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The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial

 
 
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
1. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
Inscription. President John F. Kennedy said, " A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers."

It is our intention to remember and honor these men from Alabama who served their Nation in a time of strife and turmoil.

The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial is an on-going project of members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 701 (Mobile) and Chapter 864 (Fairhope). The smaller of the two granite walls bears the names of 175 casualties from Mobile and Baldwin counties; the larger wall list all casualties from the state of Alabama. This memorial may well be the only one in the Country of this size and scope which was designed and in large part built by local Vietnam Veterans. Those of us who have sweated and worried over this feel honored and fortunate to have been a part of this project. Each of us has left a part of his soul in the heart of this Memorial and we hope all who visit will feel this Spirit.

*The B52*
The Memorial was built in the area to the left rear of the B52 bomber "Calamity Jane" because we wanted to once again, be "under the wing" of this massive airplane. This airplane is a Vietnam Veteran having completed more than 100 missions over North Vietnam.

*The Statue*
Our life-size bronze statue was sculpted by one of our
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
2. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
all gave some... Vietnam Veterans of America 701 Mobile ... some gave all To honor the men from Mobile and Baldwin Counties who gave their all in the Vietnam War, their names are listed here.
members. Rather than a combat soldier with field gear and weapon as you see at most memorials, we opted for a "fifty-ish" man in jeans and an old jungle fatigue shirt. He is holding a dogtag while looking at the Wall and seems to be
Remembering ..
people...places...
smells...loud noises...

*The Bracelet*
A Stainless steel POW-MIA bracelet sculpture, produced by a member, commemorates those men from Alabama who were captured or declared Missing-In-Action during the War in Southeast Asia and serves as a reminder that there are many Americans still missing from other Wars as well.

*The Helicopter*
The Huey is perhaps the most easily recognized piece of equipment from the Vietnam War. Ours is intended to honor all helicopters and their crews and so does not represent any particular role, type or branch of service. It was re-painted by a friend who was a gunship pilot in 1971. The colors and markings are to specifications of that time period.

*The Bricks*
The Engraved bricks, place on the "Honors Wall", are part of the fund-raising project to help pay for this Memorial. The bricks are not just for Vietnam Vets but rather for anyone who knows a Vet or would just like to show support for our Vets.

Brick Order Forms may be obtained in the Gift Shop To all who served, Thank You To all who served in Southeast Asia Welcome
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
3. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
Vietnam-War/Pain/Sorrow/Mystery/Jungle/Swamp/Mountains/Hot Vietnam Means something -different but the same-to all of us Vietnam has a lasting effect of one sort or another on all Americans Vietnam can only be understood by those of us who were there--- --- And we don't understand it A Vietnam Vet
Home, Your Donations will be used to maintain this memorial.
 
Location. 30° 41.001′ N, 88° 1.035′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Battleship Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Unheralded Breed of Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Vickery's Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Tank M48A1 (within shouting distance of this marker); B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horace O. Davis (about 800 feet away); Memorial to USS Herring (SS-233) (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Submarine Lookout Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Take Her Down!" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
4. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
We are the men from Alabama who served in Vietnam, but could not return... Remember us From Abrams to Laney.
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By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
5. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
From Langley to Ziegler Dedicated November 6, 1999
B-52D Statofortress image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
6. B-52D Statofortress
The B52* The Memorial was built in the area to the left rear of the B52 bomber "Calamity Jane" because we wanted to once again, be "under the wing" of this massive airplane. This airplane is a Vietnam Veteran having completed more than 100 missions over North Vietnam.
*The Helicopter* The Huey image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
7. *The Helicopter* The Huey
*The Statue* image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
8. *The Statue*
*The Bricks* image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
9. *The Bricks*
*The Bracelet* image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
10. *The Bracelet*
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
11. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
12. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
13. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
14. The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 92 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   12, 13, 14. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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