Thursday, February 5, 2015

Idaho V

Brent Baumert died in Vietnam in 1966. He was a radioman for his company, was missing for a couple of days and was found dead.

His buddies, back in Twin Falls, wanted to build a memorial in his memory. As the plan progressed, three more names from the area came to light and it was decided to honor them as well as any future casualties.

Sadly, that number has grown to 17 and they are all listed, remembered, and honored on this memorial actually built by two of Baumert's friends.

It stands on the edge of Twin Falls City Park on the corner of 6th Street and Shoshone and was the first memorial to Vietnam in the state of Idaho.

As many of you know, I am involved in trying to create a memorial in my town. We have estimated that it might cost as much as 500,000 dollars. This memorial cost $500 and, as mentioned earlier,
was hand built by two people.

Dedicated on the town's 99th commemoration of  Memorial Day in 1967, it joins the list of very early remembrances and may actually be among the very first.

Next time, on the 10th, we return to Maine. Join me there at 9:00am for a new memorial to those lost in 'Nam.

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

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