Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Vietnam War Memorial

Visiting the Vietnam War Memorial, "The Wall", is tough for me. Standing in one place you can easily see the names of four boys who were important to me:

My best childhood friend David Bryant (lived right across the street from us on the corner of Donora and Spartan, moved in 4th or 5th grade. I only saw him once after they moved.) was killed on February 8, 1968.

My cousin Daniel Meade, killed the same day as David, February 8, 1968.

My good friend George Youngerman (Vandalia-Butler High School Class of '68, lived on Westhafer) was killed on April 1, 1971.

His cousin Joseph Youngerman (I didn't know him), who was killed the very next day, April 2, 1971.

It's possible to read all four names easily from the same spot.

You can touch both David and Dan's names with one hand.

1 comment:

  1. Tom Locker, I read your blog to Bill Arrowsmith and we were shocked and saddened to learn of these losses. So sad for so many. Marsha Ward Arrowsmith