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Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll, June 1969
Life Magazine ^ | 5/23/14 | Life Magazine

Posted on 05/23/2014 10:35:41 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue

In June 1969, LIFE magazine published a feature that remains as moving and, in some quarters, as controversial as it was when it intensified a nation’s soul-searching 45 years ago. On the cover, a young man’s face — the very model of middle-America’s “boy next door” — along with 11 stark words: “The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll.” Inside, across 10 funereal pages, LIFE published picture after picture and name after name of 242 young men killed in seven days halfway around the world “in connection with the conflict in Vietnam.”

(Excerpt) Read more at life.time.com ...


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Pretty cool. Never forget, this weekend and always.
1 posted on 05/23/2014 10:35:41 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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To: TangledUpInBlue
Definitely a moving issue of Life although it shouldn't be forgotten that Life, like so many other magazines at that particular time was anti-war.
2 posted on 05/23/2014 10:43:16 AM PDT by Larry381 (The Media Have Become the Enemy of the American people...Pat Caddell)
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To: Larry381

Exactly. But it’s history documented nonetheless and although I was too small to remember or understand Vietnam, I know my history and this is a nice piece - the motive for creating it notwithstanding.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 10:45:08 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue (I have no home. I'm the wind.)
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To: Larry381

The intention of the article was to arouse anti war sentiment. IMHO.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

God bless every one of them.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 10:48:00 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Larry381

Of course how convenient they forget that it was Nixon who got out of the war.


6 posted on 05/23/2014 10:49:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TangledUpInBlue

They were all so young. Then my monitor didn’t work right. The images got all blurry.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 10:51:46 AM PDT by 22202NOVA (This Space For Rent. Offers accepted.)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

But according to liberals, democrats and professors...

All the American dead in Vietnam were poor, black and 19...


8 posted on 05/23/2014 10:53:33 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

May be cool (to some) today, but was hardly cool to anyone then. It was a very controversial move by Life, taken by many as support of a growing anti-war movment that was beginning to incorporate targeting men (kids) such as thse in their protests on college campuses.

I do not know a young person today that knows well the story of Vietnam nor perhaps even cares nor would begin to understand the society that sent them there and their sense of duty to each other in going and dying there. An “in between” generation that burns very bright against the much darker majority of that group that has given us the sorry governent and culture we have today.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT by yetidog
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
The intention of the article was to arouse anti war sentiment.
Absolutely, positively, one hundred per cent.
10 posted on 05/23/2014 10:56:24 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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11 posted on 05/23/2014 11:00:45 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Three fourths of all Afghanistan War deaths have occurred on Obama’s watch.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 11:04:10 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: oh8eleven

I remember well when that issue of Life arrived at our house. Nixon became president in January 1969. Life did not do it in 1968 when the battle deaths were worse.


13 posted on 05/23/2014 11:06:38 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

But of course. What do you think would have happened had they printed such an issue for the weeks of June 3, 1944 or February 19, 1945?


14 posted on 05/23/2014 11:07:32 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: TangledUpInBlue
From my hometown:


William C. Gearing Jr., 20, Army, SP5, Rochester, N.Y.

From Carl's Virtual Wall webpage:

William Carl Gearing, Jr
Specialist Five
DET 3, B CO, 7TH PSYOPS BN, 4TH PSYOPS GROUP, USARV
Army of the United States
Rochester, New York
July 24, 1948 to May 19, 1969
WILLIAM C GEARING Jr is on the Wall at Panel W24, Line 54
See the full profile or name rubbing for William Gearing

MILITARY DATA:
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E5
Rank/Rate: Specialist Five
ID No: 51778892
MOS/RATING: 96B20: Intelligence Analyst
Length Service: 00
Unit: DET 3, B CO, 7TH PSYOPS BN, 4TH PSYOPS GROUP, USARV
CASUALTY DATA:
Start Tour: 12/06/1968
Incident Date: 05/19/1969
Casualty Date: 05/19/1969
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar
URL: www.VirtualWall.org/dg/GearingWC01a.htm

15 posted on 05/23/2014 11:07:44 AM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: 2banana

All the American dead in Vietnam were poor, black and 19...

Paul Hardcastle - 19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3LdMAqUMnM


16 posted on 05/23/2014 11:09:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Blood of Tyrants

People who protested the war in Vietnam in 1969 were not against the war, they were against having to go there and get shot at. They were, by the definition of the word, COWARDS!!!!.
There was nothing noble about what they did.


17 posted on 05/23/2014 11:11:02 AM PDT by spandau-guard
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To: spandau-guard

Those who organized the protests were not anti-war.

They just thought we were fighting for the wrong side.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 11:12:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TangledUpInBlue

I hope MacNamara is rotting in hell and Melvin Laird joins him soon.


19 posted on 05/23/2014 11:13:12 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: spandau-guard

Bullshit!It was an abomination.If I had to go I would have made Lt. Calley look like a saint because if it moved I would have killed it.When I got back I would have made it a mission to kill those who sent me there.This is a stain on American history.The reason it didn’t end in victory is they drafted too many college (smart) kids into the armed forces who said FK you when they said go down this path.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 11:18:45 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Larry381
I don't know if the mag. had discretion in the order of the pics, but it does seem they start out with a large number of black soldiers as if they made up 50% of the death toll....but they were not.....their numbers were about equal to their population as a whole....

that aside, its a very moving, very sad list....all those young men....

I suppose every war has this equal long list of young men, lost.....

what does it do to a society when so many young men...young men who were adventursome, honorable,patriotic, etc are lost to their generation....that many fewer good men as husbands and fathers....

multiply that over all the wars, the the change in society has got to be very, very devastating...

because who is left at home?....particularly during the draft, there were the draft dodgers, the ones who escaped to college, ones who claimed one malidy after another.....

21 posted on 05/23/2014 11:21:15 AM PDT by cherry
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To: TangledUpInBlue

To think most of those boys were only deployed once. Not like today’s Army with the multiple deployments subjecting them to higher risk that they may not return, and if they do, you won’t be guaranteed to come back in one piece. Flame away if you wish, but I’m sick of this “New Military”, I especially feel bad for boots of the Army and the USMC, both of whom pull the weight in combat. I would not recommend it to my grand children. Multiple deployments is a killer. It kills our families who end up on the receiving end of the bad news with broken marriages, broken homes and an endless stream both physical and mental hardships. Sorry if I offended anyone, I’m just another person with a different opinion. If anyone should be multiple deployed it should be the members of Congress, put them in field gear and send them to the fighting front with the Osama Killer and the Beech of Benghazi.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 11:26:11 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (2016 an election or a coronation of a Queen?)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Andrew Daniel Chowka
Private First Class
H&S CO, 1ST AMTRAC BN, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Stamford, Connecticut
August 10, 1948 to March 14, 1968
ANDREW D CHOWKA is on the Wall at Panel 44E, Line 45

He was my best friend and my neighbor.
He died fighting Communism.


23 posted on 05/23/2014 11:26:41 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: dfwgator
those antiwar protestors were very similar to the occupy wall street types...wanted reasons to smoke dope, be disruptive, have free sex,mostly wanted free sex, and of course, they didn't want to be drafted...

of course these were kids in college mostly...RICH kids....kids that never had to worry about the draft....RICH kids who could sit in college and waste time....

and these people run the country now....

my sister was involved in that...of course, she's been retired since age 57 on a big fat pension and medical benefits from her govt job....

funny how these people can not loose, no matter what...

24 posted on 05/23/2014 11:26:42 AM PDT by cherry
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To: TangledUpInBlue

I remember Walter Cronkite used to start the evening news each night by saying “Today in Vietnam 47 servicemen where killed”...or whatever the number was.

Day in day out week after week.


25 posted on 05/23/2014 11:26:46 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Never forget Uncle Walter in the Viet Nam fiasco he helped creat:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/02/walter_cronkite_vietnam_and_th.html


26 posted on 05/23/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT by polymuser
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To: cherry

Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in movie history.

Sam Kinison in Back to School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3cb09hVH_g


27 posted on 05/23/2014 11:29:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: spandau-guard

Well that and the fact that we were getting involved in a civil war in a rinky dink country where we had no national interest what so ever. After 50,000 Americans died we turned tail and ran and the civil war resolved itself pretty much like it would have had we never set foot there.

I never held it agains’t the guys who said no I’m not going to get conscripted to go get shot at for no good reason. If they had refused to go to Hawaii to repel a Chinese invasion I would have felt differently.

We are now in Afghanistan doing the same thing with less casualties and a voluntary army. But in the end we will leave having accomplished nothing and Afghanistan will go back to its 7th century existence as though we had never set foot there.


28 posted on 05/23/2014 11:36:40 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

To think that during that entire period I had to worry from elementary school through high school if I were going to have to fight in that damned war.the war ended in 1973 and I graduated from high school in 1974.

I joined the U.S.A.F. That fall.


29 posted on 05/23/2014 11:38:24 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Sad not cool..All so young,reminded me of a high school year book.
No deferments no politically connected parents or connections......


30 posted on 05/23/2014 11:39:38 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I think the one thing it accomplished, is that it send a message to the Soviets that they weren’t going to be able to take over countries without a fight.

Imagine had we not fought in ‘Nam. Would then the Soviet Union still be in existence today?

Vietnam was a battle within a much bigger war.


31 posted on 05/23/2014 11:40:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: puppypusher

No different than 9/11. Kids serving now could have been 6 years old when that happened.


32 posted on 05/23/2014 11:41:14 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue (I have no home. I'm the wind.)
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To: rochester_veteran
Gearing was one of seven graduates of Greece Olympia HS who died in VN. Six of the seven were USMC.
In comparison, Greece Arcadia HS (my alma mater, '66) only lost one, Dave Curtis, a good friend of mine. * Don Jacques led a patrol out of Khe Sahn, which is now known as the "Ghost Patrol."

Semper Fi ...
33 posted on 05/23/2014 11:42:12 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

No different than 9/11. Kids serving now could have been 6 years old when that happened.

I beg to differ with you.These young people today that are joining the military are doing so voluntarily.When I was growing up I had to worry about being drafted right out of high school.

That’s not meant to demean their entry into the military because I volunteered as well since my draft number was never called.As the military draft had ended.


34 posted on 05/23/2014 11:47:09 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: oh8eleven

I looked and started to cry. I knew several who died while I luckily served domestically in 1969. It was a controversial war especially with leaders that were not in it to win it.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 11:55:29 AM PDT by cmwy
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To: cmwy

Me too. I can hardly bear to look at anything to do with Viet Nam. It was so horrible I try to forget about it. My brother in law was a river rat and he can’t talk about any of it without crying. I had friends who didn’t make it and friends who either got injured badly or are emotional wrecks from it.


36 posted on 05/23/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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Thanks for passing that on, oh8eleven! Wow, seven graduates of Olympia killed in Vietnam, what a sacrifice for one school. I went to Mooney (class of '74) and I don't believe we lost anyone. I enlisted in the USAF 4 days after graduation in June 1974.

The school my kids went through, Churchville Chili, lost two in Vietnam. Scott F. Bechtold (class of '65) and James Widener (class of '66). Jimmy was MIA for 39 years and his remains were found before his Dad died and his Dad was able to attend his funeral at Arlington. Check out Jimmy's Virtual Wall page, many accounts about him from family and friend.

James Widener Virtual Wall Page

37 posted on 05/23/2014 12:22:22 PM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: cmwy

Our politicians were definitely refusing to let America win that war. There was too much treason in D.C. to permit that. Our pro-Red betrayers in government were at the same time permitting trade with communist countries,who in turn, were using said aid to help their buddies in Hanoi to kill Americans in Viet Nam.


38 posted on 05/23/2014 12:31:18 PM PDT by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: oh8eleven
Between junior and senior years of high school, I took drivers ed at Gates-Chili. The instructor was a real cool guy and we'd drive everywhere, including downtown Rochester. Anyways, one day we drove through his town, Holley, NY. He told us the story about a bunch of guys from Holley High School enlisting together. Four of them were killed in Vietnam and they have a monument memorializing them:

PFC DAVID DUANE CASE
SP4 GEORGE WARREN FISCHER Jr
LCPL PAUL SCOTT MANDRACCHIA
PFC GARY LEE STYMUS

Here's a photo of the monument:


39 posted on 05/23/2014 12:37:12 PM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: cmwy
leaders that were not in it to win it...
I think that fueled more of the anti-war sentiment among the young than people today realize. It was clear by 1971 that the war had descended into a stalemate that could not be won without attacking North Viet Nam directly, which politics prevented. A lot of us, myself included, did not want to die in the quagmire of a ‘limited’ war. There should be no such thing. I got drafted and served, albeit reluctantly.
40 posted on 05/23/2014 12:39:07 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: rochester_veteran
Jimmy's Virtual Wall page, many accounts about him from family and friend.
He died just a few weeks before I got in country.
He was 3rd Recon up on the DMZ and his chopper went down just a click or two north-west from where I spent a lot of time (I was USMC arty).

41 posted on 05/23/2014 12:40:39 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rochester_veteran
Here's a photo of the monument
And it's snowing ... how appropriate.
42 posted on 05/23/2014 12:42:35 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
The intention of the article was to arouse anti war sentiment. IMHO.

No doubt, and the lamestream news does the same. How many times did stephy's program show the names of the weekly fallen under Bush?

43 posted on 05/23/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: puppypusher

puppypusher, as with you, I enlisted in the USAF 4 days after graduation, on June 21, 1974. I wonder if we brushed elbows? I had an operation first and didn’t go to basic until after I recovered in the Fall of ‘74. I was in 3723 BMTS, just down the road from the Thunderbird Theater and just across the street from the AFEES convenience store.


44 posted on 05/23/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Old North State
It was clear by 1971 that the war had descended into a stalemate ...
1971? Walter Cronkite came back from VN, after the Tet Offensive in early 1968, and told America, "To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion."
45 posted on 05/23/2014 12:47:08 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Renegade
"I hope MacNamara is rotting in hell and Melvin Laird joins him soon."

Don't forget to thank:
John F. Kennedy
A very special thanks to Lyndon Baines Johnson
And a very very special thanks to (drum roll please):
The Democrat Party!:
for all of the their tireless work in that effort to get America stuck in that war.

And give a big applause to their communist fellow travelers in America that helped America lose the war.

Special thanks for the Democrat Party's propaganda organs (known as the American Media) for their sterling effort to deceive the American public about the war and blame it on the Republicans and President Richard Nixon.

A special WELL DONE to Walter Cronkite and CBS News and the rest of the American Media for their excellent work in trashing all of those Americans who served and died in what has now turned out to be a pointless, aimless war.

46 posted on 05/23/2014 12:48:06 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Renegade

Our fighting men were superb in Vietnam, victory was denied by the old WWII generation, playing some sort of weird political game for a decade of us defeating the Communists on the battlefield.

As far as the draft, Vietnam was fought overwhelmingly by volunteers, just the opposite of WWII which was a war fought by draftees.


47 posted on 05/23/2014 12:49:00 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

I note with bitter irony that this issue of Life Magazine was published in the same month that Bill Clinton got drafted, received his notice of induction, while attending Oxford in England.

He used his political contacts from working in a Senators office when he attended Georgetown University in Washington DC, to defy the draft and never serve when millions of his peers who were drafted dropped everything and served, many of them paying with their lives for obeying the law.

Yet Clinton becomes Commander in Chief thanks to a Corrupt Liberal Media which censors his being drafted from the American public and spins it as if he only avoided the war.

There is nothing “mainstream” about the the “Mainstream Media”. The accurate term should be “The Corrupt Liberal Media” with the operative word being “Corrupt”

Liberalism has killed journalism.

Viet Nam Mai Mai! RVN,68,69,70.


48 posted on 05/23/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: StormEye

You omitted Hanoi Jane Fonda!


49 posted on 05/23/2014 12:51:07 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Uncle Lonny

Remember those who did not obey the law( went to Canada) were granted AMNESTY!.They are mostly STILL alive today!


50 posted on 05/23/2014 12:56:15 PM PDT by Renegade
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