Montpelier in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
After a Communist insurgency ended French Colonial rule of Vietnam the country became divided into Communist North Vietnam and pro-Western South Vietnam. An election to unify the country was to be held in 1956, but the President of South Vietnam cancelled it, sparking a protracted war between the North and South. The first American soldier killed in the Vietnam War was Air Force T-Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. on June 8. 1956. In January 1962, US. aircraft began spraying Agent Orange over rural areas of South Vietnam to kill vegetation providing cover to Communist forces, a decision that held long-term consequences for the health of U.S. Service members. On August 2. 1964, the Destroyer USS Maddox was operating in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin when it was fired upon by North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats. On August 7th, 1964 Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson to "take all necessary measures, including the use of armed force" in Vietnam.
In March 1965 U.S. Marines landed in Da Nang and began a steady escalation of the war. In July 1965, President Johnson called for 50,000
"We didn't lose the war; we were out of Vietnam two years before it ended. American forces served with honor and valor
-Bob Walkup, Pioneer Ohio
"We were brothers; we ate together, fought together, slept together and some died together. Yet we came home alone to no welcome. We are still brothers."
-Denny Keesbury, Montpelier Ohio
"The guys who went over there did a great service under very difficult conditions and deserve more credit
- Karl E. Mauerhan, Edon Ohio
"There were some good times as well as bad times but isn't that just life? I was in the Central Highlands, a lot of our time was spent on search and destroy missions. I spent a year living in the jungle not making it back to base camp until it was time to come home."
Roger Wieland, Stryker Ohio
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1962.
Location. 41° 35.247′ N, 84° 35.84′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Ohio, in Williams County. Memorial is on East Main Street (Ohio Route 107) just east of Henry Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 875 E Main St, Montpelier OH 43543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williams County Afghanistan War and 2nd Iraq War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); Entry of The United States (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Williams County Vietnam War Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Great War (here, next to this marker); Williams County Cold War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County Persian Gulf War MemorialAgnew-Shinabarger American Legion Post 307 Pioneer, Ohio (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 1, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.