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Williams County Vietnam War Memorial

 
 
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
1. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Inscription.  
In January 1968, the Tet Offensive began. Attacks were carried out in more than 100 cities and outposts across South Vietnam. Also the US Embassy in Saigon was invaded. U.S. public support for the war began to wane. In May 1969. at Ap Bia Mountain, later nicknamed Hamburger Hill, US. paratroopers attacked entrenched North Vietnamese forces to cut off infiltration from Laos. In 1969, the Nixon administration gradually reduced the number of US. forces in South Vietnam as part of a strategy known as Vietnamization. U.S. troops in Vietnam were reduced from a peak of 549,000 in 1969 to 69.000 in 1972. In April through June 1970, US and South Vietnamese forces attacked communist bases across the Cambodian border. Congress repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and reasserted control over the President's ability to use force in the war. In March through October 1972, the North Vietnamese Army launched a large-scale offensives against the South Vietnamese Army and U.S. forces.

In December 1972. President Nixon ordered Operation Linebacker, air attacks on Hanoi and Haiphong, to force the North Vietnamese to negotiations. In January
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1973, The Selective Service announced the end of the draft and instituted an all-volunteer military. In January 1973. President Nixon signed the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In February through April 1973, North Vietnam returned 591 American prisoners of war in what is known as Operation Homecoming. The last Americans killed in the Vietnam War were Gary L. Hall, Joseph N. Hargrove and Danny G. Marshall, three Marines left behind on May 15. 1975 on Koh Tang Island during the Mayaguez incident. 2,709918 Americans served in uniform in Vietnam. Approximately 58.178 U.S. Service members were killed, 303,635 were wounded, and 2,500 Americans were listed as prisoners of war or missing in action. The effects of Agent Orange continued to take a toll on those who served. 240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.

"By serving in the Army and being sent to Vietnam, it has given me a greater appreciation for living and working in the United States of America."
- Lynn Skiles, Northwest Township

"Although the war was not good, I still thank God every morning for the bullet wound, the cancer and bringing me home alive and a chance to serve Him. The rice paddies were not easy for night ambushes but gave us a break from the jungles." Ted Mathes, Bryan, Ohio

"My brothers and I, from
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
2. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Front Top Left Side
Land Clearing meet every two years. We talk about what happened in Vietnam. Our wives are very involved and it helps."
Thomas L. Trausch, Edgerton, Ohio

"I never want to see Vietnam again, but I think about it all the time, too many lives needlessly lost. Like many, I continue to battle with numerous life-threatening illnesses caused by our exposure to Agent Orange. My only solace is the relationships I maintain with the men that were there with me."
- Frank Routt, West Unity Ohio

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1968.
 
Location. 41° 35.248′ N, 84° 35.842′ 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 left when traveling east. 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. Entry of The United States (here, next to this marker); The Great War (here, next to this marker); Williams County World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County Afghanistan War and 2nd Iraq War Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Williams County Vietnam War Memorial (here, next to this
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
3. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Front Top Right Side
marker); Williams County Cold War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County Korean War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County Persian Gulf War Memorial (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
4. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Left Side
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
5. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Right Side
Williams County Vietnam War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
6. Williams County Vietnam War Memorial
Front Bottom
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 4, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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