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#3170664 - 02/20/13 10:50 AM Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics
AndyW
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My utmost respect to all VietNam Veterans, a humble thank you....

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.

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.
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#3170707 - 02/20/13 11:33 AM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: AndyW]
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God bless everyone of them.
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#3170723 - 02/20/13 11:48 AM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: TeamMainStreet]
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Thanks for posting
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#3170770 - 02/20/13 12:24 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Dbllunger]
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Wow!!!! And today we think people that try out for American Idol are heroes.
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#3170798 - 02/20/13 12:55 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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My dad did 3.5 tours and got hit by rocket shrapnel on his last tour. As he told it, "I heard the rocket coming in and then woke up on the ground (he was working on the top of a LOX plant trailer) stumbled back to my hooch and woke up three days later in Japan in the hospital". My dad never would talk about Vietnam much and never could bring himself to visit the Wall. He and I came close once, but he broke down in tears and just could not do it. To all you Vietnam vets out there, you have my utmost respect and heartfelt Thank You. I truly think Agent Orange and bad memories ended up getting my dad in the end, he is terribly missed.
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#3170812 - 02/20/13 01:06 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Unicam]
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Heroes, every single one of them.
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#3170859 - 02/20/13 01:36 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Unicam]
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
My dad did 3.5 tours and got hit by rocket shrapnel on his last tour. As he told it, "I heard the rocket coming in and then woke up on the ground (he was working on the top of a LOX plant trailer) stumbled back to my hooch and woke up three days later in Japan in the hospital". My dad never would talk about Vietnam much and never could bring himself to visit the Wall. He and I came close once, but he broke down in tears and just could not do it. To all you Vietnam vets out there, you have my utmost respect and heartfelt Thank You. I truly think Agent Orange and bad memories ended up getting my dad in the end, he is terribly missed.


God Bless your dad and everyone affected by war.
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#3170863 - 02/20/13 01:40 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
Heroes, every single one of them.


Yep.
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#3170886 - 02/20/13 02:11 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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May God bless the men and women who served it the awful conflict. And may God bless the families of those who lost their lives.
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#3170898 - 02/20/13 02:28 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: WGK]
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Great post
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#3170912 - 02/20/13 02:51 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Barrett]
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#3170999 - 02/20/13 04:31 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: DirtyBear0311]
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If you have never been to the Wall it is well worth the trip.
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#3171205 - 02/20/13 07:29 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: KPH]
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In country March 28th 1969. Promoted to SSG, Bien Hoa, January 1970. DEROS 9/25/70. Kind of creepy, at least to me, how these dates are stuck in my mind. And, yeah, I extended my tour of duty 6 months, I'll spare you the story.

There is a poem, about Marines I think, but nearly every soldier I knew said something very like this:
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and when he gets to heaven,
to saint peter he will tell:
"Just another soldier reporting, sir
I've served my time in hell."
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For Vietnam veterans it was and remains very true.

I cannot visit the Wall. There are people there I know.

I personally thank you for the post.

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#3171308 - 02/20/13 08:50 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: DaveB]
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I can't say how Vietnam combat veterans feel, because almost all of my SEA (SE Asia) time was spent next door at Takhli and Korat Royal Thai Air Force Bases. I only landed and took off from Vietnam a couple times, just passing thru. I worked on, both flight line and field shop) the APN 131 Doppler Radar Navigation System on the F105 aircraft. This bird flew many bombing missions during the war and also was later used for missile suppression. Brave pilots flew this aircraft, when used for suppression, they would go out in pairs and one would literally fly around the missile site while daring the site to turn on their radar. The other one would stand off ready to launch a missile to follow the radar. Lots of long and hot days during my 19 months in Thailand (2 TDYs and 1 PCS. Spent 20 years and 15 days active duty USAF and then another 20 years Civil Service, all Air Force. I do have a lot of respect for those
who actually saw action in country in Vietnam. Recently I looked up the Service Record of a fellow high school friend who was only 1 year behind me. He graduated fm West Point but was killed in Vietnam. When I read "Died in Vietnam" on his record, it hit me hard. I have been to the Wall. Very few dry eyes there. Thanks Ray

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#3171411 - 02/20/13 10:09 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: OldFart]
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Those men squashed communism no matter who says otherwise. Without them and the effort in Korea communism would be widespread....Well done and thank you.
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#3171451 - 02/20/13 10:46 PM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: DirtyBear0311]
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 Originally Posted By: DirtyBear0311
God bless them all


Amen
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#3171482 - 02/21/13 12:46 AM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Rob R.]
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I want to visit the wall some day. I have read and studied a lot about the Vietnam War. There was a period of my life where I was truly fascinated by it. I have the utmost respect for the men who fought that war. God bless them all.
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#3171676 - 02/21/13 08:32 AM Re: Sobering VietNam Memorial Wall Statistics [Re: Vermin93]
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