leaving them to deal with the scares of what they have Sean. We don't get it! As a people and as a Government, as to what it takes to really salute these soldiers who have given a piece of their lives for our freedom. Nothing has changed since Vietnam except they are welcomed back for a moment. The day after we forget them, and their families. It's still the same old thing decades later. Our people will have their first of summer celebrations with family and think about the days to come but what about the people who gave us this opportunity, what are we doing for them NOTHING!
Celebrate this Holiday by helping them for what they have done in what ever way you can!

Lucky to be alive, with no disabilities, able to re-enter the mainstream, and live a good life, but still bitter for my brothers that weren't so lucky, and those that have served since.

It's time to wake up and see the lite.

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2013, 07:18:45 AM »
the 'dignity wall' (the traveling vietnam memorial) was reasonbly close by this weekend.....   very moving.   i found myself being surprised at how big it is.. how many names are on it.....







Hardrock, may his spirit live on in all of us.....

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Re: Happy Memorial Day Weekend
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2013, 09:02:40 AM »
Never forget

Those who have served and died in the cause of Freedom

Thank you

For your service, your selflessness, your sacrifice


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Re: Happy Memorial Day Weekend
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2013, 02:05:02 PM »
Lucky you, LHR!

I smiled to myself as a bald eagle swooped over 395 by Hot Creek today. First one of the season for me, and nice that it was today!

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My Dad in center with friends


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