This is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, and most of the media have been making a pretty big hoo-hah about it. Well VFW Magazine did a piece about something else ... the 109 American troops who died while everyone was having fun in the mud. The story, written by Richard K. Kolb, is HERE.
Nonetheless, I thought of the best way to honor those 109 was to write their names down, so here they are.
The following names are located on Panel 19 West - Lines 43-64 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. They are listed as they appear on the Wall. They all died between August 15 and 18, 1969.
—James D. Anderson • Frank C. Armijo • John M. Bozinski • Roger D. Brown • Daniel E. Carey
—Tyrone Chatman • Ricky W. Church • Alejo Del Valle Sanchez • Chester L. Goins • Johnnie Graham, Jr.
—Vincent Shepersky • Jacky E. Landers • Richard D. Laxson • David B. Lentz • Michael L. Lewis
— Raymond Ligons • Raymond G. Masse • Joseph W. Mitchell • Terry K. McDonell • Earl J. Overacker
—Paul Ponce • Paul M. Roberts • Ronnie Lee Robertson • Robert H. Shields II • John G. Smith
—William H. Somerville • James Sprinkle • Boyd L. Whitted • Tommy Joe Berrier • William K. Blackburn
—George F. Bonnett • John M. Davis • Israel Esparza • Mark W. Eveland • Jerry A. Frakes
—Clifford M. Gibson • William S. Heidler • Lawrence J. Humphrey • Thomas D. Jones • William N. LaGrone
—Rodney D. Little • Michael D. Muse • Clifford P. McCrary • Arturo A. Nazbal, Jr. • Samuel H. Pierce, Jr.
—Ronald E. Shipley • Charles L. Troxel • Eugene Tucker • John E. Wibbens • Terry Lee Barr
—Carl C. Bates, Jr. • Curtis Bowman • Gerald L. Caton • Kim M. Diliberto • David A. Gay
—Frank A. Frangella • Gregory J. Gee • William P. Gooding • Paul R. Hopkins • Chalmers C. Humphreys
—James R. Hurst • Donald James, Jr. • Frederick Mezzatesta • George L. Miner • Steven M. Mioyke
— Ronald W. Panno • Matthew Peterson • Clifford Seals • Vernon D. Southerland • Ronald D. Tillery
—Daniel R. Turner • Jayson F. Ulrich • Jay D. Webster, Jr. • Douglas W. Wilkie • Scott E. Wise
—Howard C. Ard • Norman D. Auten • Donald R. Barrett • William J. Bassignani • Newton T. Bell, Jr.
—Howard R. Bruckner • Daniel R. Davis • Mario P. DeLeon • Stanley H. Dickerson • Robert H. Donaway
— Rodney L. Engel • Robert A. Fox • Rigoberto Gomez-Diaz • Mark W. Grigsby • George A. Guy
—Gary W. Harvey • Gerald A. Henry • Edwin C. Hockenberry • James G. Hodgskin, Jr. • James W. Kirksey
—David Lewis • Vincent T. Masciale • Douglas C. Merrill • Vincent J. Musco • Francis McLaughlin
—Robert K. Spillner • BEnny B. Parker • Bobby Riddle • John C. Rodgers • Edwin J. Smolarek Jr.
—Richard W. Nelson • Thomas Stradtman • David R. Tibbetts • Paul W. Vanderbroom, Jr. • Gary E. Young.