West Point Graduates Killed in Action – Vietnam

Dog Tags of the some 58,220 Americans we lost in Vietnam

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The dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War, were hung from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

Class of 1950

“Charles L. Butler”

17764 Killed in Action June 21, 1972 in An Loc, Viet Nam

“Carl Berg Mitchell”

17450 Killed in Action 14 January 1964

Cully was posthumously awarded the nation’s second highest medal for valor, the Air Force Cross, – the citation read:

“Major Carl B. Mitchell distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during low-level flight operations against heavily defended enemy positions. Despite heavy machine gun fire, which repeatedly struck his aircraft, Major Mitchell aggressively continued his efforts to locate and destroy the machine gun installations until his badly damaged aircraft crashed and burned.”

“Bobby Gene Vinson”

17575 Missing in Action in Vietnam on 24 Apr 1968

Probably his most notable football feats were a 98-yard intercepted pass return in 1948 and a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 1949 Army-Navy game. He was number one in the plebe class in physical aptitude and could take on the best heavyweights in boxing and wrestling.

In Korea flew 100 combat missions in FA-84s the same way he played football – with 100% commitment, 100% fearless.

Class of 1952

Joseph Clair Austin

Class of 1954

“Rox Shain” His fighter went down and Rox was never recovered. In the ’54 Game Rox was yanked off the Cadet Train as it pulled into Philly, was suited up and his resultant odd kick off style resulted in a Navy fumble which was recovered by Army.

Class of 1956

“Donald Walter Holleder”

Don Holleder

Class of 1959

Ralph Robert Wensinger

Class of 1962

Mike Casp

Mike Crabtree

Glen arranged for some 20 of us at the Advance Coarse to fly up to West Point to be with Mike when he was interned.

Bob Dickinson

Bob Fuellhart

Ed Krukowski

Frank Reasoner

Turk Griffith

Bill Whitehead

Class of 1963

“Larry Britten”

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