Saturday, December 04, 2010

Virtual Vietnam Wall

Another of life’s humbling experiences….names and people once known who sacrificed all for us!!

Vietnam Wall

First click on a state.  When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.  Then click on their names.  It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

This really is an amazing web site.  Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.

The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes  Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.  Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.

I checked the wall and under Downingtown, PA is my former classmate from Downingtown High School Class of 1959.  His name was Kenny Van Lew.  I did not know he died in Vietnam when I attended my 20th and first class reunion in 1979.  I wanted to kid him about the schoolboy fight we got into outside Mrs. Rodgers's Science class.  We both ended up in the principal's office and had to explain ourselves.  When one of my classmates told me that Kenny had died in Viet Nam I felt a sense of guilt.  I don't know exactly why but I did feel a sense of uneasiness.  Maybe it was because I knew in my heart that Vietnam was a useless war only fought to save face for our political leaders in this country.  I am sorry that Kenny lost his life but I value his sacrifice for our country.  

Rest in peace Kenny.  I'll see you again sometime and we'll talk about that "fight."

1 comment:

  1. I am glad for the virtual wall; thank you for tell us about its existence.


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