HERO SPOTLIGHT

East Idaho Vietnam Veterans

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Cpl. Leo Joe Adakai was a Blackfoot, Idaho local who was born in 1944. He joined the U.S. Army and soon after was deployed to Vietnam in 1969. Leo would later suffer from multiple fragmentation wounds while in Khanh Hoa province. He succumbed to his wounds on Aug. 7, 1969.  Cpl. Adakai was only 25 when he paid the ultimate sacrifice.  You can find his name on panel 20W, line 105 when The Wall That Heals visits us this fall.

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Sgt. Thomas Oliver Ahlberg was an Idaho Falls local who was born in 1951. He attended Skyline High School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army and deployed to Vietnam in 1969. Thomas was a crew chief on a helicopter that crashed into a second helicopter while both were dropping flares in Thua Thien province. He was severely wounded and succumbed to his injuries on May 5, 1970. Thomas was only 19 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 11W, line 94 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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Col. Gerald William Alley was a Pocatello local who was born in 1934. Col. Alley enlisted in the Air Force where he served for 16 years. However, in 1978 his airplane crashed over NZ province and he was reported missing. His remains were later returned to the U.S. during the 1990’s. You can find Col. Alley’s name on panel 1W, line 103 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of 2nd Lt. Reese Mark Andersen, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. 2nd Lt. Andersen was an Arbon, Idaho local who was born in 1943. He attended Marsh Valley High School where he graduated in 1961. He then enlisted with the Marines and was deployed to Vietnam where he was a platoon leader stationed in Dong Ha, Quang Tri province. While there, 2nd Lt. Andersen was hit by a stray bullet that ricocheted off a two-by-four in his barracks. He was killed instantly. 2nd Lt. Andersen was only 25 when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 26W, line 6 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Staff Sgt. James Barton Anderson, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. James was an American Falls, Idaho local who was born in 1947. He attended American Falls High School where he graduated in 1966. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was later deployed to Vietnam in 1967. He was a platoon leader and part of the 101st Airborne Division. James had plans to fly to Hawaii and meet up with his girlfriend where they would then get married during his R&R break from the Vietnam conflict. However, his plans never came to fruition because on Jan. 25, 1968, James paid the ultimate sacrifice. He was killed by enemy machine guns while on patrol in Phuoc Long province. He was only 21 years old. You can find his name on panel 35E, line 29 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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Capt. Gary W. Bitton was originally from Blackfoot, Idaho. He was a B26 pilot and gave his life for our country on Dec. 6, 1963 – only 21 days after being in country. According to the book Reasons To Remember by Marilyn Whyte, before paying the ultimate sacrifice Bitton wrote, “The War games here are ridiculous and very frustrating. We have ‘Rules of Engagement’ kind of like fighting with one hand behind our back. We are controlled by the Vietnamese Air Force and cannot move unless they approved our targets. If we saw 10,000 VC marching we couldn’t strike until they approved. Apparently we have VC in our chain of Command because all our strike missions seem to leave an escape route for the VC. We know where the VC headquarters are but we have never struck it.”

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In remembrance of Capt. Curtis Richard Bohlscheid, want to share a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1936, Capt. Bohlscheid was a U.S. Marine and Pocatello, Idaho local. He attended Pocatello High School and the University of Idaho. In 1967 Capt. Bohlscheid returned to Vietnam for his second tour of duty. On June 11, 1967, Curtis and twelve men aboard a CH-46 helicopter crashed and burned near the south border of the DMZ in the vicinity of Quang Tri province. Aerial reconnaissance revealed the helicopter was disintegrated by the fire. U.S. soldiers were not able to reach the crash site because the enemy drove them back. You can find his name on panel 21E, line 91 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. John Alex Boyle, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1950, John was a U.S. Army soldier, Idaho Falls, Idaho local and only child. He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho but later attended Skyline High School where he graduated in 1968. About six months after graduating high school, John deployed to Vietnam. John died on Jan. 26, 1969 from small arms fire in Hua Nghia province. He was less than two months into his deployment and less than one year into his Army enlistment when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 34W, line 83 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Everett W. (Billy) Brauburger, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1949, Billy was a U.S. Army soldier that was born in Wendell, Idaho but later moved to Soda Springs, Idaho and attended Soda Springs High School. Billy deployed to Vietnam on Jan. 11, 1969. He spent about six months in country before he was killed near Quang Ngai province on July 24, 1969. Billy was only 20 years old. You can find his name on panel 20W, line 38 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Arlo Frank Brown, we want to share a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1944, Arlo graduated from Ririe High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Army from Idaho Falls, Idaho in April of 1965. Arlo deployed to Vietnam shortly after and was two weeks away from completing his tour of duty and leaving the country when he was killed in an oil tank explosion. Arlo died on Jan. 14, 1967. He was only 22 at the time. You can find his name on panel 14E, line 26 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. Conn Kay Clark, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Conn was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1962. He then graduated from Rigby High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He married one month prior to his deployment to Vietnam and almost completed his tour of duty. However, on July 24, 1969, the truck he was riding in hit an enemy land mine in the province of Lam Dong and he was severely injured. Conn was transferred to Japan for medical treatment. His brother, who was also in Vietnam at the time, was rushed to his side. Unfortunately, Conn succumbed to his injuries a week after the attack. He would have had only a month left before leaving Vietnam at the time he was injured. He was only 22 when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 20W, line 79 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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Cpl. Grant L. Clark was part of a ground’s surveillance radar unit in Vietnam. He was the first Pocatello service member to perish during combat. He gave the ultimate sacrifice on Oct. 30, 1965 after being attacked by enemy mortar fire near the city of Da Nang. He had been in country for only two months. Learn more about him by visiting his VVMF page.

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In remembrance of Capt. Ralph Brent Cordon, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1942, Capt. Cordon was an Idaho Falls, Idaho local. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and was deployed to Vietnam on July 9, 1970. Capt. Cordon only had six weeks left in his tour of duty when he and seven other soldiers died in the province of Quang Nam due to a land mine explosion. Capt. Cordon was only 28 when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 3W, line 21 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Pfc. Michael Lee Crouson, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1944, Michael was a Pocatello, Idaho local who graduated from Pocatello High School in 1962 and then attended Idaho State University. Michael and two of his brothers all enlisted in the Marines. He deployed to Vietnam in 1966 where he was a machine gun team leader. He was killed on Dec. 10, 1966. He was attacked while on patrol near Quang Tri province and died of fragmentation wounds. It occurred only four days after his 22nd birthday. You can find his name on panel 13E, line 26 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Lance Cpl. Larry Dale De Filippis we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1946, Larry enlisted in the Marines from Idaho falls, Idaho. Shortly afterwards, Larry deployed to Vietnam in February of 1966. Larry had spent about 10 months in country when on Nov. 12, 1966, he was killed by fragmentation wounds from a hostile explosive device in the vicinity of Da Nang in Quang Nam province. He was only 20 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 12E, line 60 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. Steven Glenn England we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1951, Steven grew up in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Army almost immediate after where he served as a medic. He then deployed to Vietnam as part of the 75th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. On Feb. 15, 1971, Steven volunteered for an extraction of a wounded soldier who had been part of reconnaissance team. Steven knew the night extraction would be dangerous. The location was overrun by enemy forces and additionally there were high winds due to a monsoon storm. Despite these difficulties, Stevens crew managed to successfully pick up the wounded reconnaissance soldier. However, approximately an hour into the mission their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire. All seven soldiers on board were killed over Thua Thien province. Steven was only 19 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 5W, line 106 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Pfc. Gary Virgil Frazier, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1947, Gary grew up in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1965. Shortly after he enlisted in the U.S. Army and then deployed to Vietnam on Dec. 9, 1967 as part of the 25th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. About four months later Gary was mortally wounded by enemy fire while on night patrol in Gia Dinh province. He paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was only 20 years old. You can find his name on panel 42E, line 31 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Michael Frank Green, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1947, Michael grew up in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Army In February of 1967 and later deployed to Vietnam where he served as a UH-1 helicopter mechanic and door gunner. On March 10, 1968, Michael was killed aboard a helicopter that crashed in Khanh Hoa province. He was only 21 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 42E, line 31 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Pfc. Craig Hayes Hansen, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Born in 1944, Craig was born in Montpelier, Idaho, he graduated from Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho, and he then enlisted from Soda Springs, Idaho. Craig then attended Brigham Young University where he was one semester away from graduating when he was drafted into the Army and Vietnam conflict. He was killed just one month after being in country when his firebase in Tay Ninh province was attacked. You can find his name on panel 42E, line 31 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Ensign Hal T. Holingsworth, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Hal was born in 1942 in Preston, Idaho. He graduated from Grace High School in 1961 and then attended Utah State for two years. Then in 1964, Hal enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed aboard the USS Ranger – an attack aircraft carrier. On Jan. 16, 1966 Hal’s jet was on a routine night carrier landing flight when it missed an arresting cable on the carrier and plunged into the ocean. Both the pilot of the RASC Vigilante jet and Hal remain missing. You can find Hal’s name on panel 4E, line 74 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Sheldon Dale Hoskins, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Sheldon and his twin sister were born in Blackfoot, Idaho in 1948. Sheldon graduated from Snake River High School in 1966. After being the state wrestling champion in high school, he was awarded a four year scholarship to Weber State College in Ogden, Utah but Sheldon opted to join the Marines instead. He had been stationed in the Philippines for five months when his married brother, who was also in the military at the time, received Vietnam orders. Sheldon volunteered to take his brother’s place and was sent to Vietnam where he served as a squad leader in Quang Nam province. 

One day in October of 1948, Sheldon found himself in a firefight alongside the other men in his platoon. During the firefight, Sheldon found a favorable position where he could engage the enemy and mostly remain behind adequate cover. However, about 20 meters from his location he spotted a wounded comrade. Sheldon decided to maneuver his way toward the wounded soldier in order to move him to a safer location and provide first aid. However, he had to go through fire swept terrain in order to reach him. This meant he had to use suppressive fire and likely expand all his ammunition either before he reached the wounded soldier or before they both reached relative safety again. Despite the terrible odds, he couldn’t watch his comrade continue to bleed out in front of him. He felt there was a chance he could save him and he had to take it. Up until that point in Sheldon’s short life, there had been plenty of times where he had been able to sacrifice his own best interest for the benefit of others. 

Unfortunately, on Oct. 7, 1968, Sheldon was killed by enemy fire as he attempted to reload his weapon. He was 20 years old when he sacrificed of himself for the last time. You can find his name on panel 41W, line 24 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Brent R. Jones, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Brent was a twin that was born in 1947. He attended Firth High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after. He deployed to Vietnam on Dec. 14, 1968. While in Vietnam Brent served as a radio operator for a forwarded observation team. At the time of his death, he was stationed for miles south of the Ben Hai River that separated North and South Vietnam. The team was occupying an outpost to block enemy infiltration when Brent died in an explosion. He was only 20 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 64E, line 15 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Robert Wilbur Larison, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Robert was born in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Army from Pocatello, Idaho. He then deployed to Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1963 as part of the 25th Infantry division. On Nov. 1, 1967 Robert was killed by an explosive device in Hua Nghia Province. He was only 18 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 29E, line 4 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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Pfc. John G. Larson was a U.S. Army medic in the 1st Cavalry division. He paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam conflict on Dec. 30, 1966 – four months after being in country. In one of his letters home, Larson described his experiences. He talked about walking up and down mountains covered by bus so tall he could barely see the sky. He also mentioned eating C rations out of cans three times a day, shaving only once in a while, and not having been able to bathe for two weeks. Larson also mentioned in his letter that Vietnam was beautiful and that he should have been a missionary there instead of a soldier. Pfc. Larson was originally from Blackfoot, Idaho. You can find his name on panel 13E, Line 102 of The Wall That Heals when it visits us this fall.

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In remembrance of Maj. William E. Lemmons, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Maj. Lemmons was born in 1942 and then graduated from Pocatello, Idaho in 1960 and from Idaho State University in 1965. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a H-23 pilot. On June 12, 1978 Maj. Lemmons was declared killed in action after his helicopter disappeared. His remains along with the helicopter wreckage were never found. You can find his name on panel 22E, line 7 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Clayton Arthur Martin, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Clayton enlisted from Idaho Falls, Idaho but graduated from Burley High School in 1963 and Idaho State University in 1965. After enlisting in the U.S. Army Clayton was deployed to Vietnam as part of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. In the Fall of 1967, Clayton’s platoon came under heavy fire in Tay Ninh Province. At one point Claton found himself having to run back to an armoured personnel carrier for more ammunition. On the way there, he picked up his wounded squad leader in an attempt to get him to a safer location. As Clayton struggled to place the wounded soldier near the carrier for protection, he was hit by shrapnel from a nearby exploding grenade. Clayton was evacuated to Japan where he received medical care. Unfortunately, his wounds were too much. Clayton paid the ultimate sacrifice on Oct. 16, 1967. You can find his name on panel 28E, line 16 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Steven Dee Merrell, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Steven was born in 1950 and graduated High School in Pocatello, Idaho where he was very active in his National Honor Society and ran the 440 yard dash. High school friends remember him for his grit and determination. Immediately after high school, Steven enlisted in the Marines when he was 19 years old and served as a radio operator and interpreter. He was deployed to Vietnam on Aug. 7, 1969 where he also helped to build a school for the children there. In the spring of 1970 Steven paid the ultimate sacrifice after an explosion resulted in lethal fragmentation wounds. He was only 20 years old. You can find his name on panel 10W, line 46 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. John E.S. Mitchell Jr., we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. John was born in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Army from American Falls, Idaho. John served as a medic and was deployed to Vietnam on May 2, 1970. He was stationed at Hawk Hill Fire Support Base when he volunteered to go into the field to replace three medics that had just been killed in action. As John traveled to his destination, the armored personnel carrier he was riding hit a 500 pound landmine. John perished, along with 13 of the 14 other soldiers on the carrier. John was only 19 years old when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 9W, line 112 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Lance Cpl. Dan Ross Moore, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Dan was born in 1948 and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. He enlisted in the Marines and was deployed to Vietnam on June 12, 1968. Dan served as a forward observer with the naval gunfire section of the 101st Air Cavalry. While there, he helped construct an orphanage for homeless children in Vietnam. Dan paid the ultimate sacrifice on Oct. 17, 1968 after the helicopter he was in crashed. You can find his name on panel 41W, line 69 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. Ronald Grant Mottishaw, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Ronald was born in 1945 and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1963. He then attended Idaho State University before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving as a combat medic. He deployed to Vietnam on Sept. 22, 1966. Roughly about five months later, Ronald found himself in the back of an ambulance that hit a landmine. He and his two passengers were mortally wounded. Ronald paid the ultimate sacrifice on Feb. 16, 1967. You can find his name on panel 15E, line 48 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Pfc. Jimmy D. Nakayama, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Jimmy was born in 1943 and graduated from Rigby High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Jimmy was in the service for about four years until November of 1965 when he was one of 237 soldiers to die at the Battle of Ia Drang, an excruciating and deadly three-day-long fight. Jimmy was only two days shy of his 22nd birthday when he paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can find his name on panel 3E, line 88 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Robert William Nelson, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Robert was born in 1951 and graduated from Rigby High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam on Jan. 12, 1970 where he served as an OH-6A Helicopter repairer and door gunner. Robert paid the ultimate sacrifice on Sept. 29, 1970 when his helicopter crashed in Binh Duong Province. You can find his name on panel 7W, line 100 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. William Whitby Olsen, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. William was born in 1947 and enlisted in the U.S. Army from Pocatello, Idaho. He was then deployed to Vietnam on Aug. 4, 1968. William made it about 10 months in country before paying the ultimate sacrifice on May 23, 1969 due to fragmentation wounds in Kien Hoa Province. You can find his name on panel 24W, line 88 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Bobby Gene Peterson, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Bobby was born in 1947 and enlisted in the U.S. Army from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He deployed to Vietnam on Dec. 16, 1966 where he was stationed at Phuoc Vin, Bih Duong Province, just 35 miles north of Saigon. One night, the base camp was assaulted by Viet Cong rockets and mortar fire. Bobby was mortally wounded. He paid the ultimate sacrifice on July 27, 1967 – four days after his 20th birthday. You can find his name on panel 24E, line 9 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. Jon Dale Peterson, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Jon was born in 1947 and graduated from Shelley High School. He then attended Idaho Technical College in Pocatello, Idaho and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army. Jon was deployed to Vietnam on Jan. 4, 1969 with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He paid the ultimate sacrifice just three months later while leading his men in battle in Long Khanh Province. You can find his name on panel 28W, line 104 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Lance Cpl. Michael Lee Poletti, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Michael enlisted in the Marines after attending high school in Pocatello, Idaho. He deployed to Vietnam on March 16, 1968 where his older brother Mario was already stationed. Mario chose to extend his stay in Vietnam so he could come home with Michael. Both were stationed near Da Nang Province in different branches of the military. Unfortunately, Michael ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice in the fall of 1968. His older brother Mario escorted Michael’s body back to the U.S. You can find his name on panel 44W, line 19 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Pfc. Michael Lloyd Priest, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Michael was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1947. He was active in 4-H for many years and in 1963 he was even named Idaho State tractor winner. In 1965 Michael graduated from Shelley High School and shortly after he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Vietnam on Feb. 17, 1967. While in Binh Dinh Province, Michael paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Spring of 1967 as he died from small arms fire. You can find his name on panel 17E, line 128 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Capt. Lewis Davern Probart, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Capt. Probart was a Pocatello local that graduated from Pocatello High School in 1961 and Idaho State University in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and afterwards was deployed to Vietnam on Jan. 28, 1969 where he served as a Regimental Staff Advisor. Capt. Probart died when his helicopter crashed near Xuan Loc in Phuoc Tuy Province. You can find his name on panel 20W, line 11 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Arturo Recio Rios, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Arturo was born in Alamo, Texas and grew up in Idaho falls, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and afterwards was deployed to Vietnam on Sept. 15, 1967. In February 1968 he was wounded for the second time while being in country. He was moved from Dinh Tuong Province to Japan for medical treatment. However, his wounds proved to be lethal and he died two months later on April 19, 1968. You can find his name on panel 51E, line 1 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Cpl. Douglas Noel Rowe, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Douglas was born in Rupert, Idaho and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1965. He then attended Idaho State University for two years before enlisting in the  U.S. Army. Shortly after, he was deployed to Vietnam on Dec. 17, 1968 as part of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Air Mobile Division. While in Tay Ninh Province, Douglas and the 61 soldiers of Bravo Company came under heavy enemy fire. Douglas was wounded but managed to take up a defensive firing position even though it left him further exposed to incoming hostile fire. Despite the danger to himself, he continued to defend his position until he fell – mortally wounded. On March 9, 1969, 52 out of the 61 soldiers of Bravo Company gave their lives during the grueling battle. You can find Douglas’ name on panel 30W, line 95 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Sgt. Vicente Dias Sandoval, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Vicente was born on April 10, 1945 and was an American Falls, Idaho local. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam on Aug. 2, 1966 as part of the 1st Cavalry Division. Vicente was in Vietnam for about eight months until on April 8, 1967 he suffered mortal fragmentation wounds resulting from an enemy assault in Binh Dinh Province. He would have turned 22 only two days later on April 10, 1967. You can find his name on panel 17E, line 128 when The Wall That Heals visits Blackfoot, Idaho this fall.

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In remembrance of Spc. Ariel James Smith, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Ariel was born in 1943 and was a Shelley, Idaho local. He enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after he graduated from Shelley High School in 1962. Ariel was deployed to Vietnam on May 8, 1969 where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in battle. Two months after receiving his award, Ariel died from multiple fragmentation wounds in Binh Duong Province. You can find his name on panel 16W, line 48 of The Wall That Heals.

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In remembrance of 1st Lt. James Andersen Smith, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. James was born in 1946 and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1964. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to Vietnam in the late summer of 1968. James was stationed 75 miles northwest of Saigon, near the Cambodian border. On Sept. 12, 1968, James moved his battalion forward to Binh Long Province to assist other units during an engagement with the enemy but paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was taken down by small arms fire. You can find his name on panel 44W, line 43 of The Wall That Heals.

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In remembrance of Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton, we are sharing a few details about his life and service to our country. Larry was born in 1932 and graduated from Iona High School. He first enlisted with the National Guard and served active duty in Korea before enlisting in the Air Force in 1953. Larry was then deployed to Vietnam on Nov. 1, 1965 where he served as a FG47 gunner with the 4th Air Commando Squadron 6250th Combat Support Group, 13th Air Force. Less than two months later, Larry was flying a mission where he was supposed to return to Ton Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon but he never did. He was declared killed in action soon after. You can find his name on panel 4E, line 38 of The Wall That Heals.

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