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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Arizona XVIII

My last post from Arizona was about my visit to the Tohono O' Odham reservation in Sells. As I noted then the memorial is mostly still under construction but someone suggested I check out the local Office of Veterans Affairs, not far away.

There I met a really nice young woman who showed me the artist renditions of what the memorial would look like when completed.

 She also showed me these miniature mock-ups of the site.

The medallions all have a V marked in the center and what appear to be dates written on them. I called the office today and the lady I spoke with did not know the origin of these markings. She, also, told me that they had run into a number of difficulties and the memorial was still not completed. I hope they are able to work out the problems and get it completed.

We got to talking about all the Office did for vets on the reservation and she commented that they supply the headstones for deceased members of the tribe.

She showed me this one, that had recently arrived and was waiting to be placed.

Rest in peace, brother

I hope I will get back at some time and be able to photograph the final memorial and perhaps discover the meaning of the medallions.

Next time, on the 12th, we will revisit California, so join me then, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Alabama XIV

About 43 miles north of Anniston, we came upon Noccalula Falls Park, in fact, we nearly missed it because we had been given a different name.

Inside there is a very nice memorial to all who fought in and were lost in Vietnam.

The day was very bright and it was extremely difficult to get good pics on the sun side of the memorial, as you will see. I have always had a tough time countering glare on memorials.

It is kind of a paradox to me as many memorials are specifically designed to draw you in, reflect, become part of the memorial, but it makes them especially difficult to photograph for much of the day.

There are no names listed here, but the text on the front says:

 Into Vietnam went Brave and Patriotic men and women
Their motivation was not greed, was not power, was not heroism.
Their motivation was love of country, the love of family, 
and the belief that everyone should be free

That was their motivation

That was their strength

This noble passage is attributed to Sumner R. King and I can find not one word about him anywhere.

If you have any info, I would love to know it.

The back of  the memorial depicts POWs, the passing of time, and families waiting.

There are other memorials and many activities available in the park and is certainly well worth a visit. It is located at:

1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, Alabama

Next time, on the 7th, we return to Arizona, so join me there at 9:00am.

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