A Little History of the Vietnam Wall

This is another from a friend of my dad’s. I was astonished by all these facts presented, but I did make me grateful for those who served, so I’d like to take a brief moment to thank all those who served America in uniform, especially those who are veterans of the Vietnam War (since the memorial is the subject of this post). God bless you all!

All, please read below. Very solemn information




A Little History Of The Viet Nam Wall

*Interesting Veterans Statistics of 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 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. *

I’ve also sent this to those I KNOW do care very much, and I thank you for
caring as you do.


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