Make-a-List Monday: Vietnam War veterans

Having done World Wars I and II, I thought I would do veterans of the Vietnam War as well. Both my dad and Michael’s are of that generation and both managed to escape having to serve in Vietnam: my dad because of his asthma and Michael’s because he was overweight.

  1. Celia Darlene Barnes
  2. Benjamin Joseph Bearrick
  3. Christopher Lee Cook
  4. Arthur P. Deering
  5. Theodore Leonard Dengerud
  6. William Michael Ewasko
  7. William Joseph Jamison
  8. Timothy Lee Keays
  9. Jerry Wayne Lackey
  10. Andrew Lee Muns
  11. Louis Robert Piatt
  12. William Schmidbauer
  13. John Smith South Jr.
  14. Charles D. Wilson
  15. James Wood

9 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Vietnam War veterans

  1. HennyLee January 19, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I am actually surprised this list isn’t longer! My uncle was in Vietnam… landed in December of 65 and was killed in February of 66. Very Sad War with so many lives lost (like all wars I suppose). Sad to think these people actually made it home again – only to disappear. 😦 As Always thanks for the lists and hard work Meaghan!

  2. CaptK January 19, 2015 / 10:20 am

    I didn’t realize you could get out of Vietnam due to weight – would have been a good excuse to let yourself go.

    • Meaghan January 19, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Well, Michael’s dad didn’t want to get out of it. He comes from a military family and was devastated by the rejection.

  3. Clare January 19, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    I’d be curious about Korean War veterans, too!

  4. Kat January 19, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    My Dad was drafted but not sent because he could not see. Literally. When he got glasses the first time he asked his dad what those lines b/w the poles were. True story. He became a professor. He still can’t see though glasses are not so thick now. I got that too. Blind as can be without mine. If, on occasion, I wake up and get flummoxed and am running around in the kitchen wondering why stuff is blurry, my son will bring them to me. I don’t “look right” without em. Thanks Dad!

  5. Celeste Keenan January 19, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Maybe next Monday you can make a list of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets?

  6. Bill Baraby January 20, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Wow, talk about negligence. Reminds me of an incident when I was in the Marine Corps. My unit was in the Mojave desert at 29 Palms conducting night movements.. A Lieutenant was put in charge of designated road gaurds along the way. When the road march was over they sent a truck to pick up the road gaurds and the LT in charge couldn’t remember where he posted one of the gaurds and in fact did not even repport him missing until two days later. They didn’t find his body until several months later. It was determined that The Marine, Jason Rother, was able to march over 15 miles in 100+degree heat with very little water and made it two miles to the main road. They didn’t find his body until several months later.

    Accountability.

  7. Diane January 25, 2015 / 3:08 am

    My dad desperately wanted to serve during Vietnam but seeing as though he was the only male child of his family and his dad had died of a heart attack while serving in the Army several years before he turned 18, Dad was considered a “lone survivg heir” and was thus never called up. So many of his friends and other boys from my parents’ poor as poor can be neighborhood were, though, many of whom came back shattered and shamed by the despicable rich kid anti-war protesters at the time (the recent Iraq War protesters were a whole lot more mature and civilized). Some of these men never got to really come back from ‘nam and one of my dad’s sisters even lost her fiancee to combat during the war. Mom said he was the sweetest guy and that my aunt was inconsolable for months.

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