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  • How many Vietnam vets are out there? Or your Dad or Mom? Do you even care? What about vets of the sandbox?

    How many Vietnam vets are out there? Or your Dad or Mom? Do you even care? What about vets of the sandbox?

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    The Wall on the Mall

    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 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 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 warriors.

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

    God bless America and may He steer us out of these perilous times.

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    • #3
      no vets of veitnam in my family, nobody of age during the time. had a grandfather that served in the pacific theater during WWII, had a member in WWI, a great great great grandfather in the civil war on the union side (actually have his obituary, he was involved in all sorts of big civil war engagements such as gettysburg and fredericksburg. somewhere during the war he lost a leg). my first ancestor to ever set foot on US soil was a hessian drummer boy who at 12 years old came over during the revolutionary war, he was involved in the battle of trenton (for those of you who dont know it was washingtons crossed the delaware river on christmas night and attacked the hessian garrison on the morning of Dec 26). my ancestor, i forgot his first name, but his last name was Knoble, was one of the lucky 500 hessians who escaped. at some point during his escape he happened upon a german family living here in the states, and they took him in. and thats the story of how part of me got here.

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      • #4
        Thank you for sharing every bit this. My uncle served in Vietnam, he arrived in the spring of '68 and came home about a year later.Where I work, we still have 3 Vietnam vets, with very many now retired. I was very young (DOB 1961), but I remember the war well. We lived near a large college where anti-war riots were common. The protesters almost over-turned a car with my mother,little sister and aunt inside. My mother flashed a peace sign while crying, and the hippies told her ''F- you lady.'' Thank God for the Buffalo Police who cleared a path. The Buffalo cops were told to stay off campus by NY state, and then later when they were asked to assist, they were told ( which they ignored) to go un-armed. My football coach/teacher/neighbor (a WW2 Marine) had to put up with all those riots while grieving his soldier son (killed 1968). Our neighborhood had a lot of boys in 'nam, while the college campus in the same 'hood was flying the Viet Cong flag from the dorm windows. To this day, I can't understand why we (America)allowed our returning service men to be harassed and abused by these creeps. Thank you again, WA.

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        • #5
          I was Vietnam era but by agreeing to an extra year enlistment managed to go to Korea instead. Turns out the war was over anyway by the time I finished AIT. I put in three months as a general's bodyguard in the DMZ. Only worked three days but was on call 24/7. Finally had enough of that. Nothing to do but sit around drinking all the time. Not good! So I transferred to Seoul for the rest of my tour. No combat pay there but it got me to work and out of the bottle. At least I had the good sense to know my health was more important than money.

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          • #6
            Vietnam era, went in 1967 and became a medic. Assigned to a Air Transportable Hospital D-119, and flew medivac flights. Rotated back and spent last year at SAC Hq.Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

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            • #7
              Don't have any family members involved in any recent wars, but have always had a deep respect for the military. If I weren't heading in the direction I am, I would be headed for the Army.
              I want to say a big Thank You to those that serve to protect all countries that uphold justice and liberty.

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              • #8
                My father was a Bosun's Mate on the USS Ranger from 1962 until 1966. His ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for dropping the most tons of bombs on the enemy (I suppose until that time)while deployed off the coast of Viet Nam. I am an Army veteran of the Gulf War.

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                • #9
                  WAM thank you for your service and sharing this. I have Multiple tours under my belt and continue to participate everyday. I will never forget the ones that I have lost, but for many Americans it is usally just a name and another town that they have never heard of. God Bless.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for sharing this WAM. Very humbling.

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                    • #11
                      WAM,
                      Of course I care.
                      No immediate family involved in Vietnam but several of my closest friends were in country.
                      Thank you for the reminder.

                      To all veterans, thank you.

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                      • #12
                        My oldest Brother Rich flew helicopters in Vietnam. He flew down a couple feet above a rice paddy to pick up some American Soldiers that were being shot at by the Viet Cong. While flying back to base camp one of the soldier yelled out my Brother's name. They were both high school classmates. Small world.

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                        • #13
                          I'm a Vietnam vet. Was in the 179th aviation Company in Pleiku from 69-70. Thanks Wam for the information about the Wall, I have been to it a number of times. My dad was in WWII and my son just retired form the Army with 20 years in. My grandfather was wounded during the Boxer Rebellion and a great great great great grandfather wounded during the Revolutionary War. Just a little history.

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                          • #14
                            My grandfather is one of what was 13 brothers and sisters. He and 4 of his brothers served in WWII. All five were in combat, all five returned home. My grandfather was in the plotting, planning and bombing of Monte Casino while in the Army Air Corp. Two of his brothers were wounded in combat but survived. Three cousins of my parents generation, served in Vietnam, one was wounded, all three came home. I lost a cousin in Iraq. (on a side note, of the 13 brothers and sisters, 10 are still alive. They range in ages of 82 to 95. There is alot of maritime, world, and war history between them. 4 of the 5 WWII vets are still with us.) I care, and I thank those who have served and are currently serving...

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                            • #15
                              Gary- similar story, during a mail call in Northern Italy my grandfather (Air Corp) heard his brothers name called out (Army Infantry) they had the opportunity for a quick hello before big shipped off in opposite directions.

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