Sunday, January 14, 2018

New York XV

This small memorial outside a Funeral Home is what brought me to Oyster Bay. While talking to the people inside about it one of them asked if we (my 'Nam buddy John was with me) knew about the one down the street at the Middle School (seen elsewhere on this site) As so often happens, I was able to locate and capture one I knew nothing about until I talked with locals.

This one, however, sits just outside the door to the establishment and is different because it is dedicated to those who were impacted by Agent Orange and other service connected deaths.

Inside there is a plaque listing many veterans from the area. Presumably these are those cared for by this particular home.

No designations of any kind are listed here, only the names of those that served.

So, our next visit will be back to Washington, so, join me there at 9:00am on the 19th.

To visit additional memorials from New York, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Mexico XV

Vado lies a short distance from Las Cruces where I went to see the fantastic memorial that was incomplete the last time I visited several years ago, and I promise to tell you more about that in a future post.

Vado is nearly as opposite as it could be from Las Cruces.

It is small, hand built by two guys, and sits on the side of the road.  You might easily say that it is more intimate than its mach lager neighbor less than 20 miles to the North.

The two plaques list those who served in the Era with no designations as to whom may have been in-country, or might have been lost. They are listed by Service with the whole left plaque and part of the right one dedicated to the Army. The other Services are listed on the right panel, too.

POW/MIAs are listed on a separate, smaller plaque and again on a stone nearby.

This journey began as an effort to capture the 50 state memorials and as I have mentioned before it grew into a much larger project and I have been surprised by how much these smaller, perhaps more personal memorials have come to mean to me. This one is no exception, I just love it. Thank you, Vado.

The memorial may be found at 9350 Hwy 478.

Next time, on the 14th, we will return to New York, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Maryland XVII

Today, New Years Eve 2017, it seems appropriate to me to be writing from and about my home state, Maryland.

Even though you will be reading this on January 3rd, or after, it just feels right on this cold, final, night of the year to be remembering those from home.

What does not feel right is that I chose to write about a small memorial in Calvert County, at the Prince Frederick Court House, and I cannot find one single word about it on line, anywhere. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Certainly not the only time I have had this problem, but it still upsets me that no one, other than the folks from the county, seems to have taken notice.

So, I can only show you what I have.


A number of wars and losses of the brave are honored here at the Court House, including five from Vietnam.

The Court House and the memorial may be found at 765 Prince Street.

As I so often do, I will ask any reader who has info on this site to contact me, so I can update this with more information. Many of you have responded in the past and I hope someone will, today, too.

Happy New Year to all and I hope that 2018 will be better for each of you!

Next time on January 8th, check out a new post from New Mexico. Join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bucket list 2017

One last non-Vietnam memorial post for this year.

I was able, this year, to knock a thing or two off my bucket list.

One of the big ones was taking my family, my wife, my son, his wife and two children to Ireland. It was kind of a 70th birthday party, so my sister and her husband, a couple of their kids and my brother and his wife joined us. It was a great thing to me to be with my family in the auld sod!

I could post hundreds and hundreds of pics, but I have chosen just a few to share with you today.

In my several trips to Ireland, I have never been able to get to the Brazen Head, the oldest bar in Ireland. It open in 1198 and had been pouring Guinness ever since. We made it this time and it is really great. Much of the building is original and you find yourself having to duck under beams and doorways.

Durty Nelly's is another of the very old pubs in the country. Nelly's was opened in the 1620s. We had a great meal there and my sisters oldest daughter who had not accompanied us, showed up as a huge surprise!

So, before you get to thinking that ALL we did was drink (you wouldn't be so very far off, at that) I'll alter course a bit here.

The story goes that the Devil, in a fit of pique, bit off a piece of of a mountain and spit it out and it became The Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick, later, built this monastery. It is a magnificent structure and well worth an afternoon of your time, if you can get out of the pubs.

Pulnabrone (Hole of the Sorrows) is tomb built 4200 year s BCE. The remains of approximately 40 were found within. It is an iconic Irish site and is the second most visited spot in all of Ireland.

We traveled to Cork as it is where my ancestors came from and just along the shore was this picturesque dingy filled with flowers.
We took a moment, again in Cork, to remember and honor the millions upon millions of souls forced to flee Ireland during the potato blight. Some effort is being made to have people, particularly Irish, stop referring to The Great Hunger as a famine. There was no famine in Ireland. The English shipped crops and livestock and other food stuffs to England, leaving only potatoes for the Irish, whom they despised. When the potato blight hit, the spuds rotted and, hence, the starvation and great migrations to America, Australia, Mexico, and many other places. The Irish population was decimated, by some counts halved, and has not yet recovered. So, we always remember; An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger.

We were fortunate enough to spend some time in Lisheen Castle, a beautifully restored home near Thurles in central southern Ireland. Perhaps at another time I will post some additional shots of this spectacular place.

For now, however, I will end back in Dublin.

This is the famous Ha' Penny Bridge. In time past it cost one half cent, a Ha ' Penny, to cross. It is now free to all to cross the River Liffey.

So that's it from Ireland for today. We will resume post of Memorials to those lost in 'Nam on the third of January, so join me then, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017

It came upon a midnight clear...

50 years ago tonight, I was on duty somewhere in 'Nam. I can't say I recall doing exactly what, it was just another day to a large extent.

I remember that in base camp they tried to have a special Christmas dinner, but I really don't remember it. I guess it is possible that we were out of port, running up or down the Mekong, I simply cannot remember. What happens to our memories?

I do remember that my parents sent a little Christmas tree. I think maybe it had little lights on it. And, I am sure they included various goodies. I do remember that we all gathered around it and completely enjoyed having it sitting on top of my foot locker!

The biggest surprise of that Christmas didn't actually occur on Dec. 25, but several months later.

I finally made it home in April and after the dog went crazy when he saw me get out of the car, and my parents and family all ran out to the street, we all eventually, went in to the house.

And, there, where it always was during my childhood, stood the Christmas tree, all decorated, packages beneath its boughs, waiting for me to come home.

Of course, I have no idea what any of the packages contained, that after all is not what we member, we remember the feelings, the love and in this case, the relief, of finally being home.

It was indeed special.

This Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Solstice, Kwanzaa, Los Tres Reyes or whatever holy day, holiday, or celebration of new beginnings that you may choose to celebrate remember to take a moment to remember, to be thankful for and to wish them safe home, those, as Mick Jagger calls them, "the common foot soldier, the salt of the earth." You know that while we celebrate, hundreds of thousands are pulling duty somewhere, many miles from loved ones.

Give them a thought.

                                                                               men of good will!

  Happy holidays to you and yours.

Many of you will know that during the holiday season, I often take a small break from writing about memorials. So, next time, on the 29th, look for something a little different, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Maine XIII

While visiting the Maine Vietnam memorial in Augusta, on one of my trips there, I decided to walk into the State House just to look around.

I wondered upstairs and found a number of patriotic displays including there to Vietnam.

As noted previously on this site, the Augusta Vietnam memorial lists no names, this is true here, too except for the Medal of Honor recipients from several wars,including Vietnam. The names are all listed on the memorial found in Bangor which you can find elsewhere on this site.

Our sisters are not overlooked here. This plaque honors them all from the Revolution through the present day. No depiction here from Vietnam, but there is one (on the left) that seems to honor the Womens Army Service Pilots from WWII. My former Mother in Law was one of these heroic women and she lived the last 40+ years of her live in Maine, so I found it particularly fitting.

Next time, hopefully on the 24th, I will have a special posting for the season. Come back and check, sometime during the holidays and see, the post will go up at 9:00am, as always.

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Georgia VII

I am a bit late in posting this as I had some computer issues. Now resolved, I'll make every effort to keep up!

While headed towards the Alabama memorial in Anniston, featured elsewhere on this site, Steve and I ventured in to Bowdon, Georgia.

This memorial is located in a small park near the Town Hall, which serves the slightly more than 2,000 residents of the town.

It lists and honors the eleven men from the area that were lost to the war.

Oddly, I think, the names are only listed on the right side of the memorial. I could find no explanation for this.

The park is planted with lovely flowers and has benches for quiet reflection.

The park is located in the triangle formed by East College Street, City Hall Avenue, and Commerce Street.

Next time, on the 19th, we will revisit Maine, or just maybe a special seasonal post, so, join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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