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Some facts about Viet Nam and The wall


* 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 36 years since the last casualties.
* Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end
of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E – May 25,
1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the
earth (numbered 70W – continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975.  Thus the war’s beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle’s open side and contained within the earth itself.
* 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 22 or younger.
* The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old.
* 3,103 were 18 years old.
* 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
* Five 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.
* 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall. Thirty one sets of
parents lost two of their sons.
* 54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School
in Philadelphia.
* Eight women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
* 244 soldiers earned the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam
War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
* Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost six 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 three returned home.
* 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. That’s 2,415 dead in a single month.

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men
stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

—– George Orwell



Thank You Note

Dear American Taxpayer
       I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars for my vacation in Spain.

My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven’t lived until you have stayed in a $2,500..00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel.

Thank you also for the u se of Air Force Two and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times. By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol, I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant in Marbella; great lobster with rice and oysters!

Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate according to Government Accounting Office reports) only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. These are only rough estimates, but they are close. That’s quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you find work soon.

I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. I just had to get away for a few days.


Michelle Obama

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION dollar trip to India !

P.S. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard; it was fabulous. And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our dog Bo to Martha’s Vineyard so we and the children could have him with us while we were away from the White House for eleven days.

P.SSS. Oh, I almost forgot to thank you all for our “date weekend” in New York and to say thanks also for our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000 square foot house was great!

And finally, thanks for asking, we had a great time taking Air Force One to Chicago to tape our segment with Oprah a couple weeks ago, replete with full security, a separate plane for armored limosines and a full contingent of assistants. 

And before I forget thank you for the $500,000 trip to Africa with my mom and the girls.

Remember we all have to share the pain of these economic times equally! Love to -redistribute- share- the wealth.