Reared Jehovah' s Witness, But Joined Marines

by Kenneson 10 Replies latest jw friends

  • bikerchic

    In honor of Memorial Day here in the US I thought I would bring this thread back to the top with an update.

    Ten years ago I had a chance to trace my brother's name from the Moving Wall a tribute to Vietnam Veterans and a Memorial. Tomorrow I will go visit it again and do another tracing as it's here in the city I'm now living in.

    If you ever have a chance to have this traveling wall come near you it's really a must see. I was totally blown away when I saw it for the first time, it was overwhelming to say the least. I hear the big Wall in Washington DC is quite an emotional experience for those who see it and it's one of the most visited sites in DC. I'm sure tomorrow will be a pretty emotional experience again.

    A few facts off the pamphlet;

    The first date listed on the Wall is 1959 and goes through 1975.

    The first two names on the wall are Dale R. Buis and Chester R. Ovnand, killed July 8, 1959 in Bien Hoa while watching a movie in a mess tent.

    It was learned after the dedication of the Memorial in November 1982 that Captain Harry Cramer had been killed in action in 1957. His name has been added to the Memorial, but it was impossible to change the 1959 date to 1957.

    1975 was the year the last 18 casualties occurred. The 18 were casualties on May 15 during the operation to rescue the U.S. freighter mayaguez and it's crew.

    My brothers name can be found on Panel 08W--Line123 one of 58,195 other names listed.

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