Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Very Special Pearl of Wisdom - A Real Gem - The Vietman Wall

Most of you know I try my best to be non-political in all my posts and comments. I seldom if ever share my political opinion – I stick to the policies and processes of local government – not the politics. 

Today, I received this wonderful reminder from a good friend which I would like to share.  It contains a history that is slowly being forgotten and sadly most of us don’t even know.  I am not advocating anything – I am just sharing some unbelievable interesting statistics regarding the Vietnam Memorial Wall – something many of us especially in my generation find so special and hold so near and dear.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized.

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.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 names on the Wall were 22 years old 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.

31 sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia {wonder why so many from one school}

8 Women are on the Wall all nurses tending to 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 home.

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.

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.

I know that many who read this they will only see the numbers; however for those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we still see the faces, we still feel the pain.

There are very few if any wars that are noble; however those who gave it all were noble.

Maybe you can pass this on, to those like me, who served and still remember.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Remember Seat Belts Are Important

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pearl # 98 Emotions of Local Public Officials

Most people are unaware of this odd fact that the range of emotions lobsters go through ... from being chosen at the tank in a grocery store to being brought home and then tossed alive into a pot of hot boiling water in someone's kitchen ... are almost identical to the range of emotions candidates for local public office experience from the time they are encouraged by family and friends to take out papers and run for public office to the time they are actually sworn in.