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Remembering Vietnam.

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Shooting Jack, Feb 10, 2012.

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

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    AND VIETNAM WAS THE FORGOTTEN WAR! ALL OF US KNOWA SOMEONE WHO DIED IN THAT WAS! IT JUST BREAKS YOUR HEART FOR ALL OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO GIVE THEIR ALL FOR THIS COUNTRY AND GET SO LITTLE REWARD FROM US!


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    HERE IS A PART OF History most people will never know.


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    > Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall


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    > There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including

    those added in 2010.


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    > 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.


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    > 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.


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


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    > 39,996 on the Wall were


    > just 22 or younger.


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    > 8,283 were just 19 years old.




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


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    > 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.


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    > 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.


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    > One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.


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


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


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    > 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.


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    > Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.


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    > 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why


    so many from one school.


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    > 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.


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    > 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of


    them are on the Wall.


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    > Beallsville,


    > Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.


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    > West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There

    are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.


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    > 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.


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    > 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.


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

    deaths.


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

    were incurred.




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

    Care.
     
  2. Snowjet

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    Great Post!!! Glad I was born in America, and proud to have served for our great country 65-69. God Bless all our troops. We pray for Them.
    Bob
     
  3. Snowjet

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    Great Post!!! Glad I was born in America, and proud to have served for our great country 65-69. God Bless all our troops. We pray for Them.
    Bob
     
  4. Juantoomany

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    I was 18....in 68....I was 20 when I came home...been to the wall only once...
     
  5. ctreay

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    Great post, my wifes cousins name is on the wall. Thanks for posting.

    ctreay, U.S. Navy SEABEES 1954-1962
     
  6. michael101

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    Had my 21st birthday over there, been to the wall one time, saw some friends names on it.Miss them all, God bless them, and thanks for a great post.
    Mike
     
  7. Bill Roberts

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    Wounded in action on Dec 3rd 1967!
    "Big Red one"
    67-68
    Glad to have made it home!
    God Bless all!

    Bill
     
  8. Old Cowboy

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    Wounded in action on May 17th 1968, 17th Assault Helecopter Company attached to the 101st Abn Div, "Camp Eagle".

    John
     
  9. VietVet

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    Never visited The Wall--don't know if i could stand it. When I came home, and heard what 'losers' we were, not to mention drug addicts, criminals and rapists, just withdrew into myself and tried to forget--35 years later started to 'come out', and now am very militant about our service. (I think WW II vets were the worst offenders!) Hell yeah I am proud of having served in RVN!

    As the VVA says, never again will one generation of veterans abandon another!

    To all those who served in Iran, Afghanistan, and any other sh%thole place we sent them, Welcome Home! and Well Done.

    John
     
  10. gotbass

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    Served 66-70. Thanks to each of you who served and to your parents, spouses and children for all you each has done. Never forget.
     
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    Served 68-70 in The Big Red One and the 3rd of the 9th. VietNam and Cambodia. Thank you to all Veterans.

    Gary
     
  12. dshot

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    Thanks for the post serviced 65-68 U,S, Army
     
  13. blade819

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    Drafted in 1966 at 19. Got out in 1968 and it seemed 32. Now experincing Agent Orange conditions. Vets, get your free AO checkups! Thanks to all who did and are serving. Remeber those who are no longer with us.

    blade819
     
  14. HSLDS

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    Too young for this one - missed the end of the draft by about 4 months.

    As a young, naive high school student I thought 'playing solder' and using real guns would have been cool. Then I saw the horror and pain - The Hanoi HIlton brought out how in-humane the North Vietnamese truly were.

    I recall my growing outrage at Jane Fonda, the name calling, and spitting upon our solders on their return.

    Thank each and everyone of you for your service and your sacrifice. May your dreams be free of the nightmares you lived through.
     
  15. firedawg

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    shooting jack thank you for posting this.

    Father Judge Roman Cathlic high school in phila. pa. has the singular distinction of having the largest number of graduates of any non-public schools
    in the nation who lost their lives in service to their country during the
    VIETNAM WAR.

    "27" young men gave their lives. "27"

    welcome home and God bless all who served

    john usmc nam 66&67
     
  16. chipking

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    Served 2 tours as a Marine in Viet Nam (at 20 on my first tour I was the "old man" even then)and I have friends on the wall. Even though I only live 50 miles south I can not bring myself to go. But all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see each and every one. God Bless

    --- Chip King ---
     
  17. blade819

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    Thanks Brothers!

    blade819
     
  18. noknock1

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    My dad brought home pics he took that were on slides. Last year, I took them to a camera shop and had them cleaned up and turned into digital media. He was in artillery for his one year near Phuc Phin. He doesn't say a lot about it, other than extreme frustration, even to this day after 50 years ago....
     
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    One more...
     
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    I feel so lucky that I got to come home.
     
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