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Palmerton Legion
Post #269
PO Box 84
Palmerton, PA 18071

Palmerton VFW
Post #7134
2020 Forest Inn Rd
Palmerton, PA 18071


Edward J. Moyer

Vietnam Moving Wall Coming to
 Palmerton July 2016

Moving Wall

The Moving Wall is approximately a 1/2 replica of the original Memorial in Washington DC. There are a total of 148 panels, 74 on each side of the apex.

The Moving Wall stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made to allow people the opportunity to visit The Wall in their communities who otherwise may not be able to make a trip to Washington to
see the original.

The names are arranged chronologically by date of casualty. The first names appear at the center of the wall at the top of panel 1E. The panels are filled like pages of a journal listing the names of men and women as they fell. Upon
reaching the farthest east end of the memorial at panel 70E, the pattern continues from the far west end of the memorial at panel 70W, continuing back to the center at panel 1W. In this manner, the memorial evokes a theme of closure or
completion; the first are with the last.

Thursday July 21, 2016,  7 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies
George H. Duell, Jr. - An American Soldier

Posting of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem

Opening Remarks:
Palmerton Mayor - Chris Olivia
State Representative - Doyle Heffley
County Commissioner - Wayne E. Nothstein
County Commissioner - Thomas J. Gerhard
Carbon County Veterans Affairs Director - Henry Desrosiers

Featured Speaker
Steve Vlossak - Vietnam Veteran


Friday July 22, 2016, 6 p.m.
  Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County

Call To Order - Harry J. Wynn III
Advance the Colors - Sgt. at Arms/Color Guard
Invocation - Chaplin Dan Bauer
Pledge of Allegiance - Comdr. Dennis Ockenhouse
Greetings Harry J. Wynn III
Main Speaker - Harry J. Wynn III First Comdr. VVOCC, 2008-10
Final Remarks - Dennis Ockenhouse Comdr. VVOCC
Benediction - Chaplin Dan Bauer
Salute The Dead - Sgt. at Arms/Firing Squad
Retire The Colors - Sgt. at Arms/Color Guard

Saturday July 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
  Wreath Laying and Candlelight Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies
 George H. Duell, Jr. - An American Soldier
National Anthem

Bill Gallagher - Vietnam Veteran

Laying of Wreaths
Raising of Luminaries

Sunday July 24, 2016, 6 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies

 Master of Ceremonies
George H. Duell, Jr. - An American Soldier

Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem
Closing Remarks
Honor Guard
Retiring of Colors

7 PM - A Patriotic Band Concert by the Palmerton Band will be presented at the park bandstand.

Donations generously made by organizations, businesses and individuals which allowed the Palmerton United Veterans Organization to display The Moving Wall

Anonymous Vietnam Veteran and his wife
American Legion Post 304 - Jim Thorpe
American Legion Post 123 - Lansford
American Legion Post 314 - Lehighton
Vietnam Last Man Standing Club
Attorney Jenny Cheng
Attorney William E. McDonald
Attorney Carol Wildoner-Walbert
Attorney Michael L. Ozalas
Attorney Michael S. Greek
Attorney Holly A. Heintzelman
Art & Mary Ellen George
Bill Gallagher
Blue Mountain Sky Lodge
Bruce & Karen Reiner
Carbon County Mountaineers
Carbon County Veterans Council
Carbon County Inter-Post
Country Harvest Food Market, Inc.
DeSousa Oil
First Northern Bank & Trust
Hungarian Club Auxiliary
Hungarian Club
Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank
Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1964
Jim Christman Team
John & Carol Stefanik
LaRose Insurance
Lehighton Amvets Post 106
Lehighton United Veterans Organization
Mauch Chunk Trust
Mr. & Mrs. Lutz
Mr. & Mrs. Baron Cebrowsky
Mr. & Mrs. Stidham
Mr. & Mrs. Snyder
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Wynn III
Mr. & Mrs. David Huszar
Mr. & Mrs. Kissner
Mr. & Mrs. Merluzzi
Northern Lehigh Lightning Swim Team
Palmerton Lions
Palmerton Swim Team
Peggy Zakrewsky and Friends
Pencor Services, Inc.
Thomas Scheib
TK Thomas Funeral Home
Terry’s Winner Circle
VFW Post 6708 - McAdoo
VFW Post 8008 - Nesquehoning
VFW Post 7134 - Palmerton
VFW Post 294 - Jim Thorpe
Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County

Donations listed above were received in time for printing.
If we have missed your name that is the reason. Please understand your donations are appreciated as much as those above. “A special thanks goes out to the Palmerton Borough for use of the park and to all those individuals who provided baked goods for the UVO bake sale.”

Our thanks to businesses collecting cash donations at their locations

Hungarian Club Shea’s Hardware
Bowmanstown Diner Palmerton Hotel
Bert’s Restaurant Country Harvest Market
Haja Bowling Alley Keystone Harley Davidson
The Boat Yard Boot Camp Jake Dempsey
Palmerton Heritage Center

Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

There are 58,300 names now listed on the Wall. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized.

The first known casualty was Richard Fitzgibbon of North Weymouth, Mass., killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCPL Richard Fitzgibbon III who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103, were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

1 soldier, PFC Dan Bullock, was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

8 women are on the Wall.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. 153 of them are on the Wall. Beallsville, Ohio, with a population of 475, lost 6 of their sons.

The Marines of Morenci, AZ ... 9 graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale, Utah – LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, and Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets. They all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 days in 1967 all three would be killed.

The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 .... 245.




Palmerton American Legion Post 269

LegionEmblem.Our Mission: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to Posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comrade ship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
The Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Rd. Palmerton

Membership: $25.00, first year is free.
Contact Ed for eligibility dates and more info.


Palmerton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134

VFWOur Mission: The Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition in enhancing the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects. From providing free phone cards to our nation's active-duty military personnel to raising money for the World War II memorial, the VFW is there, "honoring the dead by helping the living."

Meetings are held  the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
2020 Forest Inn Rd. Palmerton