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    Vietnam wall...things you never knew

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    >>>> A little history most people will never know.
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    >>>> Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
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    >>>> There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
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    >>>> 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.
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    >>>> 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.
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    >>>> There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
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    >>>> 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
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    >>>> 8,283 were just 19 years old.
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    >>>> The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
    >>>> 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
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    >>>> 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
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    >>>> One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
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    >>>> 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
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    >>>> 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
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    >>>> 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
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    >>>> Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
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    >>>> 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.
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    >>>> 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
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    >>>> 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
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    >>>> Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
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    >>>> West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
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    >>>> The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football an d 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.
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    >>>> 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 Th anksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
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    >>>> The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
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    >>>> The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
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    >>>> 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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    >>>> Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.
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    >>>> I've also sent this to those I KNOW do care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

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    Interesting read.
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    I consider myself one of the lucky ones. For my fallen comrades and the ones who have suffered since being home thanks to the effects of agent orange.
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    Thank you. Nice read.

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    Thank you for the read sir.
    most of my elder family members were in the war.
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    God Bless America and all of us who protected it and to all who is protecting it now!!!And pray for the fallen.

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    In DC on vacation now and visited the wall the other day.

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    Thanks for serving. That's a lot to take in. I went to the Arizona memorial when I was in Hawaii and have always wanted to visit the Vietnam memorial. Thanks also for posting.
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    I've been there and it's an awesome site. Seeing all the names brings it more into perspective. I also learned in class that Maya Lin designed it.

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    there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of the chit hole.
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    Very interesting. I only have one high school friend's name on the wall but several others who's lives were shattered by that war. One drank himself to death...another is on his fifth marriage.
    Those were crazy days. I was in the Air Force stationed for awhile on Guam. It was my understanding that our unit qualified for the Vietnam campaign ribbons but I ever wore them out of respect for the guys who were actually in country. I used to see those guys when they would unload the Medavac flights taking them to the Navy hospital. Those were the guys who deserved the ribbons.
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    Bless them all. Special belessing to PFC Bullock 15 years old.....

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    I have friends on the Wall --- close friend came home and AO got him about 6 years later. Few committed suicide.

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    Crazy stats!
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    Interesting read. As a Viet Nam vet, I appreciate your posting it.



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