AV Wall Interesting Facts


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Interesting Wall Facts

As of May 30, 2017: There are 58,318 names on The Wall

  1. Vietnam Era: 1 Nov 1955 – 15 May 1975 (by Congress in 1999)
  2. At least one US Service member died in Vietnam every day from December 31, 1965 to December 9, 1970. A total of 1,804 days and 52,448 lives lost!
  3. 379 Names added since 1982
  4. There are 8 Females on the Wall all Nurses, 7 Army (1 KIA), 1 Air Force (7,484 Military women served in Vietnam, 6,250 were nurses.)
  5. There are 40 sets of Brothers on the Wall and 1 set of Step-Brothers
  6. There are 4 Fathers/Sons on the Wall – Including Richard B. Fitzgibbon III (02E, 077)         7-Sept-65 and Richard B Fitzgibbon Jr (52E, 021), 8-Jun-56
  7. There are 16 Chaplains on the Wall, 7 Catholic (2 Medal of Honor Recipients – MoH), 2 Jewish, 7 Protestant
  8. There are 10 Nurses on the Wall; 8 Female, 2 Male
  9. There are 1343 Army Medics on the Wall
  10. There are 691 Navy Corpsmen on the Wall
  11. There are 8 Coast Guard on the Wall
  12. Earliest to Die – Richard B Fitzgibbon Jr (52E, 021), 8-Jun-56
  13. Highest Casualty Day – 31-Jan-68, 246
  14. Highest Casualty Month – May-68, 2,416
  15. Highest Casualty Year – 1968, 16,916
  16. There are 76 Names on the Wall with ties to the Antelope Valley.
  17. MoH – 159, Total for Vietnam 259
    1. Army – 104
    2. Marine – 44
    3. Navy – 6
    4. Air Force – 5
  18. Native Americans – 227
  19. Oldest on Memorial – Frank Luther Huddleston (16E, 109), 12-Aug-02, 68 yrs old (added in 2003)
  20. Oldest to Die (Inco) – Kenna Clyde Taylor (07W, 082), 21-Sep-70, 62 yrs old
  21. Youngest – Dan Bullock (23W, 096), 7-Jun-69, 15.5 years old, Born: 21-Dec-53
  22. 13 Soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
  23. 3,135 Soldiers on the Wall were 18 years old.
  24. 8,341 Soldiers on the Wall were 19 years old.
  25. 40,394 Soldiers on the Wall were under 22 years old.
  26. 234 KIA Battle of the Ia Drang Valley: 14/18-Nov-65; Panel 3W, Line 48-100
  27. 135 Died USS Forrestal Fire: 29-Jul-67; Panel 34E, Line 13-47
  28. 41 KIA (3 MIA) SS Mayaguez Rescue: 13/15-May-75; Panel 1W, Line 124-132
  29. 5 KIA US Embassy Attack, Tet 1968: 31-Jan-68; Panel 36E, Line 5,24,33,3
  30. Panel 1E covers period from 8-Jul 1959 thru 6-June 1965; Panel 1W covers 15-Apr 1972 thru 15-May 1975
  31. 9 years covered on 1E and 1W. Other 7 years – 138 Panels
  32. 1968 alone requires 72 of 140 panels – first 37E and last 35W
  33. All of the names on The Wall were read aloud – in chronological order – during dedication, on 10th (1992), 20th (2002), 25th (2007) and 30th (2012) anniversaries.
  34. Larry E Smith and Larry E Smith are next to each other on Panel 14E, Line 109
  35. There are five (5) Smith’s in a row on Panel 38E, Line 14
  36. Billie J Williams and Billie J Williams are next to each other on Panel 1W, Line 94; there is a Billy Joe Williams on Panel 11W, Line 119
  37. Interesting Names on the Wall:
    1. WALERIJA CHULCHATSCHINOW  Panel 32E, Line 54
    2. JACKIE FRANKENSTEIN   Panel 59W, Line 2
    3. ARNOLD GARZA GARZA   Panel 12W, Line 48
    4. GARY G GRAY   Panel 19W, Line 119
    5. HOOD H HUNT   Panel 43E,  Line 23
    6. RANDOLPH THOMAS JEFFERSON Panel 52W, Line 44                                                                                                                    
    7. JIMMIE JACK JONES Jr.   Panel 13W, Line 92
    8. RONALD I Mc DONALD   Panel 11W, Line 3
    9. FRANCIS B MIDNIGHT   Panel 25E, Line 34
    10. ARTHUR JOHN RAMBO   Panel 16W, Line 126
    11. ROY R ROGERS   Panel 8E, Line 116
    12. ROY J ROGERS   Panel 13W, Line 55
    13. GARY L SARGENT   Panel 10E, Line 2
    14. KENNETH E SARGENT   Panel 3E, Line 104
    15. SIM S STEVERSON   Panel 31E, Line 89
    16. GREEN THOMAS   Panel 10W, Line 117
    17. FELIX F F LEYVA-PARRA-FRIAS Panel 17E, Line 125
    18. ABRAHAM TRUJILLO-TRUJILLO   Panel 36W, Line 24
    19. JUAN P VALDEZ   Panel 49E, Line 48
    20. GEORGE R WASHINGTON   Panel 35E, Line 36