A little history most people will never know.
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
(Ranger Ron )
are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
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.
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 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.
most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
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.
THE EIGHT WOMEN ON THE WALL: NURSES WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
The names of eight women,
all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall
in Washington, D.C.
(L to R: 1st. Lt. Hedwig Orlowski,
2nd Lt. Carol Drazba, 1st. Lt.Sharon Lane, Capt. Mary Klinker, Capt. Eleanor Alexander, 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Lt. Pamela
Donovan, LTC Annie Graham)
dedicated themselves to taking care of the wounded and dying.
See their faces and remember their names. These are their stories.
1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane of Canton, Ohio.
1st Lieutenant Sharon
Ann Lane, U.S. Army was killed by a rocket explosion on June 8, 1969, less than 10 weeks after she arrived in Vietnam. Assigned
to the 312th Evacuation Hospital, 1LT Lane was working in the Vietnamese ward of the hospital when the rocket exploded, killing
her and her patients. She was from Ohio and her name can be found on Panel 23, Line 112.
Lt. Pamela Dorothy Donovan of Brighton, Massachusetts.
2nd Lieutenant Pamela Dorothy Donovan, U.S. Army
died of a rare Southeast Asian virus on July 8, 1968. Born in Ireland, she was assigned to the 85th Evacuation Hospital in
Qui Nhon. 2LT Donovan is remembered on Panel 53W, Line 43.
Lt. Col. Annie Ruth Graham of Efland, North Carolina.
Lieutenant Colonel Annie
Ruth Graham, U.S. Army suffered a stroke on August 14, 1968. She was from North Carolina and was the Chief Nurse with the
91st Evacuation Hospital in Tuy Hoa. Her name can be found on Panel 48W, Line 12.
Capt. Mary Therese Klinker of Lafayette, Indiana.
Captain Mary Therese Klinker, U.S. Air Force was
part of an on-board medical team during Operation Babylift. Her flight was carrying 243 infants and children when it developed
pressure problems and crashed while attempting to return to the airport. Captain Klinker was killed on April 4, 1975, just
three weeks before the Fall of Saigon. A native of Indiana, she is remembered on Panel 1W, Line 122.
2nd Lt. Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba of Dunmore, Pennsylvania and 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Ann Jones of Allendale, South Carolina.
2nd Lieutenant Carol Ann Drazba, U.S. Army was killed
in a helicopter crash near Saigon on February 18, 1966. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is remembered on Panel 5E, Line
2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth
Ann Jones, U.S. Army was flying with 2LT Drazba and was killed in the same helicopter crash near Saigon. She was assigned
to the 3rd Field Hospital. 2LT Jones was from South Carolina and is remembered on Panel 5E, Line 47.
Capt. Eleanor Grace Alexander of Rivervale, New Jersey and 1st Lt. Hedwig Diane Orlowski of Detroit, Michigan.
Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander, U.S. Army had been
working in a hospital in Pleiku to help out during mass casualties from Dak To when her plane crashed on the return trip to
Qui Nhon on November 30, 1967. She was with the 85th Evacuation Hospital. She was from New Jersey and is remembered on Panel
31E, Line 8.
1st Lieutenant Hedwig
Diane Orlowski, U.S. Army was on board with Capt. Alexander when their plane crashed on its return trip to Qui Nhon. She was
assigned to the 67th Evacuation Hospital, 1LT Orlowski was from Michigan. She is remembered on Panel 31E, Line 15.
These eight women embody selfless love, sacrifice,
and courage. They are American heroes who volunteered to serve their country.
They joined the over 265,000 American women served during the Vietnam era. Approximately
11,000 served in Southeast Asia. Close to ninety percent were nurses. A small number of women served in civilian capacities,
such as the American Red Cross and the USO. More than 50 civilian American women died in Vietnam. Others worked as physicians, air traffic controllers, intelligence officers, clerks and in other capacities.
It wasn’t until November
1993 that the patriotic service of all women was honored in the nation’s capital at the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
A grateful country remembers.