Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Hampshire XI

The Pillsbury Memorial center was built in 1891 and is named for native son John S. Pillsbury (yes, that Pillsbury) who later became the Governor of Minnesota. It is said to be the only building in this style in the County.

 Inside the main area is an auditorium type space. The day I visited it was busy with craft activities and a small craft fair.

One of the nice folks who works there was able to point out the plaque honoring those from Sutton who served in Vietnam.

The Pillsbury building is located on Main Street in Sutton, NH.

Next time, on the 25th, we will return to New Mexico, so join me there at 9:00am.

To see other memorials from New Hampshire, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ireland III

In keeping with my last Irish post and the occurrence of Saint Patrick's Day, I want to interrupt the scheduled post I promised from New Hampshire.

Today, I received and interesting article from my Irish friend Mary Glasheen.*

It recounts the story of one of the Irishmen who came to America to join the military and fight with us in Vietnam.

Corporal Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher with US General William Westmoreland Patrick Gallagher with Gen. William Westmoreland

Western Correspondent

A US Navy Destroyer is to be named in honour of a Mayo man who died in the Vietnam War.
Corporal Patrick "Bob" Gallagher grew up in Derrintogher, outside Ballyhaunis and emigrated to the US in 1963.

He joined the US Marines and was nearing the end of a tour of duty in Vietnam, when he was killed in an ambush on 30 March 1967.
Relatives and former colleagues have been campaigning to have a US Navy vessel named in his honour for a number of years.

This afternoon, the US Navy confirmed that, having reviewed the case, it has been decided to recognise the "exemplary service in defence of the nation" that was undertaken by Corporal Gallagher.

The decision follows extensive deliberation at the Pentagon in recent months.
The USS Gallagher will be a guided missile destroyer and will be the newest such vessel in the American marine fleet.

A US Navy spokesperson told RTÉ News that the valour displayed by Corporal Gallagher clearly warranted the honour.

Describing his service as an example to all service men and women, the US Navy said the public campaign and a review of the Mayo native's record was central to the decision.

The news has been welcomed by his brother, Peter, who lives at the family home.

Corporal Gallagher was buried in Ballyhaunis, with full US military honours, following his death.
His grave bears the distinctive white headstone, typical of those of deceased US service personnel.
Members of the US Marines visit the plot each year and a special ceremony was held there last year to mark the 50th anniversary of his death."

If I am able to find other stories of our Irish brothers and sisters I will certainly post them here. As you already know, 30 Irish citizens were lost supporting our efforts in 'Nam. including Nurse Pam Donovan, one of the eight women listed upon The Wall.

Next time, on the 20th, I will post the aforementioned New Hampshire memorial.

To see other memorials from any state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

* If ever in Ireland check out Mary, she is wonderful person and can set up marvelous tours through her company, Glasheen's Coaches.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ireland II

One does not always think of Ireland when contemplating the Vietnam war, but this would be an oversight.

People from other lands came to the aide of Vietnam by joining the U.S. military. I have found a memorial in Portugal, there are KIA/MIAs from Panama and other not often credited places.

The Irish are no exception and are, perhaps, the largest such group.

2500 of then came to America to join the military and serve along side us in Vietnam. Some 30 of them perished and are along side us, still, on The Wall in Washington, D.C. One of these is among the eight women listed, Pam Donovan, was from Ireland.

This memorial is the one of the last remaining remnants from British occupation of Ireland, so it is fitting that it now serves as an everlasting honor to Irish men and women who gave their lives while fighting with other countrys for the freedom of others.

Originally the Officers Mess and Quarters, part of the Tipperary Barracks it was destroyed after the British finally left Ireland.

It was saved and refurbished by the Tipperary Remembrance Trust to honor these Irish heroes and dedicated in 2004.

There are several plaques on the reverse of the arch and each is dedicated in a manner different from what we do here. They are listed by whom the Irish fought with against someone else. The one on which you find Pam Donovan, and others, is simply listed as the Irish lost fighting with America. Another says Irish lost while fighting with the United Kingdom, or Australia, or Eire (Ireland).


The memorial is dedicated to:

"...the Irishmen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of Peace Freedom at home or worldwide..."

When I visited, my guide, Mick, told me there were plans to add a plaque dedicated specifically to those lost in Vietnam. I do not know if this has been completed yet, I was back recently and it was not, but I could not reach Mick to get any information. If I do, I will certainly update here.

I thought about saving this for Saint Patrick's Day, but decided it was too far off, so enjoy.

Next time, on the 15th we will revisit New Hampshire, so join me then, back in America, at 9:00am.

To see memorials from any state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Maryland XVIII

Frostburg lies in the far west of Maryland. It was founded by Mr. Frost, because Thomas Jefferson wanted to build The National Road to ship goods back to the east and provide a way west for expansion, in 1806. It served for about 40 years until the Railroads made their way into western Maryland. Today Frostburg's population is less than 10,000 not including the students at Frostburg University.

This memorial is located on the side of the American Legion Post 24 building near the corner of Main and Water Streets.

The plaque is one of several that adorn the front of the building. It was locked up tight when I was there so I couldn't gather any other information.

Ten of our brothers are honored here, even one with my last name. I guess we all feel a special pang when we see our own names on a memorial somewhere, I know I do. Why him...?

So, on the 10th, we will venture back to Ireland. I will just have returned from another road trip and perhaps I'll have something new to share. Join me here at 9:00am to see what is up.

To see additional memorials from Maryland, or any other state, please click th state name on the left side of this page.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Maine XIII

I have written, previously, about the memorial in Bangor, Maine and you can find that elsewhere on this site, so, today I want to return to my subcategory of Faces of Remembrance.

These three, those who survived are a little different, I think. Often, survivors are depicted differently. they are, understandably, distraught or anguished. Often depicting the Thousand Yard Stare.

Somehow, I see these are somehow, calmer, yet there is always the sadness, the resignation.

Someday, perhaps, I will gather all the faces I have found on this journey and place them all together.

Located at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, (405 Perry Road)

Next time, on March 5th, we will return to Maryland, so join me there as always, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Maine, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Georgia VIII

Fort Benning, usually said to be in Georgia, actually rests in both Georgia and Alabama. Today, however, we will concentrate on the Infantry Museum which actually is in Georgia.

Right at the edge of the parking area is this POW/MIA memorial. Placed by the Sergeant Majors Association, it originally sat elsewhere, but was moved here to be near the new museum.

 Elegant in its simplicity it honors all POW/MIAs.

The reverse lists the numbers of POW/MIAs from our most recent wars. I think that the Vietnam entry is interesting as it seems to offer a range of MIAs. Odd to me that we don't seem to know how many there are. I wonder why that is? It seems that we can either account for them or we can't, therefore making them missing. Anyone have any knowledge of this? If so, you can reach me at the email to the left or here, in the comments section. I would love to be able to say more about this.

Note the eagle here. He has broken the chains of bondage, hopefully as all our missing will someday do.

We will return to Ft. Benning in the future as there is a lot here to show you and write about..

Next time, however we will visit another memorial to Vietnam lost in Tipperary, Ireland! So, join me there on the 23rd to hear more of this interesting story, as always, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Georgia, or any other state, click on the state name on the left side of this page.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Florida XIII

I have written, previously, about Key West, but there is so much in this new memorial that I want to show you some more of it today. I expect that I will write about this wonderful memorial again in the future.

Located at the intersection of Jose Marti Drive and Truman Avenue, Bayview Park, the Key West Vietnam Living Memorial is a beautiful spot, indeed.

The intent of the Wall is to honor anyone from Key West, or living in Key West, as of the end of the war in 1975. Those who came later are honored with paver bearing their names. Those who were lost are remembered here, too.

Many illustrations are featured  on the Wall.

We will return here in the future to see more of this remarkable site.

Next time, on the 18th we will venture back into Georgia. So, meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

To see other memorials from Florida, or any other state, click on the state name on the left side of this page,