Washington County Pa. Vietnam War Memorial

 Vietnam War Memorial in Washington Cemetery – Washington, Pennsylvania
67 Men from Washington County, Pennsylvania made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam

Remember us - we were just kids - the most of us - not militant, not warriors, and certainly not men but trying just as hard as any can imagine to be so; just ordinary guys like you; and had we made it home we would be... standing where you stand, quiet with the thoughts you think no different - the same; just guys ...looking to be home.  W. Nickles

Remember us –
we were just kids – the most of us –
not militant, not warriors,
and certainly not men
but trying just as hard as
any can imagine to be so;
just ordinary guys
like you;
and had we made it home we would be…
standing where you stand,
quiet with the thoughts you think
no different –
the same;
just guys
…looking to be home.
W. Nickles


Name – Grade – Home – Date of Loss – Branch – Age

Allen R. Ambrogi, E5 – Finleyville – 6/7/69 – A – 20

Samuel H. Barnett, E6 – Washington – 1/21/71 – N – 30

Ronald D. Belarski, E5 – Charleroi – 8/25/70 – A – 20

Albert Brillo, Jr., E5 – Canonsburg – 11/1/67 – A – 18

Robert G. Brown, E3 – Finleyville – 3/21/66 – M – 19

Robert E. Bryant, E4 – Washington – 9/13/66 – M – 22

Joseph L. Byrne, Jr., E2 – Roscoe – 7/20/66 – M – 19

Michael W. Campos, E4 – Burgettstown – 3/26/68 – A – 22

Daniel C. Capitani, E3 – McDonald – 12/16/69 – A – 20

Michael A. Caputo, Sr., E7 – Richeyville – 11/6/69 – A – 37

Andrew P. Chamaj, E4 – Scenery Hill – 7/15/66 – N – 24

James H. Colbert, E5 – Fredericktown – 3/1/71 – A – 27

Gerald A. Coyle, E5 – Bentleyville – 5/13/75 – AF – 32

Edwin H. Curtiss, W1 – Stockdale – 10/14/70 – A – 20

Kenneth G. Cushman, E4 – Finleyville – 9/13/68 – A – 20

Dennis P. Day, E3 – Monongahela – 2/2/68 – N – 21

Donald J. Fawcett, E6 – Monongahela – 7/3/66 – A – 25

Robert G. Findley, E2 – Washington – 3/14/68 – M – 19

Floyd S. Giebell, E5 – Burgettstown – 10/31/69 – A – 22

Terry L. Gilpin, E3 – Marianna – 8/2/70 – A – 21

George E. Glenn, Jr., E4 – Marianna – 9/25/67 – M – 21

Lawrence F. Greer, E2 – Strabane – 2/2/69 – M – 19

William E. Guseman, III, E4 – Finleyville – 1/25/67 – M – 20

Walter W. Hamilton, E4 – Eighty Four – 7/26/70 – A – 20

Charles L. Harris, E6 – Marianna – 9/5/69 – A – 20

Robert K. Hice, E1 – Rea – 4/13/67 – M – 23

Lemuel Isabelle, E5 – Charleroi – 2/25/69 – A – 21

Donald W. Jacobs, O2 – McDonald – 6/11/68 – A – 22

George R. Johnson, E3 – Amity – 10/2/70 – A – 19

Michael Karpiak, Jr., E5 – Richeyville – 12/8/67 – A – 20

Joseph R. Karpy, E4 – Canonsburg – 5/4/69 – A – 22

Donald W. Keenan, E4 – Claysville – 9/1/67 – M – 18

Harry K. Latshaw, E2 – Rea – 3/6/68 – M – 18

Gary W. Leighton, E2 – Washington – 5/29/69 – M – 19

Thomas M. Lejeune, E6 – Monongahela – 6/5/72 – A – 24

Gerald J. Lynch, E6 – Donora – 5/10/70 – A – 23

Thomas R. Matty, E4 – Denbo – 12/21/67 – M – 22

David B. Matykiewicz, E4 – Washington – 5/21/71 – A – 20

Donald W. McCammon, E7 – West Alexander – 12/5/65 – A – 40

Robert A. McPherson, E3 – Canonsburg – 4/30/68 – M – 19

Joseph J. Melnyk, Jr., E3 – Burgettstown – 3/7/68 – A – 20

David R. Myers, O2 – Washington – 12/21/67 – A – 26

Louis J. Orison, E6 – Burgettstown – 2/6/68 – A – 27

John Panak, Jr., E6 – Coal Center – 8/31/68 – A – 28

Jay W. Parola, E4 – Charleroi – 10/28/68 – A – 19

Paul J. Perecko, O5 – Monongahela – 2/10/67 – A – 43

Thomas A. Preaux, E5 – Cecil – 4/26/67 – AF – 38

John L. Reagle, E3 – Centerville – 1/28/69 – A – 20

James J. Reilly, Jr., E7 – Washington – 10/10/65 – A – 39

Charles H. Richards, Jr., E3 – Canonsburg – 7/16/67 – A – 20

David L. Rizor, E2 – Washington – 10/9/65 – A – 21

John J. Rudinec, E4 – Donora – 2/21/67 – A – 22

Larry G. Salisberry, E3 – Washington – 8/2/67 – N – 21

Thomas A. Shipe, E3 – Venetia – 9/19/70 – A – 22

Robert A. Sikon, E3 – Washington – 12/26/67 – A – 18

Ray O. Simons, Jr., E4 – Avella – 1/26/68 – M – 22

John D. Slesh, Jr., E2 – Washington – 5/8/67 – M – 21

Alfred C. Springfield, Jr., E4 – Canonsburg – 11/8/67 – M – 21

Karl G. Taylor, E6 – Avella – 12/8/68 – M – 29

Harold R. Vogel, O3 – Monongahela – 6/14/68 – AF – 27

James R. Waltz, E7 – Washington – 5/13/68 – M – 39

Sherman T. Washington, E2 – Marianna – 3/31/68 – M – 20

Richard L. Windsheimer, E4 – Burgettstown – 7/30/69 – M – 28

Roland S. Zierden, E2 – Cecil – 3/28/69 – M – 20

Charles L. Zoog, E2 – Mount Pleasant – 3/6/66 – M – 22
   (a later report indicates Pvt. Zoog was from Hickory)

Missing in Action:
(Listed as B.N.R. – Body Not Recovered)

James A. McEwen, O2 – Washington – 10/22/65 – AF – 24

Paul D. Urquhart, O3 – McMurray – 5/28/71 – A – 26

Medal of Honor:

KARL GORMAN TAYLOR, SR. (Posthumously awarded the M.O.H.)
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF.
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 December 1968.
Entered service at: Baltimore, Md.
Born: 14 July 1939, Laurel, Md.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving at night as a company gunnery sergeant during Operation MEADE RIVER. Informed that the commander of the lead platoon had been mortally wounded when his unit was pinned down by a heavy volume of enemy fire, S/Sgt. Taylor along with another marine, crawled forward to the beleaguered unit through a hail of hostile fire, shouted encouragement and instructions to the men, and deployed them to covered positions. With his companion, he then repeatedly maneuvered across an open area to rescue those marines who were too seriously wounded to move by themselves. Upon learning that there were still other seriously wounded men Lying in another open area, in proximity to an enemy machinegun position, S/Sgt. Taylor, accompanied by 4 comrades, led his men forward across the fire-swept terrain in an attempt to rescue the marines. When his group was halted by devastating fire, he directed his companions to return to the company command post; whereupon he took his grenade launcher and in full view of the enemy, charged across the open rice paddy toward the machinegun position, firing his weapon as he ran. Although wounded several times, he succeeded in reaching the machinegun bunker and silencing the fire from that sector, moments before he was mortally wounded. Directly instrumental in saving the lives of several of his fellow marines, S/Sgt. Taylor, by his indomitable courage, inspiring leadership, and selfless dedication, upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.

Karl-Gorman-Taylor

WALTER JOSEPH MARM, JR. 
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant (then 2d Lt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
Place and date: Vicinity of la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965.
Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Born: 20 November 1941, Washington, Pa. G.O. No.: 7, 15 February 1967.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. As a platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 1st Lt. Marm demonstrated indomitable courage during a combat operation. His company was moving through the valley to relieve a friendly unit surrounded by an enemy force of estimated regimental size. 1st Lt. Marm led his platoon through withering fire until they were finally forced to take cover. Realizing that his platoon could not hold very long, and seeing four enemy soldiers moving into his position, he moved quickly under heavy fire and annihilated all 4. Then, seeing that his platoon was receiving intense fire from a concealed machine gun, he deliberately exposed himself to draw its fire. Thus locating its position, he attempted to destroy it with an antitank weapon. Although he inflicted casualties, the weapon did not silence the enemy fire. Quickly, disregarding the intense fire directed on him and his platoon, he charged 30 meters across open ground, and hurled grenades into the enemy position, killing some of the 8 insurgents manning it. Although severely wounded, when his grenades were expended, armed with only a rifle, he continued the momentum of his assault on the position and killed the remainder of the enemy. 1st Lt. Marm’s selfless actions reduced the fire on his platoon, broke the enemy assault, and rallied his unit to continue toward the accomplishment of this mission. 1st Lt. Marm’s gallantry on the battlefield and his extraordinary intrepidity at the risk of his life are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.


DEDICATION CEREMONY November 14, 1999
More about the Washington County Vietnam Memorial

The home for the Washington County Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is in the Washington Cemetery located at 498 Park Avenue, Washington, PA, 15301.

The site for the Memorial was carefully selected for its close proximity to the Veteran’s Section where hundreds of soldiers from all wars have been laid to rest.

Carved out of the hillside directly downhill of the Veteran’s Section, the setting is reminiscent of the seclusion offered to visitors at “The Wall” in Washington, DC. Here the Memorial will perpetually honor the 67 fallen sons of Washington County who made the ultimate sacrifice, “Lest We Forget“.

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Pittsburgh, Pa. Vietnam Memorial

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