Facts About The Wall

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    Some interesting and sobering items about the Vietnam Wall.

    "Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a
    continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a
    national treasure that we call the American dream."
    Something to think about: Most of the surviving parents of
    the dead are now deceased themselves.
    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.

    The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old 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 scheduled day in
    Vietnam.

    31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

    Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

    54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School
    in Philadelphia.... 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
    Theyall 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 many 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, wife's, sons and daughters.

    There are no noble wars, just noble warriors... "That we
    never forget"!!

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