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Virtual Wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war

From: Mike Eshleman
Sent: Wed 4/14/10 4:24 AM

First click on a state.  When it opens, scroll down to the city and the  names will appear.  Then click on their names.  It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. 

This really is an amazing web site.  Someone spent a lot of time and effort  to create it.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in  Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war
 with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes.  Those who remember that timeframe, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.  Pass the link on to others if you like.



From: Michael Doane
To: frankfurt_hs_67-71
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:55 AM
Subject: [Frankfurt_HS_67-71] Panel 19 West, Line 43-64

July 30th, 2009

On the Vietnam Wall, Panel 19 West, Line 43-64 are the names of 109 Americans who lost their lives during the four days of the Woodstock Music Festival, August 15-18, 1969. From James D. Anderson to Gary E. Young. Richard Kolb writes the following tribute to those 109 Americans in the August issue of the VFW Magazine;

Newsweek described them as “a youthful, longhaired Army almost as large as the US force in Vietnam”. one of the promoters saw what happened near Bethel, NY as an opportunity to :showcase” the drug culture as a “beautiful phenomenon”.
The newsmagazine wrote of “wounded hippies” sent to impromptu hospital tents. Some of the 400,000 of the nation’s “affluent white young” attended the “electric pot dream”. One sympathetic chronicler recently described them as “a veritable army of hippies and freaks.”
Time gushed with admiration for the tribal gathering, declaring; “It may well rank as one of the significant political and sociological event of the age.” It deplored the three deaths there - “one from an overdose of drugs [heroin], and hundreds of youths freaked out on bad trips caused by low-grade LSD.” yet attendees exhibited a “mystical feeling for themselves as a special group,” according to the magazine’s glowing essay.
The same tribute mentioned the “meaningless war in the jungles of Southeast Asia” and quoted a commentator who said the young need “more opportunities for authentic service”.
Meanwhile, 8,429 miles around the other side of the world, 514,000 mostly young Americans were authentically serving the country that had raised them to place society over self. the casualties they sustained over those four days were genuine, yet none of the elite media outlets were praising their selflessness.
So forty years later, let’s finally look at those 109 Americans who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam Aug. 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1969.

An American Profile

They mirrored the population of the time. A full 92% were white (seven of whom had Spanish surnames) and 8% Black. Some 67% were Protestants and 28% Catholic. A disproportionate number - more than one third - were from the South. Over two thirds were single; nearly one third were married. Not surprisingly, the vast majority (92%) were under the age of 30, with 78% between the ages of 18 and 22.
Overwhelmingly, (87%), they were in the Army. Marines and Airmen accounted for 8% and 4% of the deaths respectively with sailors sustaining 1%. Again, not unexpectedly, two-thirds were infantrymen. that same proportion was lower-ranking enlisted men. Enemy action claimed 84% of their lives; non-hostile causes, 16%. The preponderance (56%) had volunteered while 43% had been drafted. One was in the National Guard.
Of the four days, August 18 - the last day of “peace and love” in the Catskills when the 50,000 diehards departed after the final act - was the worst for the men in Vietnam. Thirty-five of them died on that one miserable day. Many perished in the Battle of Hiep Duc fighting with the hard luck Americal Division in the Que Son Mountains. In fact, 37% of all the GIs who lost their lives in this period came from this one unit.
So when you hear talk of the glories of Woodstock - the so-called “defining event of a generation” - keep in mind those 109 GIs who served nobly yet are never lauded by the illustrious spokesmen for the “Sixties Generation".
For additional related articles, Google search for  Richard Kolb VFW Magazine August 2009


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