The following information was compiled by Larry Matthews for an issue of the 155th AHC Association’s INCOMING publication. You may be interested in the Storytellers International produced Vietnam War documentary Escape from Firebase Kate to hear first hand from Veterans who survived a daring escape and evasion in Vietnam, 1969.
There are 58,393 names now listed on that polished black wall.
There are 3 sets of fathers and sons on The Wall.
39,996 on The Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on The Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on The Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.
31 sets of brothers are on The Wall.
For most Americans who read this, they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, brothers, and daughters There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Founder and President of Storytellers International, Inc. Director and Producer of Escape from Firebase Kate documentary film.