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U.S. Marines emerge from their muddy foxholes at sunrise after a third night of fighting against continued attacks of north Vietnamese 324 B division troops during the Vietnam War on Sept. 21, 1966. (AP Photo/Henri Huet)

These are some interesting statistics about the Vietnam War Memorial. I received this information via email from a veteran. (Vietnam). Thank you. 🙂

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 There are 58,267 names now listed 
on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the
order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the 
names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 57 years since the 
first casualty.

The first known casualty was 
Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. 
Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is 
listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard 
B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers 
and sons on the Wall.

 39,996 on the Wall were just 21 or 
younger.

8,283 were just 19 years 
old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 
18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 
years old.

 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 
years old.

 One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 
15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..

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31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison 
High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one
school.

8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing 
the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the 
Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the 
Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a 
population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest
casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on 
the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci – They
led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams 
that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever
known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, 
they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache 
National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci’s 
mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group 
in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966.
Only 3 returned home

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The Buddies of Midvale – LeRoy 
Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived 
on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and 
Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at 
the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a 
span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was 
killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. 
Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on 
Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, 
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The most casualty deaths for a 
single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a 
single month was May 1968 – 2,415 casualties were incurred.

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2 thoughts on “Interesting Veterans  Statistics and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

  1. Enlistment rallies. Well, I think I’d better look into those, wow. I do know that it took time (years) after Vietnam to totally intern grate our military into a total volunteer force. That’s daunting to think how that was done. Training differed, everything. One day soon I’ll be brave enough to research just how they did it.

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  2. Enlistment is a fervor that can be illustrated by a scene from All Quiet on the Western Front. The teacher can be the reason. He could talk up the war and the cause will get the group to enlist in mass. Remember in World War One and Two the enlistment was a major project. There were rallies.

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