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The Vietnam War - 50 years later

As designated by the Department of Defense, this month represents the official start of the Vietnam War, America's most divisive conflict since the Civil War. Volumes have been written about that war, and there is little we could add to explain or enlighten. What we can do is share a few websites that you may not know about but that you might find interesting.

The human toll
9 million served in uniform: 3.5 million in Southeast Asia; 2.5 million in South Vietnam. 58, 267 Americans died during the war; 350,000 were wounded; 1,711 remain missing.

The Vietnam War - in pictures
Take a look at this very comprehensive set of photos of the Vietnam War. The site is Peter Leuhusen's The Vietnam War: http://www.vietnampix.com/ with photos by Tim Page, photographer, journalist and author of Page after Page: Memoirs of a War-Torn Photographer.

The Vietnam Wall - in biographies

Vietnam Wall

Vietnam Wall

The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam War with the names, biographies, sometimes photos, and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family, can look them up on this site. 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 biography and medals.

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

There are 58,267 names listed on that polished black wall arranged in the order in which they died - by date and, within each date, alphabetized.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

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 Corporal Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on September 7, 1965. There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall, along with thirty-one sets of brothers. Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

39,996 on the wall were 22 years old or younger. The largest age group of 8,283 was 19 years old; 3,103 were 18 years old; 12 soldiers on the wall were 17 years old; 5 were 16 years old. One soldier, Private First Class Dan Bullock was just 15 years of age.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam. 1,448 soldiers were killed on what was previously scheduled to be their last day in Vietnam.

The most casualty deaths for a single day were on January 31, 1968 with 245 deaths. The most casualty deaths for a single month were in May 1968 when 2,415 casualties were incurred.

The Vietnam Experience - in written and visual narratives

This site shares the emotional and spiritual experiences of the Vietnam War through poetry, stories, and photos by combat veterans:
http://www.vietnamexp.com/morestories/morestories.htm

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - flag at half-staff

December 7, 1941 - 70 years ago: Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, home port of America's Pacific fleet, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The event brought the United States into World War II. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates and remembers the more than 2,000 American citizens killed and more than 1,000 injured in that surprise attack.

The U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff till sunset. When flying the flag at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top of the staff for an instant, then lowered to the mid-way point of the staff (half-staff). It should be raised to the top of the staff again before lowering the flag at the end of the day.

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