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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“Valiant Veteran”

 
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication
Inscription.

To those who served
and those who gave their
lives in South-East Asia during
the Vietnam War 1960 - 1975

[Roll of Honored Dead]

Description of the Sculpture for
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This Monument of the Vietnam War Memorial for Luzerne County is a depiction of a heavy gauge bronze sculpture with a natural sulfide bronehantite patina set atop a slate base. The base is 10' long, 6' 10" wide, 2' high. The sculpture atop measures 10' high, for a total of 12' from the ground. The figure of the valiant veteran is 8' 5" tall from toe to head, or 1.43 times life size.

The warrior, wearing combat fatigue pants and boots holds a broken K-Bar Knife and stands atop the shield - the Keystone of Pennsylvania, an allegory to the return of the spartan soldier to the intonation "with it or on it." In the figure's left hand is a crown of stars symbolizing the branches of the Armed Services taken from the brow - his head turned in grief.

Behind the figure stands the symbols of Vietnam, which is pierced by pungee sticks, a barbaric guerrilla warfare weapon utilized in Southeast Asia. There is one spear for each 3 years of our involvement in this war. These symbolize the enslavement of Vietnam in the Bamboo Curtain of Communism, the misery of this country at its loss of liberty,

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
our sons and brothers whose blood was spilled on her soil, the Prisoners of War and the Missing In Action, the imprisoned and those who have never returned. The spaces between the pungee sticks symbolize the IV Corps of Action in Vietnam.

The slate base is set at 17 degrees to the ground, the parallel of the latitude of the partition between North and South Vietnam on our entrance to the war. Upon the base of this monumental sculpture are the names of our native sons who gave their lives in the Action.

Gerhard Francis Baut, B.F.A.
Am di Venezia

Dedicated February 21st, 1988

 
Erected 1988 by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, Luzerne County Commissioners, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 41° 15.045′ N, 75° 52.802′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on River Street north of Union Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Memorial is on the Luzerne County Courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North River Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellen Webster Palmer (a few steps from this marker); Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker);
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
3. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
109th Field Artillery Battalion (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre (within shouting distance of this marker); Wyoming Division Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Center of Law, Politics and Power (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Ellen Webster Palmer (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
4. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
5. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
6. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
8. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
9. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
11. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honored Dead
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
12. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sculpture Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
13. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sculpture Detail
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sculptor's Mark image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
14. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sculptor's Mark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on November 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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