Freedom Is Not Free

THOSE WHO SERVED TO PERSERVE OUR FREEDOM

SOME GAVE IT ALL

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 THE 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.

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.

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. The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old 3,103 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 Vietnan. 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall. Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons. 54 soldiers on the Wall 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. That's 2,415 dead in a single month.

 

To see the names and information about those brave soldiers that gave their lives in the defense of our country go to this link below.

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS

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Mary Davis - Air Force

United States Air Force

1969 - 1997 Major

Emergency Room Nurse

mary.chandler63@yahoo.com

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Penny Mudd - Navy

United States Navy

3rd Class - Data Processing - Washington DC

Viet Nam Vet

 

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Nancy Collins - Air Force

United States Air Force

Captain 

nancyedrn@yahoo.com

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Robert Bartlett - US Marines

United States Marines

1969-1974 E-5 Sgt.

Photo Recon 2nd Marine Air Wing

kconstru@sbcglobal.net

 

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WL Pate - US Army Reserves

United States Army Reserves 1967-1994

Enlisted service Private E1- Sergeant E5

Officers Canidate School (Infantry) Ft. Benning GA. - Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 1969

Branch Qualified in Infantry, Artillery and Transportation (Prefix 5) (Nuclear-Biological and Chemical)

Graduated as Captain from Command and General Staff College 1975

Instructor for Command and General Staff (C&GS)

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1987

Retired in 1994 as Lieutenant Colonel

 

wlpate@pateresourcesgroup.com

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Ottie Walker - Army

United States Army

Specialist E-5

Viet Nam Vet 1967-1968 Long Bien

OWALKER1@gt.rr.com

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David Fritsche

United States Army Reserves

Sargent E-5

 

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Lynn Sample - Air Force

United States Air Force

Captain

beancounter20032002@yahoo.com

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Joe Connors - Army

United States Army 1968 - 1977

Staff Sergeant E-6

connorsj@gt.rr.com 

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Joe Venable - Marines

United States Marines Corps 1967-1994

Master Gunnery Sergeant E-9

Viet Nam Vet 1970-1971 Combined Action Platoon

Gulf War Vet 1990-1991 Fire Support Coordination Chief

Somalia Vet 1992-1993 Operation Restore Hope Mogadishu

 

                                                                 joe.venable67@gmail.com

 

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Bobby Summers - Air Force

United States Air Force

Senior Airman E-4

Viet Nam Vet

Died at age 39 as a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam

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Jack Gilbert - Navy

United States Navy

 Captain 0-6

Viet Nam Vet

Iraq War Vet 2005

Submarine Qualified

hawkbill66644@yahoo.com

 

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Terry Wilcox - Marines

United States Marines

Viet Nam Vet

twilcox@gt.rr.com

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Doyle Bradberry - Air Force

United States Air Force Cadet Class of '71

dhbradberry@satx.rr.com

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David Stephens - Navy

United States Navy

Petty Officer

dste7772@yahoo.com

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Ken Carver - Army Reserves

United States Army Reserves

kencarver@gmail.com

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Ron Stephens - Marine Reserves

United States Marine Reserves

Sergeant E-5

1970 -1976

ronstephens47@att.net

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Cliff Yancey- Army Reserves

United States Army Reserves

Texas National Guard

Louisiana National Guard

Sergeant E-5

cliff16@cox.net

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Larry Wilkerson - Army

United States Army

Specialist E-4

Viet Nam Veteran

Killed In Action 1967

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Allen Ozment - Marines

 United States Marines

Sergeant E-5

Viet Nam Vet

2 Purple Hearts

oztexhou123@sbcglobal.net

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Ronnie Bean - Navy

United States Navy

Rank E-4

Viet Nam Vet - 1968-1969 Mekong Delta

porknbean48@yahoo.com

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George Farrar - Navy

United States Navy

Rank E-4

Viet Nam Vet

geofarrar@gt.rr.com

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Michael Amy - Air Force

United States Air Force

mramy@att.net

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Everett Denmon - Army

United States Army

Specialist E-4

Viet Nam Vet

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Robbie Harvey - Army

United States Army

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Wayne Segree - Army

United States Army

 

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Kendel Gatch - US Navy Retired

United States Navy

E-6 Retired

1965 - 1985

shagatch@gmail.com

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Michael Ward - Army

United States Army

Sergeant E-5

Viet Nam Vet

Died as the result of injuries received in Viet Nam

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Otis Fisher - Army

United States Army

 Viet Nam Vet

fishermk@hotmail.com

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Charles McSpadden - Army National Guard

United States Army National Guard - 1971-1977

 Staff Sergeant E-6

ckmcspadden@att.net

 

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David Watson - Army

United States Army

Rank E-5

Viet Nam Vet

dakrdywat@yahoo.com

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Larry Keith - Army

United States Army

Sergeant E-5

Viet Nam Vet 1968-1969

lktsaff@aol.com

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Cecil Ozment - Army

FHS Class of '68

United States Army

Specialist E-4

Viet Nam Vet

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Paul Arceneaux

United States Navy

Petty Officer E5

USS Ranger 1966 - 1970

 

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Wayne Ford - Army

FHS Class of '67

United States Army

Viet Nam Vet

kford3@gt.rr.com

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Jerry Ozment - Army

FHS Class of '69

United States Army

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Daniel Hebert

United States Army

Viet Nam Vet

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