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The Wall ~ Vietnam KKD

The Wall
September 20, 2004

Upon this wall the names
Have been placed
For most who visit
There is no face

But as I place my hand
Upon each name
I pray that you know
Your death was not in vain

For it is here I feel
The beating heart of Americas Pride
That gave their all
Upon air, land and the rising tide

For my children and yours
The ultimate sacrifice you have made
So that each night and day faced
They will have no need to be afraid

It is because of each name
We know of American Pride
And know that each of you
Now walk by His side

Please know that all our Military
Stand the tallest of them all
None of you will ever be
Just a name upon a wall.

ღ KKD ღ

Original by Donna DeLong Matthews
Memorial Day 2004

Casualties of Vietnam

Statistics on Vietnam Casualties

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

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

*41,404 on the Wall were just 19 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.

*8 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.
711 West Virginians on the Wall.

*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 have to admit
This is one of two hardest pages
I've ever created.
The other is
The Wall ~ Iraq Casualties
Names are tearfully and lovingly
Placed alphabetically.
Please feel free to click on
the links below to find your
loved ones and friends.
These links appear on each page
for your ease in navigation.
Before I started on this I knew approx how many were lost
but I bawled like a baby when I saw all the names and knew
there were suffering families attached to each one...
I knew many suffering returned home to unwelcoming shores
and suffered for many years after their return.
Many still suffer to this day.

I got so emotionally caught up in this write that at times
I would have to just push my chair back from the desk
and walk away from it. While no I did not serve in the Military
I did keep a home and family together while my husband
and father of my girls did. More times than I care to count,
I, with our girls, after tearful see you laters,
stood on the pier watching the ship leave port
with Anchors Aweigh playing over the loud speakers.
We stood and watched and waved
until the ship disappeared into the horizon.
With a silent prayer that all would return home
to their loved ones safe.

Donna DeLong Matthews
The Gold Pen Ghost
2018 (All rights reserved)

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