Friday, August 12, 2022

New Jersey XXXII

This is my 32nd post from New Jersey and like so many recently it will feature faces from the memorial at Elizabeth.

According to the "Wall of Faces" Elizabeth lost 28 of her citizens but the memorial which you can see here, lists 30: they are all represented by these two faces.


I've been writing these posts for 13 years now and it seems that getting the numbers right on any particular site is a never ending task. I've written a couple of times about the exact numbers being in question and that the DoD and VVMF joined for a four year audit of records verses names on The Wall in an effort to get it correct. As of the last time I checked the current number is 58,281. This number is updated as needed. I often wonder if we have added the last name.

Next time, on the 17th, we will revisit New Mexico, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else.

Send them to Ldddad@comcast.net or to the email on the left of this page.

Thank you

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Nebraska XVII

So, I seem to have messed up on my post timing, not sure what went wrong. but now we are back on track. 

Again I find myself searching for anything to write about here and, once again, find myself looking at faces.

Today, I return to Nebraska to find a few and I admit that they may not be the best pictures you will find on this site. They were all taken before the idea for the Faces of Remembrance series ever occurred to me. So, they are taken from larger pics and sites and in some cases I cannot swear that they are actually faces of our fellow soldiers from 'Nam, but perhaps more generalized representatives of all those who who stood up and made the sacrifices and "wrote the check" asked for by our country.

I was on the road this week and found a couple of sites in West Virginia and one in Maryland, so more traditional memorials are coming in the not too distant future.

For now, these.

 




These pics, such as they are, come from Omaha, North Bend, and Auburn, Nebraska, respectively.

So, next time, on the 12th, we will take another look at New Jersey, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mississippi VII

I have written several times over the course of this effort about the very first memorial I ever photographed. If you simply click on Mississippi on the left side of this page you will find several posts about it.

Today, like the last time I wrote about Mississippi, I am going to feature a few more of the faces from their memorial.




There are few words to be said here. If I had been more certain of how this journey was going to unfold, I might have thought to find out more about the individual faces seen here and elsewhere, but I did not.

So, I throw it out to you. Anyone from Mississippi, or anywhere else for that matter, know these guys? If so, you can reach me at the email to the left. Sometimes I hear from some of you and I am always delighted to hear your thoughts, stories, and in some cases, corrections.

Next time, on the 2nd, we will return to Nebraska for a few more Faces of Remembrance, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Michigan X

Back in March I wrote a post about the service and sacrifice of the many women who served in Vietnam. I was having trouble with my computer that day and the pictures would not post and I promised to return to the issue. You can read that post here.

Today, I have high hopes that the pics will post and our courageous comrades will get some of the respect they so rightly deserve.

This face comes from the lone statue in Heck Park in Monroe, Michigan. As I have stated before, our women comrades are usually depicted as nurses and truthfully all of those who are included on The Wall were.If you go back and read the post from last March listed above, you will  see so many more that perished in our efforts in 'Nam. But, here you will notice that he woman whose face is featured is dressed in flight gear, still a nurse I am sure, but, uniquely attired.

Here is her face.

This “Women Who Served” Monument was added in the spring of 2008. The plaque describes the various roles (non-combatant) that women played during the war in Vietnam and describes the similarities of what they had to endure alongside of the men. Of the thousands who served, there are eight women’s names on The Wall in Washington D.C., but, 56 more died in service to the people of Vietnam.

The plaque below the statue reads:

Next time, on the 28th, we will return to Mississippi, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Monday, July 18, 2022

Massachusetts XXXIII

It is interesting to me how the faces of our soldiers are depicted in memorials. As you know, if you have followed this site at all, I have spent considerable time sharing some of these with you.

Today, I have one, from Massachusetts, that is located in Dedham. The memorial, if memory serves me, is located in a cemetery and you can see the original post here.

These depictions, as we have seen, range from the most lifelike to the most simple, caricatures, if you will, that represent all as opposed to those that seem to be, but usually are not, actual people.

It is striking, even in these less human-like forms, how the artist is still able to capture the reality of how so many felt. In what is little more than a line drawing we can still feel the sadness, fatigue and resignation in this soldiers face.

We rarely see women depicted in our memorials except as nurses rendering aid to a fallen solder, next time, on the 23rd, we will see something just a little different, so join me then, as always, at 9:00 am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Maryland XXXV

It reinforces my seemingly never ending scrounge through my photos to actually find something that I have not posted. I was really, really surprised to find this memorial from Hancock, Maryland, as it was one of my very early trips and I was absolutely sure I had posted it at the time.

I began this journey in late 2009 and these pics were taken in the summer of 2010, so pretty early.

 

So, the Hancock memorial is dedicated to what are often referred to as the 20th Century Wars and nearby there is a marker to the Civil War. I don't know why this one stands separate unless it was added later, perhaps. A plaque specific to Vietnam is placed on the rear of the wall along with a listing of names.

Many names are listed here as having served. On the rear of this wall is a plaque to Vietnam.



"IN MEMORY OF ALL VIETNAM VETERANS

This memorial was erected in memory of the young individuals who went to war as kids and lost their youthful dreams, and some their lives, for a cause - freedom and honor - and came back as men with the horrors of war instilled in every fiber of their being and were never given the respect and honor they so dearly deserved from the public or the United States government.

God will one day judge our actions. Until then, he will shine on the lives of each veteran now and forever more because He was with them in Vietnam. He is the only One that truly knows what they went through and are living with every day."

The names of those who served are listed here, too. 

Otto P. Barnhart seems to be the only one lost according to the information here. I also noted several women's names and five people named McCarthy. I wonder if they are all related in some way?

As you know if you follow this site at all, I am a sucker for statues and this one is poignant due to the familial theme. This was taken well before I had the Faces of Remembrance concept in mind, so I did not take the portraits required to feature what are probably valuable views of grief. Perhaps I will get back to Hancock at some point.

The memorial is located in Widmeyer Park, just off W. Main Street.

Next time, on the 18th, we will take a quick, one stop return to Massachusetts, so meet me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Louisiana


So, once again, faces. these are a little different as they are all likenesses of actual people.

The first is of the gentleman from Iberville whose story was told previously on this site. You can read that story here, and I recommend that you do take the time, it is really quite a story.

The second face is that is taken from a photograph at the Gonzales memorial, another very extensive and interesting site. See more here.


The final is from a small memorial at the University of Louisiana to Capt. Stephen Bennett, a Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life for his friend. See more of his story here.

It is unusual, at least in my experience, to find these memorials where each of those honored are also actually identifies, at least in picture. The first two of today's faces names are unknown to me, but well known to others and I am thrilled to share their stories with you.

Next time, on the 13th, we will venture back to Maryland, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Illinois XVII

So, as you can see if you follow along on this journey, I am still searching through files trying to find something to share with you. As I do this, I am reinforced in the thought that I really must find a means to get past my concern about airports. I have no real issues anymore about hotels and I am convinced that the airlines are doing a good job of keeping the planes safe, but I've found no way to determine what the actual airports are doing. I remain concerned. 

All of this is by way of explaining why so many of my recent posts have been in the Faces of Remembrance series. I am running out of posts about memorials. I have a few left from a few states but overall my cache is running low.

Today's faces come from Havana, Illinois. They are etchings on the memorial there which you can take a look at here. It is interesting to me that they are directly across the street from the shop window display of so many faces in actual photographs from Mason County, You can see some of them here.




Even in these caricatures one can see the resignation, fatigue, and sadness of these, who represent us all.

Next time we will revisit Louisiana to see additional Faces from a couple of different memorials. So, join me, at 9:00am on the 8th, to honor our valiant comrades.

Tomorrow is Independence Day, so along with cook-outs, parades, and fireworks, take just a moment to remember those who have fought and died to retain our independence.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Georgia XXI

While visiting Fort Gordon, Georgia a while back they had a mock up of The Wall on display. As you approached it there were a couple of smaller memorials there, too, all too Vietnam. You can check out a previous post here.

One of these had a number of faces on it and it was a bit different because all these faces were from photographs.

Most of the faces in my on going feature, Faces of Remembrance are carved in stone, or brass in some cases or molded in copper, etc. but, these are something you don't often see: taken from actual pictures.

I will feature a few of them today.

A single, unidentified solder, perhaps lost.


As always, I will include a picture of a dog when possible. I've mentioned before how many of our faithful companions were left behind in 'Nam to fend for themselves. As horrible as I think that is, at least we have changed that policy today. You can read a bit more about that here.

Next time, on July 3rd, we will revisit Illinois, so join me there, as usual, 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.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Florida XXV

 

I have written before about the remarkable Veterans memorial in Santa Rosa County, Florida. It has many unique components and you can read that post here.

Today, once more, I as concentrating on the soldiers, the lost and those who mourn them.

This face, taken from the statue called, "The Warrior" is center state of the Santa Rosa memorial. His face, looking down at the dog tags in his hand, says it all.

The following was taken directly from the Santa Rosa County website:

The Warrior

"The Warrior will be a bronze statue that is approximately 7 feet tall on a 30-inch pedestal, placed in the center of the plaza. He will be leaning on his weapon as though he has come out of battle. He has lost some of his fellow soldiers. His face expresses the agony of war. In his left hand he is holding dog tags that he has taken from one of his fallen buddy’s neck. The Warrior is reflecting on his loss. On The Warrior’s base the inscription reads: “Fallen, Never Forgotten.”

Someday, I may do a separate series highlighting all the faces in one place, but for now, I will simply ask you to join me on the 28th, at 9:00am, as always. We will be revisiting Georgia for more Faces of Remembrance heroes, so meet me there. This time for actual photographs of the heroes.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Delaware XXI

 

Dover AFB in Delaware is, perhaps, best known as the place where soldiers, lost in battle, are finally brought home. 

The last time I visited, seeking a memorial that I had read about, I was unable to locate it. I gave up and headed home, but before I left I pulled into a post gas station. While there I got talking to the clerk and he said that he worked, during the day, at the post air museum and that the memorial was just outside the building. He told me where it was but by this time it was just too dark to go find it.

So, I left, but now with hope of being able to return.

Today,(6/15/22) I returned.

I found the museum which is actually located off the post, but very near by. The museum itself is not too big but did have a small reference to 'Nam. This Vietnam Airlift building was set up at the rear of the museum in among the various airplanes on display.


This map was inside the small display building
 

Just out side the building was the promised memorial.

The memorial Wall is seen just on the middle left of this picture.
 

It is, however, a general memorial to many. Vietnam, nor any other war is specifically mentioned, except on this one which mentions Korea

However, some of the pavers on the plaza and the long walkway approaching the Wall do honor some who served in 'Nam.

The plaque on the Wall lists only the names of donors.




 

Surrounding the flag area are a number of small stones dedicated to various
air groups that have served our country, but, once again, they are not too specific about particular wars. Meaning, I suppose that they served in several.

These guys served all over, including 'Nam.

After leaving the museum and memorial area, I wanted to head over to the Center for Grieving Families, but more on that next time I write about Delaware.

Next time, on the 23rd, we will revisit Florida, so join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Colorado XXXIV

Drew Dix is an American hero. One of the 248 who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam.

His statue is among other awardees, from other wars, in Pueblo, Colorado and I have tried, here, to add his face to the ongoing series I call Faces of Remembrance. These pictures were taken before I envisioned this effort, so are taken from lager photos, hence the quality suffers some. 

His deeds, however, are crystal clear and speak for themselves.


Below is the official citation of his bravery, gallantry, and just plain decency in aiding those in need.

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SSG. Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit adviser. Two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the Province capital city of Chau Phu resulting in the complete breakdown and fragmentation of the defenses of the city. SSG. Dix, with a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers, was recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Learning that a nurse was trapped in a house near the center of the city, SSG. Dix organized a relief force, successfully rescued the nurse, and returned her to the safety of the Tactical Operations Center. Being informed of other trapped civilians within the city, SSG. Dix voluntarily led another force to rescue eight civilian employees located in a building which was under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. SSG. Dix then returned to the center of the city. Upon approaching a building, he was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machine gun fire from an unknown number of Viet Cong. He personally assaulted the building, killing six Viet Cong, and rescuing two Filipinos. The following day SSG. Dix, still on his own volition, assembled a 20-man force and though under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other adjacent buildings within the city. During this portion of the attack, Army Republic of Vietnam soldiers inspired by the heroism and success of SSG. Dix, rallied and commenced firing upon the Viet Cong. SSG. Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. He then attacked enemy troops who had entered the residence of the Deputy Province Chief and was successful in rescuing the official's wife and children. SSG. Dix's personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians. The heroism of SSG. Dix was in the highest tradition and reflects great credit upon the U.S. Army."

As I have traveled the country I have found that several states, four I think, actually claim Mr. Dix as their own. He was born in New York, but was raised in Pueblo and I am not sure of the connection to other states.

He attempted to join the Special Forces upon enlisting at 18 years old but was considered too young. Three later he was accepted to this elite force.

He was later given a promotion to officer status and retired years later as a Major.

Mr. Dix was the first Special Forces member to be a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Next time, I hope to have found something new in Delaware. Check back on the 18th, as always, at 9:00am, to see how that worked out.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

California XL


Coronado Island is not actually an island, but a peninsula. I could find no explanation for why it is called an island. That, however is neither here nor there. It is a remarkably beautiful place with some of the world's finest beaches and is the home to the famous Hotel del Coronado and just two miles from San Diego.

It is, also, home to the Coronado Amphibious Naval Base and the site of a beautiful memorial to the 2,564 Navy and Coast Guard members who gave their lives in Vietnam. Most of these in what is called the Brown Water Navy. 

I have written before about how I served in the Brown Water Navy, even as a Army member. We trained at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and at Norfolk Navy Base. Running up and down the Mekong River, we were basically unarmed and were often escorted by our better armed, Navy comrades. The PBRs had many other duties, but we were always grateful for their presence and support.

The memorial on the base is quite magnificent and I have posted previously about some of its components. You can see that post here.

 Today, we will concentrate on the main memorial.

 



The names of these honored fallen are listed on several of these plaques attached to The Wall.


The memorial is located near the intersection of Tulagi Road and Rendova Circle on CISM Field.

Note:  If you do not have a DoD ID card, you must make previous arrangements to enter the Base. See Their web page for directions.

Next time, on the 13th, we will return to Colorado, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Arizona XXX

So, today we have another of my dilemmas that I hope you can help me figure out.

I was, as so often now, looking through files and ran across this picture. My notes say that I have worked on it in the past, but I can find nothing that tells me just where it is located. Except for the fact that the file it was in is labeled Arizona.

So, if you can, help me out here. Anyone from Arizona know this memorial?

I had planned to write about something else today but this caught my attention and i would really like to know more about it. I searched all relevant files and can not find any other matching or even similar pictures.

So, come on AZ help me out!

Hope I hear from someone, you have so often come through in the past.

Next time, on the 8th, we will take another trip to California, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Memorial Day 2022

This weekend, as we gather with friends and family to celebrate Memorial Day, let us not forget the reason. Memorial Day began after the Civil War, as Decoration Day, and has gone through a number of changes over the years. What does not change is the devastating price paid by the few for so many. I found this sign in Heck Park in Monroe County, Michigan. I have written about the Park in previous posts, but I wanted to post this image on this day, May 29. Tomorrow is the original Memorial Day and even though we celebrate it, now, on the last Monday in May, May 30 will always be the "real" memorial day for many of us. This year, 2022, we happen to have the dates sync up correctly. The sign is old enough that nothing after Vietnam has been included, but it still delivers a sobering message even if the years of our involvement in 'nam are off by nearly 10.

Take a minute today to remember and read a fascinating history of Memorial Day at;

http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html  

Also, it seems that Rolling to Remember (formerly Rolling Thunder) is alive and well and making a strong comeback in D.C. this weekend.

I just read that, now, 40 years after it was built, the The Wall is still the number 1 tourist attraction in Washington DC  visited by five million people a year.

Welcome brothers and sisters!

Next time, on the 3rd of June, we will revisit Arizona, so join me then at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Alaska XII

In traveling around the country I have come upon varied and interesting sites and it is true that not every single one of them honors only Vietnam and our brothers and sisters that served, were lost, or missing.

Alaska as I have mentioned previously does not seem to have many Vietnam memorials. I was once told that this is because the state does not want to single out a particular war or Service for special recognition.

As you know, if you have been following this effort, that this is mostly true. However, their answer to their desire to honor Alaskans that have served is to have built the memorial found on the highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks within Denali Park.

At mile marker 147.1 on the Park Highway is the memorial and I have written about it elsewhere on this site and today I want to just share the faces found here. You can find the earlier post here.

 

What I find striking about these faces is how little of them you actually can see. It makes me wonder if this is purposeful, creating an anonymity of sorts so as to, once again single out no one. Just a thought.

These faces do seem to differ quite a bit from the one I found in Nome.

Nome, 2020

While these may seem like a bit of a stretch for a Vietnam post, Alaska makes it quite clear that these are meant to represent all soldiers from the 49th state.

Next time, on the 29th , I hope to have something up for Memorial Day. Join me then at 9:00am.

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


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Wisconsin XIII

 

Neillsville has one of the most interesting and expansive memorials that I have visited. What began as a remembrance for those lost or missing in Vietnam, it has expanded to include many others from other wars. You can take a look at previous posts here and several other post all listed under Wisconsin.

Today, as is so often the case these days, I want to concentrate on some of the other faces from this remarkable site.Some of these are from the 'nam section of the memorial, others , I cannot swear to that, but they are all of soldiers and those touched by war who are not soldiers, but loved ones.

This is the weary face of a Nurse, definitely from 'nam.

 The face of a soldier aiding a fallen buddy.

The buddy.

Family, the other victims of war.

The Highground in Neillsville is a magnificent place. Located in the geographical center of Wisconsin it is available to all Wisconsinites in a one day trip. For the rest of us it is located at: W7031 W Ridge Rd, Neillsville, WI 54456.

It is open 24/7 and is free to all. Go see it! 

Next time, on the 24th, we will return to Alaska, so join me there at 9:00am.

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