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Honoring Vietnam veterans: Help us put a face on sacrifice
Fox News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mark Green

Posted on 07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT by jazusamo

660-Vietnam-Vets-photos.jpg
Courtesy of the author

The genius of Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- “The Wall” -- is the visitor’s overwhelming sense of loss. The names of the dead, on 140 black granite panels, appear infinite in number.

It has been 32 years since The Wall was dedicated. It has become a place of healing, where Americans could separate the sacrifice of the warriors from what had become America’s most unpopular war.

Back then, a young veteran, Jan Scruggs, took $2,000 of his own money and began raising the $8.4 million in private contributions to build what has become one of Washington’s most visited monuments, attracting 4.4 million Americans in 2011 alone, according to the Washington Examiner.

Perhaps you grew up with somebody who died in
Vietnam, or knew one of these individuals in school.
If so, you can truly honor their sacrifice by taking a
moment to look through your old photos and yearbooks.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: educationcenter; photographs; veterans; vietnam; vietnamvets

1 posted on 07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing; xzins

Ping!


2 posted on 07/19/2014 6:07:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo


REFLECTIONS
Vietnam Memorial



All Gave Some - Some Gave All!!!
(Click)




And I don't give a damn what Walter Cronkite said - we were kickin' ass when I was there and it was an Honorable Cause!!!!






"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 07/19/2014 6:33:42 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thanks, My FRiend, I should have pinged you.


4 posted on 07/19/2014 6:35:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Not a problem, Brother! Here's another along the same lines:



VIETNAM MEMORIAL



All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
(Click)




Let their sacrifice never be forgotten!!!!






"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 07/19/2014 6:49:18 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: jazusamo

The Grunt Padre: Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, Vietnam, 1966-1967 by Father Daniel L. Mode

five stars on Amazon

6 posted on 07/19/2014 7:11:33 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thank you, Sal!


7 posted on 07/19/2014 7:18:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
My Classmates from St. Mary's School, Rockville Maryland:

Tommy Eugene Dickerson
Private First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Rockville, Maryland
May 10, 1947 to May 03, 1967

Martin John Begosh
Specialist Four
240TH AHC, 214TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
Rockville, Maryland
September 19, 1947 to August 18, 1968

Not one of my classmates - a year behind me:

James Alfred Reid
Private First Class
D CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
04 December 1948 - 06 June 1968
Panel 59W Line 012

God Bless them, God Bless them all; God Bless them good!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 07/19/2014 7:19:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

That’s a great graphic, Conor.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 7:21:17 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ConorMacNessa

My dad did a tour, 68-69. Thanks, Pop.

Thank you for the graphic, sir.


10 posted on 07/19/2014 7:22:56 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

May God Bless them All!


11 posted on 07/19/2014 7:23:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Remembering my brother, WO Thomas Forsythe.

From my files....

“On September 27, 1969, all of the 101st units had pulled out of the A Shau Valley, thus closing one chapter in the division’s history. The A Shau Valley would have been difficult to defend during the upcoming monsoon season. Low hanging clouds and unpredicable weather were the biggest factors in abandoning the valley. There was an artillery raid in either November or December, 1969. The Phoenix flew the troops into the abandoned firebase, possibly Airborne for the raid. The Phoenix continued to fly missions and hadn’t lost anyone to hostile action until December 21st when Captain Arthur Herndon, WO Thomas Forsythe and Specialist 4 David L. Egleston were killed while flying a mission near the DMZ. They were caught in a cross fire
of .51 caliber machine guns. Specialist Amos survived the crash by jumping from the aircraft just prior to impact. He would survive another crash less than two months later by jumping from the aircraft which was piloted by CPT Donald Swanson. Another Phoenix aircraft had taken fire in that area of the DMZ on December 20th, the aircraft was piloted by CWO Bob Sauer. Sauer had given a spent round from that action to Tom Forsythe who wanted it as a good luck charm.
http://www.phoenix158.org/taps/

BTW, Specialist Amos who jumped from two crashing choppers was sent back to the States. His CO said he might not survive a third jump.


12 posted on 07/19/2014 7:37:18 PM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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To: Salvation; jazusamo


Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno, CHC USN (MOH)
Celebrating Mass in the bush, Vietnam




"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

13 posted on 07/19/2014 7:41:18 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: rw4site

May WO Thomas Forsythe and his Brothers in Arms RIP.

Uncommon valor was a common virtue.


14 posted on 07/19/2014 7:46:44 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: BIGLOOK; PROCON; TMSuchman; Publius; Diver Dave
Vietnam Vets Ping!

Spread the word, Brothers!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

15 posted on 07/19/2014 7:48:24 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I scanned that line for my brother in law’s face. He was killed in Vietnam. Very close to my husband and me since he was the best man at our wedding.


16 posted on 07/19/2014 7:49:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Do you know what outfit he was in, Salvation?



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

17 posted on 07/19/2014 7:51:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: Salvation; All
In Memoriam



SP 4 Patrick Scharosch, USA
1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
KIA Vietnam 15 April 1968





America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 07/19/2014 8:42:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: jazusamo
"Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:22 AM

To: undisclosed recipients:

Subject: Ken

Hi,

Ken passed in his sleep at home early yesterday morning.".............

This was part of the message that I received from a dear friend's wife last year. I am a VietNam Era veteran, meaning that I served 1964-1968, but not IN VietNam. Ken DID serve in VietNam, and he told me that he had severe problems because of exposure to Agent Orange, and that the Central Texas VA had done all that they could for him, and basically had sent him home to die. He also told me that he had gone to Mexico for treatment after VA gave up on him, but that was not very long before he died.

He was a best friend 1957-1959, and we were disconnected after that, reconnecting only a couple of years before he died.

19 posted on 07/19/2014 9:43:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (It's past time to impeach our illegal alien mooslim marxist president.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Proud to spread the word!


20 posted on 07/19/2014 9:45:04 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: jazusamo

Vietnam War: Battle of Ia Drang

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/Vietnam-War-Battle-Of-Ia-Drang.htm

If I remember correctly Lieutenant Colonel Harold G. Moore unit took the first casualties of a non existent war. Was nearly wiped out as a unit, as the US Military were not prepared to fight a ground war, that had already seen 20 yrs of ground war during the ENDO China war with the French. The enemy was a well entrenched, guerrilla, warfare wise enemy our unprepared Military ran head first into.

They have their own section on the Wall I believe, casualty rate was extremely high. Lack of experienced leaders, troops, not the right gear, you name it, any thing that could go wrong, went wrong. http://everything2.com/title/We+Were+Soldiers

Closest to it hubby got was the USS Midway when they were pulling out the Amb. But I had several cousins who fought, 1 wounded and still limps to this day.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Fifty Thousand Names Carved In The Wall ~ George Jones

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

Nineteen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qal8lrzFs0


22 posted on 07/20/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: matthew fuller

I also had a friend who died from complications from the Agent Orange exposure.

Navy Seal


23 posted on 07/20/2014 8:28:45 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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