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Fallen Heroes of the Vietnam War

The United States became involved in the Vietnam War (sometimes called the Second Indochina War)
in 1957 but we did not begin sending combat troops until 1965. 
The United States withdrew its troops after the signing of the Paris Accords in 1975.
 Between 1965 and 1975 over 3,000,000 men and women were on duty in Southeast Asia.
 58,226 men and women died, another 153,303 were injured,
and over 2,000 were listed as missing in action.

Peekskill’s Vietnam War Honor Roll

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Michael John Amato

Henry Bethea

Oliver C Chase, Jr.

Barton Sheldon Creed

William Timothy Dorsey

Frank John Guichard

John Barden Hudson

Robert Irwin

William Martin Kelly

John Thomas Lockhart

Chester John Moshier

Douglas Ronald Mowbray

Lawrence Elston Osborne

Michael Louis Poggi

Bruce Edward Reed

 

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The simulated rubbings that accompany the memorials on this page were taken from "www.thewall-usa.com"
an impressive website
 dedicated to Vietnam servicemen and women. 
Another Wall website to visit is www.vietnamwall.org
Both sites are well worth a visit and contain additional information and reminiscences about these men.

Classmates and/or friends are encouraged to send to the webmaster any memories or pictures of these
 young men who gave their young lives so that all us can live on in freedom.

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FH_marine_seal-new LCPL. Michael John Amato, U.S. Marines
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Born January 30, 1947. Probably in the Class of 1965.
Lance Corporal Amato was killed on May 13, 1967 at Quana Tri, South Vietnam.
He was killed by small arms fire.
He served for 2 years and was 20 years old.
  His body was recovered

His name is listed on Panel 19E, Line 102 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to Lcpl. Amato can be viewed at:
 http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=844

 

 

  Henry Bethea

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Henry Bethea was a casualty of the Vietnam war. He was a Pfc in the Army.
Henry was born on March 22, 1948. Henry graduated from HenHud High School in 1967.
 He was a casualty in Phuoc Long, South Vietnam on Feb 9, 1969 by a hostile explosive device.
His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 30W, Line 35 of the Veterans Memorial Wall.

A tribute to Henry Bethea can be viewed at:
 
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=3830

                                                                                     photo courtesy of Ron Langer

 

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FH_airforce_seal-new Captain Oliver C. Chase, Jr., U.S. Air Force

Born June 23, 1932. Class of 1950. Captain Chase was killed on July 22, 1965.
He was a pilot who crashed on land at Binh Dinh, South Viet Nam.
He was 33 years old and married. His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 02E, Line 042 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to Captain Chase can be viewed at:
 http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=8780

Classmate George Bishop sent the picture in from Surrey, United Kingdom.
The Yearbook describes Oliver as a
"Quiet fellow . . . manages to make his presence known . . . easy to get along with".
Activities included J.V. Football, Track Team, Rifle Team, and Intra-murals.
 

 

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creedThe graduation picture was sent to us

by Mike Walsh , a classmate of Bart’s
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FH_navy_seal-new Lt. Commander Barton Sheldon Creed, U.S. Navy

Born April 3, 1945. Probably the Class of 1963 from PMA. 
Commander Creed was killed on October 2, 1978.
He was a pilot. He was reported missing in Laos. 
His body was not recovered. 
Bart was the son of George and Verna Creed of Peekskill

His name is listed on Panel 04W, Line 043 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

In memory of Barton Sheldon Creed, please visit Janet (Finch) Grzegorek’s web page:
A Tribute to Barton Sheldon Creed

A memorial page can also be viewed at

http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=11046

and another at: http://www.virtualwall.org/dc/CreedBS01a.htm

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 Barton Creed was a great guy. I went to school with him at PMA. He graduated in 1963 with the rank of Captain. His
nickname was "Bart". He was a very admirable and popular young man. We were in the marching band together .
 He graduated with high honors and played many sports including football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse while
at PMA.. He inspired me to take up lacrosse as a freshman in 1963 and I played first string from JV through my senior
year ,Varsity, in 1968. I was in the last graduating class at PMA. I went on to college and coached High School LaCrosse
in Maryland.

 Michael  Walsh - PMA Class of '68     duxmn@austin.rr.com
 

 

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FH_armyseal-new PFC. William Timothy Dorsey,
U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division
Born February 28, 1944.
 At age 26, Private First Class Dorsey was killed on July 3, 1970, at Long An, South Vietnam
by an explosive device. His body was recovered.
 He was married.

His name in listed on Panel 09W, Line115 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to Pfc. Dorsey can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=13736

and another at: http://virtualwall.org/dd/DorseyWT01a.htm
 

 

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FH_marine_seal-new PFC Frank John Guichaud

Private First Class Frank John Guichaud was a casualty of the Vietnam War. 
Frank was born on December 16, 1947 in Peekskill, N.Y. 
As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC Guichaud served our country
until May 24, 1967 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. 
Frank died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. 
He served his country for one year. He was 19 years old and was not married.

PFC Guichaud name is on Panel 20E, Line 095 of
the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C
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A tribute to Pfc. Guichaud can be viewed at:
 
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=20378
 

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FH_marine_seal-new PFC John Barden Hudson.

PFC Hudson was killed in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Marine Corps.
He served our country until April 20th, 1968 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam.
He was 19 years old and a member of the Class of 1967.
John died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered.
He was born on April 13, 1949 in Peekskill.  He attended the Assumption,
and graduated from Archbishop Stephinack High School

John's name is inscribed on panel 51E, line 008
of the Veterans Memorial Wall.
He served our country for less than a year.

A tribute to Pfc. John Hudson can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=24544

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 LASTING IMPRESSION
Composed by Betsy (Finch) Rodino, Class of 1969

    Joyous was his life, so full of promise and hope.
    Always aware of his faith in God and patriotism for his country, his
    Concern for all he knew showed in his morality.
    Kindness for his fellow Americans was the motivator of his young life.
    Imagination for what the future may have held for him shall
    Evermore stay in the minds and hearts of those who knew and loved him.

    Heaven called him home early, and we had no choice but to let him go
    Until the time comes again when we will all be reunited.
    Death ends human life, but those with faith know there is an eternal life.
    Surely we believe wholeheartedly that he is in that Divine place.
    Over the years his memory has not diminished nor his spirit lessened.
    Now all the world will know him through the imprint of his name.
     

 

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FH_airforce_seal-new LTC Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin graduated with the class of 1956. 
He became a pilot with the Air Force and served in Vietnam as the pilot of a Phantom fighter jet.
His plane was shot down on February 17, 1972. 
Capt. Edwin A Hawley, Jr., the weapons officer on the Phantom, was captured by the North Vietnamese
and later repatriated. Although Capt. Hawley believed that LTC Irwin had died in the crash,
he was listed as Missing in Action.

In November of 1989, LTC Irwin’s remains were located and repatriated. 
LTC Irwin is buried in Arlington Cemetery. He was 39 and married when he died.

He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His name is on the Wall, Panel 02W - Line 107

A tribute to Ltc. Irwin can be viewed at: http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=25164
 

 

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 FH_airforce_seal-new PFC. William Martin Kelly, U.S. Army,
101st Airborne Division

PFC Kelly was born Jan 10, 1947.
He graduated with the class of 1964 from the Peekskill Military Academy. 
Private First Class Kelly was killed on July, 1966, in South Vietnam by small arms fire.
His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 08E, Line 076 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

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We have these two pictures of Bill from his good friend and classmate Mike Walsh

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Bill was a member of the PMA Swim team in his senior year. The team won
the Interscholastic Swim Competition in 1964.
 A tribute to Pfc. Kelly can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=27608

 

 

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army_seal_small SP 5. John Thomas Lockhart, U.S. Army

Born March 27, 1950, Specialist Lockhart was killed on March 11, 1971. He was a helicopter crew member and was killed over Laos. His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 04W, Line 038 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to SP 5 Lockhart can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=30927

Marty Bischoff - PHS class of 70 writes: I have some further information on John Lockhart.
John was a 1969 graduate of Lakeland High School.
He lived on Ridge Road off Lafayette Ave. in Peekskill.
His next door neighbor was a good friend of mine, Gary Novak who formally lived on Broad Street.
John was a great guy and fun loving.
As an insight, on my 16th birthday, Gary, John, and I all skipped school
so John could drive me to Beacon to get my learners permit.
After all, that's more important than school
.
   

 

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 FH_marine_seal-new  SSG. Chester John Moshier, Jr., U.S. Marines

Born Jan 16, 1934, Staff Sgt. Moshier was killed on July 24, 1968, at Quang Nam, South Viet Nam
by an explosive device. His body was recovered.
He was a member of the Class of 1953 and
served with the U.S. Marines for 14 years.

His name is listed on Panel 50W, Line 001 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to SSgt Moshier, Jr. can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=36725

Ralph “Buddy” Treadwell writes:
I was about 5 years older than Chester, so I was a Korean Vet the last time I saw him. 
He visited my dad’s grocery store on So. Division St. and I recall
how proud he was to wear the uniform of the U.S. Marine Force. 
He was a great guy and I was proud to call him a friend.

 

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  PFC. Douglas Ronald Mowbray, U.S. Marines

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PFC Mowbray was born October 18, 1945.
 Private First Class Mowbray was killed on September 15, 1966 at Quang Tri, South Vietnam
 by small arms fire. His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 10E, Line 001 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

He was a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, Class of 1964

A tribute to Pfc. Mowbray can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=36806

and also at: http://www.virtualwall.org/dm/MowbrayDR01a.htm
                                                             photo courtesy of Ron Langer

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FH_armyseal-new SGT. Lawrence Elston Osborne,
U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division

Born November 25, 1947 and a member of the PHS class of 1965,
Sergeant Osborne was killed on April 4, 1968 at Tay Ninh, South Viet Nam
by small arms fire. His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 48E, Line 073 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

"Ozzie" was described in his Yearbook as the Mel Allen of the 70's.
He hoped to become a teacher.
 In addition to playing JV Basketball and Baseball -
he was the Sports Editor of the Yearbook, Mercury, Basketball and Volleyball Intramurals.

A tribute to Sgt Osborne can be found at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=38874
 

 

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FH_armyseal-new SGT. Michael Louis Poggi,
U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division

Sargeant Poggi was born on August 30, 1948. 
He would have graduated with the class of 1966. 
Sergeant Poggi was killed on March 28, 1969 at Tay Ninh by small arms fire.
His body was recovered

His name is listed on Panel 28W, Line 073 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to Sgt. Poggi can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=41112
and also at: http://www.virtualwall.org/dp/PoggiML01a.htm
 

 

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FH_armyseal-new CPL. Bruce Edward Reed,
U.S.Army, 25th Infantry Division

"A Good Friend, and a Good Soldier"
contributed by R. Glenn Stubbs, Jr., Class of 1967

Born April 23, 1948, Corporal Reed was killed on February 28, 1969, at Hua Nahia, South Viet Nam
by small arms fire. His body was recovered.

His name is listed on Panel 31W, Line 096 of the Veterans Memorial Wall

A memorial tribute to Cpl. Reed can be viewed at:
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=42648

We have received the text and map (shown below) of Viet Nam, from Doug MacDuff. 
Doug was in the Class of 1966.
 

ISouth Vietnam consists of # 31 - 64. The lower #s are North Vietnam. #31 is Quang Tri (combat base)
the northernmost unit.
(I was there with the U.S. Army, 1/77 Armor, 1/5 Infantry Division 1970-71.)

Bill Kelly was a friend of mine. I was a senior in high school when he died. Bill was a year ahead of me in school.
We attended PMA together and as far as I know he graduated from there and joined the Army soon after.
From my sources, and maybe you'd like to add this, Bill Kelly was wounded 2 times and after each time
he volunteered to return to combat. So he was a recipient of the purple heart.

Bill was a very good friend of mine and I remember 
I was burning leaves the day I heard of Bills death. It really hit me hard to realize he was gone. . .        
Doug MacDuff

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For more information about the Vietnam War, the webmasters recommend
 the Wikipedia - www.vietnamwar.com
www.virtualwall.org/iAlpha.htm

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