I think the Vietnam Memorial Wall is something this country got right..But theres a few things you might not now
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall. A
little history most people will never know.
1) 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.
1)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.
2) There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
3) 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
4) 8,283 were just 19 years old.
5) The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
6) 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
7) 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
8) One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
9) 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
10) 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
11) 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
12) Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
13) 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia.I wonder why so many from one school.
14) 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
15) 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
16) Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
17) West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the
nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
18) 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.
19) 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.
20) The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31,1968 ~ 245 deaths.
21) 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.
For these names are just names to some,but they were brothers,sisters,and dads,and moms,they were buddies,friends,and to those who served with them,they were a band of brothers,let no body forget,the sacrifices,these heros made.let no man forget,the cost of the cost of freedom.58,267 brave young americans sacrificed the ultimate sacrifice,,10s of thousands of brave men and women,endured the hell of Vietnam,In the name of freedom.cherish it.defend it.To much was given for what you injoy today.And this was just 1 war. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS,AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.