Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
Something to think about:
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
Most of the surviving parents are now deceased.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. He was listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three 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.
Of the largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old; 12 soldiers were 17 years old; five soldiers were 16 years old and one, PFC Dan Bullock, was 15 years old.
On their first day in Vietnam, 997 soldiers were killed; 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day.
Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons; 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Fifty-four soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia.
Nursing the wounded: eight women are on the Wall.
Medal of Honor: 244 soldiers were awarded the high honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
The most casualty deaths for a single day: 245 on Jan. 31, 1968; the most casualty deaths for a single month: 2,415 in May 1968.
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