The Wall

Tom Vietnam

I served in Vietnam from March 8th 1967 to March 7th 1968. This is to honor those who are listed on the wall. http://thewall-usa.com/names.asp

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

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.  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 AZ- 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. In a span of 16 days in late 1967, all three would be killed.

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. Weare, 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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3 Responses to The Wall

  1. Larry Leahy says:

    Such a tragic loss. Attending a Catholic Prep School, it was expected that all would go on to college. However Guy Farinaro enlisted after graduation and was killed the following year in Vietnam as well ae Bob Scmidt one of my elementary school classmates. His picture was one of the many on the Newsweek cover in June 1968. Also Ernie Rose one of my college teammates who left Tennessee with a perfect 0.00 GPA, enlisted and was killed in action in 1968. My high school has an annual Gold Star Mass in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We should never forget their sacrifice.

    On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 11:28 AM, The Boyd and Nicholas Blog wrote:

    > Boyd & Nicholas posted: ” I served in Vietnam from March 8th 1967 to March > 7th 1968. This is to honor those who are listed on the wall. > http://thewall-usa.com/names.asp There are 58,267 names now listed on > that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The firs” >

  2. Mike Randesi says:

    I was there about the same time, April 1967 to April 1968 I think because I spent my last year in Germany and got out in May of 1969. Knew a couple of guys from High School and College that were killed there.

  3. Norm Dreyer says:

    God bless you all and all who served in that terrible war. Timing was on my side as the war was ending when I graduated from HS. Still have my draft card though!

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