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But the 15 year old CPL. where did he come from?

Vietnam Veteran Statistics:

          A little history most people will never know.

          Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

          "Carved on these walls is the story of America , of a

continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect

a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~President

George Bush

          SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents

are now Deceased.

          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


          ·        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


          ·        54 soldiers on 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


          ·        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

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Very interesting!
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  SAD times they were and still are for too many.
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In a strange way, I feel like I'm living the late 60s and early 70s all over again.
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