“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Vietnam War

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial

Vietnam War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2013
1. Vietnam War Marker
Inscription.  What began as an effort to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam evolved into the most divisive war in American History since the Civil War. Starting with American troops serving as advisors, the war escalated until over 500,000 United States service personnel were serving in Southeast Asia, battling Viet Cong Guerillas and North Vietnamese Regulars.

Despite dwindling political and public support for the war, American troops fought bravely against a tough foe and never lost on the battlefield. By the late 1960s, American forces began to withdraw and the war was increasingly turned over to the South Vietnamese. Only after the complete departure of U.S. troops in 1973 and drastic cuts in military support to the south were communist forces able to achieve victory in April 1975. Over 350,000 American military personnel were killed or wounded.

Courage * Sacrifice * Duty

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
12 May 1959 - 30 August 1975

Acton, Marion Franklin • Andrews, Howard Rivers Jr. • Ausborn, Donald Eugene • Ayers, Lesley Steven • Bason, William Alfred II • Brown, James Phillip • Burch, Kenneth
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E. • Carnell, Archie D. • Chandler, Larry Delynn • Clark, Larry Gene • Cline, Donald Leo • Coleman, Charles E. • Cooper, Jeffrey Lance • Downs, James Larry • Downs, Vernon Leroy Jr. • Garth, Raymond • Hall, Lavle Jimmy • Hankins, Joel Richard • Hicks, Prentice Wayne • Hives, Lloyd A. • Huff, James Edmond • Hughes, Gordon K. • James, Raymon Horace Jr. • Kiger, James Anthony • Kuhse, Michael Darrell • Lewter, Stanley Reed • Magnusson, Fred Wayne • Mallory, David Allen • Matthews, Charles Toney • Matthews, Robert L. • Meeds, Herbert Lynn • Moore, Manuel • Moore, Roy Lee • Morganflash, Robert Lee • Nelson, Robert Thomas • Perry, James A. • Phillips, Elbert Austin • Raiford, Mark Phillip • Rice, Robert Ivan • Sheffield, Anthony D. • Shelton, Charles Howard • Sisk, Harry Duncan • Smith, Ronnie Wayne • Smith, Samuel Thomas Jr. • Spiece, Robert E. • Stewart, Sam William • Taylor, Charles Stockton • Varney, Willie R. • Walbridge, George Wilcox • Wallace, William Lewis • Wells, Benjamin Garth • White, Robert W. • Williams, Donald Lee • Williams, Paul Edward • Wood, Larry David • Woods, Jerry Otis
Erected 2011 by The Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam.
Location. 34° 44.074′ N, 86° 35.309′ 
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W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Memorial is at the intersection of Monroe Street Northwest and Washington Street Northwest, on the left when traveling east on Monroe Street Northwest. Located in Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Monroe Street Northwest, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War (a few steps from this marker); Persian Gulf War (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial Time Capsule (a few steps from this marker); World War II (a few steps from this marker); Global War on Terrorism (a few steps from this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); Commitment/Oath, Creed, And Code of Conduct (within shouting distance of this marker); I am an American Warrior (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
More about this marker. Memorials along the half circle wall behind fountain (right to left): WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf, Global War on Terrorism, Freedom Necessities.
Also see . . .  Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial. (Submitted on January 21, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on July 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on January 20, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Aug. 14, 2020