Vietnam Wall Facts

​​    From:  Brian Russ

  Dated:  February 28, 2019

Subject:   History of the Vietnam Wall

I know I have posted this before.  There is now a permanent wall in Punta Gorda, Florida.  It was built with stone quarried from the same site as the wall in DC.  It is half the size of the wall in DC.  It was finished in 2015 on Veterans Day thanks to a small donations from the State of Florida, money raised by local veterans organizations, labor provided by local companies, and private donations.
On March 29th, (Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day),  there will be a small ceremony by Alpha Company of the Vietnam Brotherhood at 1100 hrs.
Brian Russ
    CO of Alpha Co.


August 2016

​​    From:  Bob Peetz

  Dated:  March 1, 2019

Subject:   History of the Vietnam Wall

58,320 names as of May 2018. 
Winds, Bob

    From:  Ken Kalish

  Dated:  February 28, 2019

Subject:   History of the Vietnam Wall

I was 21 the day I left for Viet Nam on May 31st, my birthday, and 23 when I got home.  Even now some of those fights wake me at night, shouting things my wife can’t unscramble, sweating and so deathly cold.  That’s what I remember most about the night patrols -- the insane cold.  We lost guys to pneumonia from their trying to stay warm by huddling under their shelter halves and ponchos as if they might be a blanket.  They would begin to sweat, wake up, toss off the poncho and wind up two days later in sick bay.  We lost more guys to pneumonia, worms, and bugs than to combat. 
If any of you ever saw the goliath beetles, I’m sure you were impressed by their powerful jaws.  They could fly long distances, and twice in one week we had gunners taken out by catching one in the face.  One had imbedded in a man’s cheek, the other in a man’s right eye lids.  It would take a pair of wire dikes to cut off the legs so the victim could get some relief from the bug trying to tear itself free. 
Our oldest boat captain was “Pappy” Barlow at 32.  Most of our crews were made up of guys 18 to 25. 
Ken


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    From:  Jim White

  Dated:  February 28, 2019

Subject:   History of the Vietnam Wall

Mike,

This is available on our website at https://www.afvnvets.us/vietnam-wall-facts.html (above).  Thanks for posting it.

Jim W


The 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 57 years since the first casualty.

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.