LET’S NOT FORGET

LET’S NOT FORGET ……………

Vietnam
Memorial (“The Wall:” WASHINGTON, D.C.)
*A little history most people will never know. *

*When the black polished marble gets wet in the
rain, the names disappear, but as the stone dries, they begin to reappear as if
being “reborn!”

*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 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. *

*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. *

Additional info:
Most of the surviving Parents are now deceased.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall,
appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E – May 25, 1968), then resuming
at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W –
continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war’s
beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by
the earth that bounds the angle’s open side and contained within the earth
itself.

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