Monday, July 16, 2018

Massachusetts XII

In keeping with my on-going efforts to honor those lost in Vietnam I began a smaller project called Faces of Remembrance, where I present portrait like photos gathered from memorials around the country.

It has somewhat startled me to discover of the approximately 700 memorials I have visited how very few actually have likenesses of those lost. So, let me use this post as an endorsement of the Wall of Faces project underway at the Education Center coming to The Wall in DC. The center is attempting to collect photographs of every name on The Wall, all 58,318, I encourage you to participate.

Many states have already completed the process but more pictures are needed. So if you have one, send it to them.

Go here for info about how to submit a photograph:  
These photos are a little different as they are not from memorial statues, as are most, but from the plaques on the Charlestown section of greater Boston's Wall. As I was not planning this particular subset of pictures when I traveled in that area, these pics are pulled from the larger photos and therefore are a bit skewed to the eye. Lessons learned, lessons learned.

Next time, on the 21st we will see another face from Michigan. Join me there at 9:00am, as always.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Maryland XX

Towson is the County Seat of Baltimore County and this memorial is located at the County Council Dist. 5, building.

Simple in its design, it honors the large number from the county that made the ultimate sacrifice in 'Nam.

Located in a well shaded area it has this dedication on it:

Citizens of
Baltimore County
Who Served Their
Nation in
Southeast Asia
1957 - 1975

Note the years listed.

These photos may be the best (worst) examples of glare that I have ever taken. I have often spoken about how memorials that are, by design, intended to include the viewer in the process by forcing us to reflect, make the photographic process somewhat difficult!

The County Council building has the address of 101-167 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Next time, on the 16th, we will return to Massachusetts, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

Maine IX

Just a couple of miles south of Augusta is the town of Hallowell. Located in Kennebec County the town celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2012.

To mark the occasion they built this memorial to all vets. It lists names all the way back to the Spanish American War.

Our brothers and sisters are remembered and honored on the back. There is no key to explain the asterisk next to a few of the names, but it is easy to assume that this denotes KIA. I note only one name from 'Nam.

As you can see, much space is left for the inevitable next engagement, wherever and whenever that may be.

Located near the intersection of Central and 2nd Streets in a local cemetery.

Next time, on the 11th we will return to Maryland, so, as always, join me there at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Georgia IX

On the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology is this small but elegant memorial to alumni who were lost in 'Nam and Korea,

It sits alone in an area shaded by large, old trees.

It pays everlasting tribute to a Medal of Honor recipient and all that served.

 Next time, on the 6th, we will return to Maine, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Update: I work really hard to make this site accurate, but when I screw up, I do it well.  the man named on this site received the Distinguished Flying Cross, not the MOH. Sorry for the inaccurate info.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Florida XIV

A couple of years back I was in Florida and I had read a newspaper story about a new memorial in Doral. I drove on over and found the site, a small but picturesque little park,
with a number of memorials already in place.

No matter how hard or or how long a looked I just could not find the Vietnam memorial.

I noticed that the park was enclosed by a high chain link fence that was covered in canvas, so I peeked through a hole in the canvas to discover a cemetery on the other side of the fence. I figured that was it, the memorial was in the cemetery. I drove around to the entrance a few blocks away and talked to the folks in the office. Nope, no Vietnam memorial here.

I drove back to the original site and pulled out my phone to check the article I'd seen to see if Ii had made some kind of a n error. Nope, this was the spot. Somewhat confused, I tracked down the paper and called them and was put in touch with the reporter who wrote the story.

He explained that he was a stinger and had actually never seen the memorial but wrote the story based upon some info he had been forwarded.  He, too, had no idea what was up, but he gave me the number of his contact at the Doral City Hall.

I called City Hall and made contact with the contact. She explained that the city had "staged" the whole event so that they would have the story written and the photographs taken and ready to go when the memorial was actually dedicated a few months in the future.

Yep, they had brought in the statue, the military, the scout troops the whole shebang to create the story. Then the statue was removed and everybody went hoe to await the actual event.

I was surprised by all this, but relieved that I wasn't losing my mind. I would venture a guess that this is common preparation for many stories.

So, a while back I returned to Florida and, among the other memorials, I found the one in Doral, complete and in place.

An added bonus, for me, is that it was created by Richard Arnold, a sculptor from Colorado, whom I have spoken to a number of times. He is the one that created the memorial in Mobile Alabama, Colorado North Face in Fruita, and Iberville, Louisiana, all seen elsewhere on the A Means to Heal. I am sure I have more memorials of Richard's than any other sculptor on this site. He is a 'Nam vet and is deeply involved in remembrance.

Next time, on the July 1st, we will take another look at Georgia, so, as always, join me there at 9:00am.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Delaware X

I came upon this memorial in Townsend, Delaware and while it is a multi-war, we are not forgotten.

Located on the corner of Commerce and Main Streets it shares the town with the nearby Fire Base Lloyd that I have written about elsewhere on this site.

There are no names upon our plaque and one hopes that means that Townsend lost none of her sons and daughters.

I could find no additional information about this site, so, if you know its story, I would love to hear it. You can always reach meat the email to the left of this page. I am surprised at how often I hear from somebody when I make this request.

Next time, on the 26th, we will return to Florida, so meet e there at 9:00am.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

California XXXII

In my ongoing quest to find and document Vietnam memorials throughout America, as I have said before, sometimes they seem to fall into a couple of standard, if you will, catagories. They are most often some version of a wall with names, buddies helping buddies, or chopper rescue, so, I am always looking for something different, too.

This memorial, while not exclusively Vietnam, caught my attention the last time I was in Los Angeles.

It is the bridge at Sepuldeva and Bonsall, one of the entrances to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

It has been painted with numerous faces of those that served, unit patches, and other appropriate symbols like the POW/MIA flag. In places, it appears to be a work still in progress.

If you are a long term reader of this site, you may recognize this guy. I have no idea who he is, but his face also appears on the Venice, California memorial, indicating, I think that the same artist is involved with each site.

This is a view from the Medical Center side of the bridge.

Even inside the wall are covered with pictures. Note the parachutist.

I found my two patches, U.S. Army Vietnam and 1st Logistical Command, called by many, The leaning Shit House.

The bridge is located on Sepuldeva at Bonsall Ave and you need to wonder around a bit to find it and a place to park, but it is really quite impressive.

Next time, on the 16th, we will return to Delaware, so, join me there at 9:00am.

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