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The "Wall"

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The trip to Washington D.C. was a very good one. The weather was great. Our nations capital and no one there driving a cab speaks or understands English very well. But when you think about it, wasn't that part of the plan from the start? Send me your tired and humble masses longing to be free? Every one of these drivers I met though were friendly and loved America. Each had passed their citizenship test and I am sure not many who were born here could.
My purpose in going was not to interview cab drivers though. Wendy and I went so I could make a long over due pilgrimage to the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial,or the Wall. There are names on the Wall that I can place faces with and memories tied to.So I got me a pencil and paper to do my rubbings.
I had no idea Wendy had taken this photo until later. Also, my knees are shot and I did lean on the Wall some in order to stand up. These men and women would not have minded.
There are more then 59,000 names on the Wall. Each one represents a father, son, mother, sister, brother, uncle, etc. . Each one had a face and a life. There were just a few I went to see though.
ELTON LLOYD SEARCY
Elton was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 and a helicopter pilot. He was 21 years old and both August 19, 1947. He was from Chipley, Florida , a Baptist and married.
CWO -W2 - Army - Reserve
101st ABN Div
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Feb 1, 1969 Casualty was on Apr 25, 1969 In , SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - PILOT AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND Body was recovered
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ROBERT RICHARD MALECKI
Bob was who John Wayne wished he was. A natural leader with a giant heart. Bob was 24 and his birthday was December 31, 1944. Bob was from Chicago, Illinois and Roman Catholic.
CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service
101st Airborne Division
Length of service 0 years His tour began on Nov 29, 1968 Casualty was on May 13, 1969 In THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS Body was recovered
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DENNIS RAY SILVESAN
Dennis was 21. His Birthday was December 24, 1948. He was from Longview, Wa. Dennis was Baptist by Faith. He was known as "Joe Cruit" to the men of the 6th Bn, 29th Arty, 4th Inf Div. He was the embodiment of a Beetle Bailey, Sad Sack, Willy and Joe all rolled into one. Until his death he was a private and proud of his honorable rank. He was the natural comic. He made life bearable at Camp Enari and Radcliff. I remember seeing him in the duece and half the morning of his first convoy and death. He was proud as a peacock, had a bandlier of ammo over his shoulder and his helmet on backward. He was going on a mission and wouldn't be called "Cruit" anymore. The irony is that he had a medical profile that kept him in base camp because of a severe allergy to insect stings. He chose to go on the mission to bring a firing battery back from Cambodia at the end of that "incursion." The VC detonated a bomb under the truck he, Watts and Barkley were in at Edep Edang, RVN. None survived. ( Dennis never wore his rank so no one knew he was an E-5 )
SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
4th Infantry Division
His tour began on Jul 28, 1969 Casualty was on May 24, 1970 In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY BURNS
Body was recovered
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RUSSELL DAVID WATTS
( many of my photos burned mysteriously in a fire at my ex-wife house )
Russ was 20 years old. His birthday was December 20, 1949. He was from Cottage Hills, Illinois. He was single. Russ was killed a long with Dennis. I knew Russ just briefly. Wish I would have known him way longer.
CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service 4th Infantry Division
His tour began on Dec 20, 1969 Casualty was on May 24, 1970 In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE Body was recovered
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STEPHEN RICHARD BARKLEY
Stephen was 20 years old and his birthday was June 16, 1949. He was from Norwalk, Ca. a Methodist by faith. Stephen was married and they were expecting their first child. Stephen and I came into country together. He was a great guy.
CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service 4th Infantry Division
His tour began on Nov 6, 1969 Casualty was on May 24, 1970 In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE Body was recovered
When a person goes to see something like this Memorial you wonder about your own life. What you did and did not accomplish. What would these men and women had done if they had been given the chance to come home and live a life? You can not help but wonder did you let them down? Did you fail them? Would the world had been a better place if you could trade places with one of them? It is called survivors guilt and it is very real. When I looked at these names I saw the line where mine should have been on May 24th. Why isn't my name there? it haunts me. It always has and it always will. I will grow old and one day I too will die. When I see them again, will they greet me with open arms? Or will they turn from me?
NOW ARISES FROM HALLOWED GROUND A DELICATE CLOUD OF BUGLE NOTES THAT SOFTLY SAY, GO TO SLEEP....COMRADES TRUE, BORN ANEW, PEACE TO YOU. YOUR SOULS SHALL BE WHERE THE HEROES ARE AND YOUR MEMORIES SHINE LIKE THE MORNING STAR....SLUMBER WELL, WHERE THE SHELLS SCREAMED AND FELL....THE DANGER HAS PASSED, AND NOW AT LAST, GO TO SLEEP.... By ~ Sgt Joyce Kilmer, 165th US Infantry (formerly 69th NYNG) KIA Ourcq, France~July 30, 1918 ~TO THE EVERLASTING GLORY OF THE INFANTRY~

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ROBERT RICHARD MALECKI

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DENNIS RAY SILVESAN

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