MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On Monday, March 29, the VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac, held a ceremony to commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day honoring and remember Vietnam vets.
The Vietnam War lasted from November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.The U.S. military reported 58,220 American casualties during the conflict,
Dan Bullock (Dec. 21, 1953–June 7, 1969) was a United States Marine and the youngest U.S. serviceman killed in action during the Vietnam War, dying at the age of 15.
Richard Bernard Fitzgibbon Jr., USAF (June 21, 1920–June 8, 1956) was the first American to lose his life in the conflict that would later be known as the Vietnam War.
Richard B. Fitzgibbon III was killed in September 1965. The Fitzgibbon deaths are one of only three amongst all US casualties in which both father and son were killed in the Vietnam War.
Eight women are on the Vietnam Wall. All were nurses.
Two hundred and sixty soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor (the nation’s highest honor) during the Vietnam War, 160 of them are on the Wall.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 - 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968: 2,415 casualties were incurred.
In the Vietnam War, 304,000 were wounded with 75,000 being severely disabled.
Article courtesy of Richard Dunne/VFW Post 5491