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    The Wall

    This is rather long but these facts are being forgotten due to the other wars this country has been led into. At the rate we are going, there will be many more memorials to our servicemen who have already died and to the many who are doomed to die due to the lack of judgement by the current administration. Is that the "change" that was promised a few years ago?

    The Wall

    A little history most people will never know.

    Interesting Veterans Statistics off
    the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

    There are 58,267 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 57 years since the first casualty.

    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

    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

    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

    The most casualty deaths for a
    single month was May 1968 - 2,415 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

    Please pass this on to those who
    served during this time, and those who DO

    I've also sent this to those I KNOW
    do care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

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    I have friends listed on that wall, friends from childhood and high school, a memorial to pawns, or more accurately victims in political posturing and the military-industrial complex corruption that Eisenhower warned us about in 1961, and it effing pisses me off. And for what, to retreat in defeat on the evening news, the first war the US got their ass kicked in? My bad, it was never a declared war... just a political action that took the lives of 50,000+ of my generation and effed-up many many more.

    There was never a threat to the US, our borders were secure, and the great "communist horde" was not about to invade our shores. None of these men died defending this country.

    OBTW, I served in the US Navy from 1965 to 1969
    “Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
    But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg

  4. None of which diminishes their sacrifice or honor. They were caught up in something bigger than any of them and I honor their memory.

    Proud father of 3 upright citizens.
    Lucky husband of the world's most wonderful woman.
    US Navy SubVet.

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