Monday, June 29, 2015

South Carolina VI

Conway is in Horry County, South Carolina, not too far northwest of Myrtle Beach. At the corner of Elm and third stands this memorial to all those from the county that were lost.

As is so often the caw, additional names were found that should have been included on the face of the memorial. These names were added to the reverse side and upon inspection, I found something odd.

Note the last of the four names. He died in 1995. I do know of at least one case where a vet from Illinois was in a coma for 30 years and only, relatively recently added to the Illinois memorial in Springfield. I could find no information about this soldier, so I am counting on you to get in touch if you have any information. I have made this request before and have gotten details about other mysteries. So, folks, let me hear from you if you can help. I'd like to know and be able to tell his story

So, next time, on the 4th, look for a special post, at 9:00am as always.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

North Carolina IX

I am always pleased and often moved by what very small towns do for their vets, as I have said so many times before.

This memorial, simple, elegant stands on the grounds of the Library in Laurinburg, North Carolina. It contains no names just a wish to honor and remember the eight from Laurinburg who were lost in 'Nam.

The Library is located on W. Church Street.

Sometimes, there is just not too much to say, the memorial says it all.

Next time, on June 29th, we will head due south and  revisit South Carolina. So, meet me there at 9:00am, as usual.

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

New York VII

The Western New York Vietnam Monument is located on the water in Buffalo and is quite beautiful. On the corner of Erie Street and Marine Drive, it looks out over the water and honors 488 from western New York.

It was designed by a local artist, a Vietnam vet, whom I tried in vain to contact. Perhaps another time.

Oddly, the monument is so close to the water that it is a little hard to photograph. Try as I might, I could not get a complete, straight on picture, even with a fairly wide 18mm lens.

While trying to figure out how to get the best shot, I noticed that several ships were tied up at the dock and I thought if I could get on one of them, maybe I could get a better angle. I went over and talked to a guy on one of them and it turns out they were open to the public for a sizable fee. I told him what I was up to and he said "just re close anything you open" and let me proceed. A tip of the hat and my thanks to him.

From the very tip of the bow I was able to get the first shot you see in this series. Still not straight on, but I like it anyway. Below, the MIAs are given special attention at the site.

Closer inspection of the memorial showed this correction of some kind. It was difficult to tell exactly what happened, but obviously, something was changed at some point. Look closely at the word states to see.

I cannot say for sure but the soldier in the picture certainly could be Vietnamese and it seems fitting that we take a moment to remember their sacrifice as well as our own.

Next time, on the 24th, we will return to North Carolina to a small, local memorial in Laureinburg. Join me thee, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Mexico VIII

I have visited the Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque a number of times. The first time I visited the Vietnam memorial was either incomplete or under repair and not suitable for photos. The next time, it was snowing and I was able to get some interesting pics of the recently added statue, but not quite what I wanted. The next time, the site was complete, undamaged and it was not snowing. The following pictures are from this most recent visit.

The soldier here, kneels before a Field Cross, a tradition dating back to the Civil War. Someone had recently placed a small American flag on the statue.

 The face of loss and sorrow, universal to all, is captured, here, so remarkably by the sculptor.

This is the plaque on the wall seen in the first picture. It lists the names of the some 400 New Mexicans who were sacrificed in 'Nam. I know I said the site was undamaged, but on closer inspection there seems to be something missing here.

This plaque sits on the corner of the stone base and explains its color.

There are a number of these stiles explaining the history of the war. I found them to full of inaccuracies. I have no idea if these were just honest mistakes or further examples of the revisionist history that I find, all too often, in my travels. I hope they are just errors because I met some of the folks that run this place and they seem like great people.

There is more than enough here to go on and on, so I will come back to this wonderful site at a later time. this memorial sits among many others in this 25 acre park. It is filled with roses and tributes of many kinds. It can be found near Kirtland AFB at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque.

Join me on the 19th, when we will revisit New York, as always at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nevada IV

About 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas is Boulder City, the home of the Southern Nevada Memorial Cemetery. Within the cemetery there is a memorial garden which commemorates those who have been lost from our various involvements over the years. Nearly 6,000 are interred here and 10 of these, Vietnam vets, are honored, forever.

The main memorial to our brothers and sisters from 'Nam is a facsimile of The Wall. It is, of course much smaller and contains the names of those from the area. ( There is, also, a Northern cemetery that I will feature at another time. )

Each name is given its own panel which lists name, date of birth, date of loss, and hometown..

A couple of years ago I met the guy who actually perfected the mean of inscribing The Wall and in his business was a large piece from one of the panels. He explained that a number were damaged or broken during the process of creating them. Even though, this is the only other fragment I have in my travels.

As I was leaving the cemetery, I came upon this particularly beautiful memorial. It, clearly, is dedicated to all and is a beautiful and fitting tribute to those who serve. It surprises some folks how few actually do serve. the number varies, of course, according to the times and conflict, but in general it is usually well under 3% and most often about 1.5%.

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

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nebraska VIII

Falls City is in Richardson County which lies in the very southeast corner of Nebraska. It is bordered by Kansas to the south and Iowa to the east. It is famous for being a stop on the underground railroad.

This memorial sits on the grounds of the Richardson County Court House. I could, as is too often the case, find nothing specific about the building of the memorial, its history or story.

The site sits on a small rise at the rear of the Court House and could be easily missed if not taking care. Note the paraphrase of the Biblical verse on the bench.

Like so many places, this one combines many memorials in to one. Note the "Field Cross" to the left. the gear on this one denoted the middle east involvements.

The whole of Richardson County contains far fewer than 10,000 people and 5 of those are here, forever.

Here is an interesting tidbit. On a whim, I typed Robert C. Marrs into Google and could find nothing, so I went to The Virtual Wall site and found, there, that he is listed as Carl Robert Marrs. I asssume that the local folks got it right so it just goes to show that mistakes are still being made. I called the local Falls City Journal to see if I could get some info, but got no answer. If I learn anything new, I will certainly update here.

So, next time we will revisit Nevada, join me there on the 9th, as usual at 9:00am.

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