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11th Light Infantry Brigade

Vietnam War Facts & Stats



The following information are statistics and facts that surround the Vietnam War.

Facts

    Number of living whose names are etched on The Wall in error? TWELVE!
    The youngest Vietnam KIA is believed to be Dan Bullock at 15 years old.
    The oldest person on the Wall is Dwaine McGriff at 63 years old.
    At least 5 men killed in Vietnam were 16 years old.
    At least 12 men killed in Vietnam were 17 years old.
    There are 120 persons who listed foreign countries as their home of record.
    At least 25,000 of those killed were 20 years old or younger.
    More than 17,000 of those killed were married.
    Number of Chaplains on the Wall -- 16 (2 Medal Of Honor)
    Number of Women on the Wall -- 8 (7 Army, 1 USAF - 7,484 served)
    There are 226 Native Americans on the Memorial.
    There are 22 countries represented on the Memorial.
    Most common name on the Memorial "Smith" with 667 veterans.
    The most casualties for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 casualties.
    The most casualties for a single month was May 1968, 2,415 casualties were incurred.

Largest per-capita loss

Beallsville, Ohio (pop. 475) gained unwanted national attention between 1966 and 1971 by having suffered the largest per-capita loss of life in the Vietnam War. Six young men lost their lives in the war, a terrible and profound loss for this small town.

Highest State Casualties

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The state had 711 casualties -- 39.9 deaths per 100,000 people. Oklahoma had the second-highest casualty rate.

Highest High School Casualties

Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia sustained the largest number of Vietnam war casualties of any high school in the nation with 54.

The Marines of Morenci

They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home. Robert Dale Draper, 19, was killed in an ambush. Stan King, 21, was killed less than a week after reaching Vietnam. Alfred Van Whitmer, 21, was killed while on patrol. Larry J. West, 19 was shot near Quang Nam.
Jose Moncayo, 22, was part of an entire platoon wiped out. Clive Garcia, 22, was killed by a booby trap while leading a patrol.

The Buddies from Midvale

LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Three hallmark all-American days. Three more names to be placed on the The Wall.

The First and the Last

The first American soldier killed in the Vietnam War was Air Force T-Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. He is listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having a casualty date of June 8, 1956. His name was added to the Wall on Memorial Day 1999. First battlefield fatality was Specialist 4 James T. Davis who was killed on December 22, 1961. The last American soldier killed in the Vietnam War was Kelton Rena Turner, an 18-year old Marine. He was killed in action on May 15, 1975, two weeks after the evacuation of Saigon, in what became known as the Mayaguez incident. Others list Gary L. Hall, Joseph N. Hargrove and Danny G. Marshall as the last to die in Vietnam. These three US Marines Corps veterans were mistakenly left behind on Koh Tang Island during the Mayaguez incident. They were last seen together but unfortunately to date, their fate is unknown. They are located on panel 1W, lines 130 - 131. The last pilot casualty in the country of Vietnam occured during the Embassy evacuation in Saigon, William C. Nystal and Michael J. Shea both died on the helicopter on April 30, 1975 approaching the USS Hancock in the China Sea (both are located at 1W, 124). The last pilot killed in the Vietnam war was Air Force helicopter pilot Second Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer who was killed on Koh Tang Island, Cambodia. This occured during the Mayaguez incident when his helicopter crashed on May 15, 1975. It is concidered the last combat action of the Vietnam War.

Buddies

Steven E. Amescua and Anthony J. Blevins joined the Marine Corp on the buddy plan. Steven was KIA May 15, 1968 and Anthony was KIA August 23, 1968. John A. Jensen and Charles D. Turnbough were buddies who graduated from high school together and joined the Marines together. John was KIA August 27, 1967 and Charles was KIA three days later on August 30, 1967.

Sgt. Robert G. Davison

Sgt. Davison of Muskegon, Michigan joined the Marine Corp at the age of 14. He had four years of service in the Marines when he was shipped to Vietnam at age 18. Robert was KIA on Dec 17, 1966 one day before his 19th birthday.

Corporal William T. Perkins Jr.

Corporal Perkins Jr. of Sepulveda, California was a Marine combat photographer. He is the only military photographer to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was killed in action on October 12, 1967.

Corporal Thomas W. Bennett

Corporal Bennett of Morgantown, West Virginia was a U.S. Army medic and was the only conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam war. He was killed in action on February 11, 1969.

Step Brothers

Richard Earl Sipes and Raymond Omer Kincannon were step brothers and raised together in Chula Vista, CA. They were both killed in Vietnam. Richard on Dec 29, 1966 and Raymond on April 1, 1968.

Father & Sons

Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. was killed June 08, 1956 his son Richard B. Fitzgibbon III was KIA September 07, 1965. Leo Hester Sr. Died March 10, 1967 in a aircraft crash his son Leo Hester Jr. was KIA November 02, 1969 also in a aircraft crash. Fred C. Jenkins Died April 2, 1968, his son Bert M. Jenkins was KIA April 28, 1969. (unconfirmed)

Father not on The Wall with Son

Although both father and son served in Vietnam during the same time frame, the father is not on the Memorial. Lt. Rex Chrisman, US Navy, died of a heart attack while assigned on the USS Estes that was being serviced in Bangkok. The ship was waiting for its next maneuver to the China Sea. His son, PFC Rex G. Chrisman took his father back home for burial. Returning to Vietnam, Rex was killed a month later.

Brothers

These are brothers that were both killed in Vietnam.

    Charles and Philip Tank - Charles on April 19, 1969 Philip on September 12, 1968.
    Kenneth and Paul Olenzuk - Kenneth on December 25, 1967 and Paul on August 10, 1968
    Marlin and Norman Eversgerd - Marlin on March 19, 1967 and Norman on August 18, 1968
    Bennett and Dennis Herrick - Bennett on March 25, 1968 and Dennis on August 02, 1970
    Gabriel and Paul Trujillo - Gabriel on February 23, 1971 and Paul on November 04, 1971
    Benjamin and Francisco Montano - Francisco on April 08, 1967 and Benjamin on May 15, 1969
    James and John Rowden - James on March 05, 1966 and John on February 10, 1968
    Michael and William Francis - Michael on September 30, 1967 and William on March 09, 1970
    Robert and Steven Gaftunik - Robert on August 25, 1969 and Steven on March 27, 1968
    Rudy and Stanley Sagon - Rudy on December 10, 1965 and Stanley on May 20, 1966
    Robert and Phillip Wyatt - Robert on July 10, 1967 and Phillip on May 28, 1968
    Samuel and William Nixon - Samuel on March 21, 1968 and William on May 8, 1968
    John and David Banks - John on March 28, 1966 and David on April 21, 1969
    George and James Wright - George on May 21, 1967 and James on May 31, 1969
    Donald and Cordis White - Donald on March 5, 1967 and Cordis on September 18, 1969
    Clyde and Edward Withee - Clyde on February 5, 1966 and Edward on October 6, 1970
    Richard and Larry Land - Richard on May 18, 1967 and Larry on March 28, 1971
    Robert and Harold Musselman - Robert on October 25, 1967 and Harold on March 3, 1969
    David and Otis Morgan - David on January 20, 1969 and Otis on January 28, 1970
    John and Dana Jensen - John on August 27, 1967 and Dana on April 17, 1969
    Stephen and Stanley Barrett - Stephen on January 25, 1968 and Stanley on October 3, 1970
    Steven and Randy Mathias - Steven on July 2, 1967 and Randy on June 18, 1968
    Roger and Stanley Herrell - Stanley on November 1, 1968 and Roger on July 29, 1969
    James and Kenneth Stutes - James on June 6, 1970 and Kenneth on July 5, 1967
    Lane and Joseph Hargrove - Lane on April 21, 1968 and Joseph on May 15, 1975
    Edmund and Michael Travis - Edmund on June 27, 1967 and Michael on June 7, 1968
    David and Norman Evans - David on October 24, 1968 and Norman on November 24, 1970
    Juan and Arthur Garcia - Juan on Nov 20, 1967 and Arthur on February 7, 1970
    David and John Greeson - David on Nov 7, 1969 and John on July 22, 1968
    Leonard and Byron McQuinn - Leonard on Sept 5, 1966 and Byron on Feb 24, 1969
    Rodrick and Garland Whalen - Rodrick on October 1, 1966 and Garland on January 31, 1969
    Marvin and Darwin Gordon - Marvin on September 17, 1967 and Darwin on March 24, 1968
    Charles and Clifford Johnson - Charles on February 8, 1968 and Clifford on December 26, 1970
    Budd and Charles Hood - Budd on February 28, 1967 and Charles on August 12, 1969
    Wayne and Fred Traylor - Wayne on May 11, 1966 and Fred on June 12, 1969
    Ronald and Thomas Kustaborder - Ronald on Feb 25, 1968 and Thomas on Feb 14, 1969
    John and Harold Ritch - John on Nov 10, 1968 and Harold on Nov 12, 1971



Project of Honor

Our Project of HonorOur project, to honor the men of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us and should never be forgotten. As the men of the 11th LIB, or anyone, visit the cemeteries where our heroes are laid to rest, they are taking photos of their grave marker. These photos are then submitted and we link them to our 11th LIB Casualty lists. Read more...

Facebook

FacebookWhile the 11th Light Infantry Brigade does not presently have a formal association, we do have a very active Facebook page. This page is a private Facebook Group page and you must request to join. When you request to join, you are sent a message with questions regarding unit or unit that supported the brigade, and when served or relative's information that served. If you do not respond within 14 days Facebook will delete your request. You will find the page listed as 11th Light Infantry Brigade Veterans Association.

Americal Division Veterans Association

Americal Division Veterans AssociationThe 11th LIB served under the Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division). Americal has a very active association, the Americal Division Veterans Association. Eligible veterans are cordially invited and welcomed to join the Americal Division Veterans Association. The association was formed in 1945 and currently has over 3,000 members. Associate memberships are also available. Membership cost is minimal. We encourage you to check out the ADVA.

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