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Not everyone's name has been engraved on the wall

Posted: June 22, 2012 - 8:51am

Both during and after the Vietnam War, literately thousands of American Veterans suffered, endured then died from exposure to the chemical Agent Orange.

Those Veterans died from their wounds after serving in Vietnam but their names are not included on "The Wall,"  the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.,and the traveling memorial. Over 58,000 American Veterans are included on "The Wall."

Just as my family pulls back from any photos of "The Wall,"  40 years later we still hurt that our family member is not included on "The Wall" and there are thousands of American Families that endure the same.
The Purple Heart was never awarded, their names are not included, their names are not engraved.

This is simply a sincere attempt to keep the promise we will never forget.

Captain my captain, welcome home my brother Jim, U.S. Army Captain James E. Wright, Army Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Long Range Recon Patrol, Pleiku, Vietnam 1967-68 then 1968-69; passed away in the VA hospital, Temple,Texas.

Just like the American Veterans from previous generations, the American Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan that have committed suicide will not be included or awarded a Purple Heart. As of today, more Americans are dying each day in Afghanistan from suicide than are being killed on the battlefield. But that is a taboo subject that shouldn't be discussed.

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RaySouthwell 06/26/12 - 07:58 am
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SPW

Is this the SPWright I have written to in the past?

If it is, I salute you for your honest statements. Don’t stop, I want to read more. Bombard the Clarion with letters concerning this issue.

Be aware however, some do not like reading the truth and will call you names like

“paranoid, Conspiracy theories-spouting hate-doom and gloom messianic complex-narcissistic diatribe-not interested in intelligent dialog- men like Jim Jones and David Koresh- ignorant rant-sky is falling malarkey-imagination fueled by your presuppositions- apocalyptic babble- Living in Loonieville- mentally demented, Doofus and nut-case.”

Are our posterity just chattel to be used up by government and the corporations who run it?

The cost of change is great.

Go for it.

Bob Manning
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Bob Manning 06/27/12 - 05:20 am
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Agent Orange

Steve Wright: I too am a Vietnam Veteran who has been exposed to Agent Orange, and have complications from the toxin, such as Diabetes and Kidney Disease. I too will probably fall into those diceased numbers in time. As for being on the wall. I'm not sure of that, but there should a seperate wall or place where veterans that have died from war related usues so that there names are not lost in vain. Thank You for your your articles and looking forward to reading more concerning this issue. God Bless and Take Care. Sincerely Bob Manning

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spwright 06/27/12 - 10:36 am
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Agent Orange Memorial PLAQUE

MR BOB MANNING 6/27/12
WELCOME HOME SIR !
The soul purpose of my message is to bring some sort of RECOGNITION to the VIETNAM VETERANS that DIED AFTER THE VIETNAM WAR but as a DIRECT RESULT
OF THEIR SERVICE IN VIETNAM.

Their Names are NOT included, Their Names are NOT engraved, The Purple Heart was Never Awarded.

To be Honest, I tried numerous times to pin down a exact number of Agent Orange Casualities since 1975. No One seems to Know that exact number. Too many to count.
the figure stopped at 189,000 at last count.Triple the number of K I A ed in Vietnam.

This of course is a very sincere & emotional issue for any American Family that suffers & endures the long lasting effects of the Chemical Agent Orange. That name is from the 55 gallon storage barrels that had a large Orange Stripe around the center of the barrel. Hince the nick name of "Agent Orange"
Monsanto Chemical & Dow Chemical made this extremely Toxic chemical then the Military mixed that chemical 13 times stronger than it should have been mixed then proceeded to Spray Agent Orange from C-123 Aircraft, Helicopters, Boats,
Operation Ranch Hand sprayed over 80 Million Gallons from 1962 til 1975.

VIETNAM WAR IN MEMORY MEMORIAL PLAQUE
has the following engraved :
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN & WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR & LATER DIED AS A RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE.

WE HONOR & REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE.

This Plaque was placed On-Display July 8th,2004 at
"The Wall" in Washington D C.

I finally begin to understand that My Brother Jim's Name will never be engraved on "The Wall" lots of emotion & tears involved there.

This small Plaque will have to do.

THANK YOU for YOUR SERVICE MR MANNING
& I very sincerely mean that statement.
Thank You for making the Time to write a reply.
I am very very certain that there are numerous other Families
here On the Kenai that have endured the same with Agent Orange. & Yes they should have the opportunity to Share Their Family Story.

SPW "Airborne" Drafted July 1969

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