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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memories - Revision II and Final?


I have wanted to make a special post for today but just ran out of time and energy, mostly energy! Donna and I are currently with my daughter and her family enjoying an extended weekend. We have been doing all of the usual things plus we were in two parades. Tonight Ellisa's husband Matt cooked out on his new grill and we really had some fine grub.

So to honor the spirit of the day I have extracted most of the following from a posting which I made last year on another blog. It expresses my feelings as truly today as it did then.


"I have been struggling for a week or so regarding Memorial Day and my feelings regarding it. It seems to get harder each year for me to reflect upon it. Several times I have driven to DC and visited the Wall on Memorial Day early in the morning before all of the hullabaloo starts. During my 20 plus years in the Army I belonged to the Army Security Agency which was staffed by a small group of individuals that were assigned to a very limited group of units throughout their entire careers. As a result I often worked with the same folks over and over at different locations. Friendships developed that were sort of like a family.

During the Vietnam era I lost several of these friends. I have intended to put up a memorial page for some time now. Although there are other memorial sites for these hero's somehow I think it will be cathartic if I create one also. If I do I want it to be just right, so I just haven't gotten it done, and this leaves me feeling a bit guilty.

While I enjoy the opportunity to spend extra time with members of my biologically family I mourn for those from this extended family, so it's a weekend of mixed feelings. But The Lord knows my needs and helps me to deal with these issues."

This is the official list, but I think that others should be added.




SP4 James T. Davis
3rd Radio Research Unit
22 Dec 1961
"Tom" Davis was the first American killed in ground combat in RVN

PFC Donald R. Taylor
3rd Radio Research Unit
9 Feb 1964


SP4 Arthur Glover
3rd Radio Research Unit
9 Feb1964

SSG Robert F. Townsend
10th Radio Research Unit
4 Nov 1965

SSG Donald D. Daugherty
3d Radio Research Unit
13 Apr 1966

Lt William E. Leatherwood Jr.
8th Radio Research FS
17 Feb 1966

CPT James D. Stallings
337th Radio Research Co
25 Sep 1966

1LT John F. Cochrane
409th Radio Research Det
24 Oct 1966

SFC John F. Stirling
335th Radio Research Co
8 Mar 1967

SP5 William L. Stewart Jr.
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 Richard G. Feruggia
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 Terrance H. Larson
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 Robert D. Nelson
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 Joseph P. Rowly
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 John D. Saville Jr.
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SP4 Ronald A. Villardo
8th Radio Research FS
8 Oct 1967

SFC Robert D. Taylor
335th Radio Research Co
26 Nov 1967

SGT Diego Ramirez Jr.
335th Radio Research Co
26 Nov 1967

SP5 Michael P. Brown
335th Radio Research Co
26 Nov 1967

WO1 Milton Warren Smith
138TH Avn Co (RR)
29 Dec 1967

WO1 Jonathan P. Shaffer
138TH Avn Co (RR)
29 Dec 1967

CPT John M. Casey
371st Radio Research Co
25 Mar 1968

SP4 Christopher Schramm
371st Radio Research Co
13 May 1968

SP4 Jeffrey W. Haerle
372d Radio Research Co
13 May 1968

SP5 Samuel C. Martin
101st Radio Research Co
17 May 1968

SGT Thomas J. Tomczak
403d Special Opns Det
23 Jul 1968

SP5 Harold Biller
175th Radio Research Co
25 Feb 1969

SP5 Harold J. Colon
409th Radio Research Det
21 Jun 1969

CW2 Jack K. Knepp
371st Radio Research Co
29 Nov 1969

WO1 Dennis D. Bogle
371st Radio Research Co
29 Nov 1969

SP4 James R. Smith
371st Radio Research Co
29 Nov 1969

PFC Henry N. Heide II
371st Radio Research Co
29 Nov 1969

SP4 Robert E. Dew
330th Radio Research Co
30 Aug 1970

SP5 Carl H. Caccia
404th Radio Research Det
21 Feb 1971

SP5 Robert J. Thelen
404th Radio Research Det
21 Feb 1971

SP5 Robert J. Potts
404th Radio Research Det
21 Feb 1971

SP5 Mitchell B. Smith
404th Radio Research Det
21 Feb 1971

WO1 Paul V. Black
371st Radio Research Co
1 Mar 1971

WO1 Robert D. Uhl
371st Radio Research Co
1 Mar 1971

SP5 Gary C. David
371st Radio Research Co
1 Mar 1971

SP4 Frank A. Sablan
371st Radio Research Co
1 Mar 1971

CPT Michael W. Marker
138th Avn Co (RR)
4 Mar 1971

WO1 Harold L. Algaard
138th Avn Co (RR)
4 Mar 1971

SP6 John T. Strawn
138th Avn Co (RR)
4 Mar 1971

SP5 Richard J. Hentz
138th Avn Co (RR)
4 Mar 1971

SP5 Rodney D. Osborne
138th Avn Co (RR)
4 Mar 1971

SP5 Larry P. Westcott
8th Radio Research FS
30 Mar 1972

SP5 Bruce A. Crosby Jr.
8th Radio Research FS
30 May 1972


A colleague from my days working as an electronics instructor sent me this link to a "Battle Hymn of the Republic" presentation by public school children. I found it inspiring, perhaps all hope for our country is not yet gone!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Larry: I don't think all hope is gone even though it may seem like it with the present party in office. We will prevail!!!!!!!! Glad to hear you guys had such a nice weekend with the kids. Dot