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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE fla1976's Avatar
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    Just some info,

    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 by date they died, and within each date, the names are alphabetized. It has been 36 years since the last 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 September 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.

    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.

    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 (population 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail and 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, and Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah, on Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Avenues. They played ball at a nearby 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, November 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 December 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.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE oldandtired's Avatar
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    Good post, FLA.

    The veterans are still dying but their names are not put on the wall as a war casualty.

    What do you call cancer from agent orange / alcohol and drug deaths / sucide / divorce / depression so severe they cannot go out in public?

    God bless them all.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
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    your so right oldandtired,my cousin went to nam and almost lived in agent orange. we was a few yrs older than me and i loved him. he commited suicide in 88. just couldnt take life anymore.he was never the same after he came dad was in korea and my mom said we he went in 1950 he was just a good southern boy. when he came back he was a mean hard drinkin hard workin no bs kinda man.she always missed that southern dad told me to stay away from the service since i had a bad bad problem with people gettin in my face when i was young.i still feel guilty about not going and then losing friends over there.and its been almost 40 yrs.

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    Good post!! I hope we honor the fallen respectfully forever. I was at a football game (Ore/Ducks) in Autzen Stadium & the announcer came on & said that a record attendance that day had reached almost "59,000"... I thought to myself in that moment looking around.... I am looking at about the same lives lost in Vietnam... that is a spooky revelation.
    "I would walk through hell on Sunday before I fear the enemy"

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE TheYellaBrick's Avatar
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    I've unconsciously made that observation numerous times over the years....quit chilling.....the same number as a small city....


    to those who

    God Bless our folks in uniform
    "We the People, have your backs"

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
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    yeah boys that is pretty sad.thats alot of boys to lose.but i think one boy is to always wished i was president so i could tell them sobs overseas that if i lose one man im gonna kill 100 of yours.1 to 100 seems fair to me.and i dont like to fight.well not with

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