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« on: March 06, 2012, 09:16:21 PM »

Sad to read these facts. Some gave all!
Subject: The Vietnam Wall
  A little history most people will never know.
> Interesting Veterans Statistics off 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.
> Ken nedy'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.

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