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The Vietnam Memorial Wall

A Little history most people will never know. Interesting Veterans Statistics about the Vietnam Memorial Wall:

In 2011 there were 58,267 names listed on that polished black wall. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized.

The first know casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8th, 1956.
His name is listed on the Wall with that od his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept 7th, 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. 6 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. 1448 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! Eight women are on the Wall that was killed while nursing the wounded! 24 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during 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 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 little Arizona copper town of Morenci (po. 5,058) had ever know and cheered. In quieter moments , they rode horse along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in Apache National Forest. And in that patriotic camaraderie typical of Morencis mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High School enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps  Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home. The Buddies of Midvale: Leroy Tafoy, 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 a few yard apart. They played ball in the adjacent sandlot ball field. And all went to Vietnam . In a span od 16 dark days in late 1967, all would be killed on Wednesday' Nov. 22, the forth 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 of a single day wer on January 31, 1968 - 254  deaths. The most deaths of a single month were May 1968 - 2,415 causalities 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 thosr who did not,we see faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are until we pass away, haunted with these numbers, because the were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters, bothers and sisters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.


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