Genealogy Trails
Honors our
Vietnam Veterans


The Three Soldiers is a bronze statue designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component. The statue, unveiled in 1984, was designed by Frederick Hart. The soldiers are purposefully identifiable as Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic. The statue and the Wall appear to interact with each other, with the soldiers looking on in solemn tribute at the names of their dead comrades.

While putting together our WW2 webpage, our Trails hosts started sharing their Vietnam pictures and stories.
It just seemed like we should try and honor not only our grandparents, but also our fathers and brothers who may have served in this war.

Some of these pictures are of our hosts, others are relatives of our hosts.

The Vietnam Women's memorial is located a short distance south of The Vietnam Memorial Wall, north of the Reflecting Pool. It was designed by Glenna Goodacre and dedicated on November 11, 1993 to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses.

Veterans Day Facts

Regardless of the day of the week, Veterans Day is observed on November 11.

The date was chosen to commemorate World War I, which ended on November 11, 1918. 

Veterans Day was established by Congress on June 4, 1926

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Wayne Hinton
Host of
Washington Co, IL

The purpose of Veterans Day and Memorial Day are often confused.

Memorial Day is for honoring military personnel who died in service to their country.

Veterans Day is for thanking ALL men and women who have served in the military during times of war and peace.

 Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May.
It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country.

It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Many Southern States did not recognize Memorial Day until after World War I, and even after continued to have a separate Confederate Memorial Day, with the date varying from state to state.

It was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

“They All Gave Some -
Some Gave Their All”

Wayne E. Neely Sr.
Husband of host Brenda Neely

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Christmas Dinner, 1965.
Taken at Chu Chi, Vietnam

Giving Honor
Honor is Due


Bobby Crawford Obituary
(On our Johnson County, IL website)

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James Guyton, standing, far right
Brother of host Barb Ziegenmeyer

Uncles of Host Debbie Quinn


Online Data

Illinois Vietnam Casualties

Chicago Vietnam Casualties


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Beginning and Ending Timeline

(source: en.Wikepedia.org)

  • September 26, 1945 OSS officer Lt. Col. A. Peter Dewey working with the Viet Minh to repatriate captured Americans from the Japanese was shot by the Viet Minh at a roadblock in Saigon. He is not recognized at the memorial as American involvement officially begins in 1955.

  • November 1, 1955 - Dwight D. Eisenhower deploys Military Assistance Advisory Group to train the South Vietnam Army. This marks the official beginning American involvement in the war as recognized by the Memorial.

  • October 21, 1957 - Harry C. Cramer is killed during a training action. He is added to the wall after its dedication.

  • July 8, 1959 - Charles Ovnand and Dale R. Buis are killed by a sniper at Bien Hoa watching the movie "The Tattered Dress", starring Jeanne Crain. They are listed 1 and 2 at the wall's dedication. Ovnand's name is misspelled on the memorial as "Ovnard."

  • April 30, 1975 - Fall of Saigon

  • May 15, 1975 - 18 soldiers are killed on the last day of a rescue operation known as the Mayagüez incident with troops from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. They are the last soldiers listed on the timeline (Daniel A. Benedett, Lynn Blessing, Walter Boyd, Gregory S. Copenhaver, Andres Garcia, Bernard Gause, Jr., Gary L. Hall, Joseph N. Hargrove, James J. Jacques, Ashton N. Loney, Ronald J. Manning, Danny G. Marshall, James R. Maxwell, Richard W. Rivenburgh, Elwood E. Rumbaugh, Antonio Ramos Sandovall, Kelton R. Turner, Richard Vande Geer).

"The purpose of this memorial is to separate the issue of the sacrifices of the veterans from the U.S. policy in the war, thereby creating a venue for reconciliation. "

The Highgrounds Veterans Memorial Park is located three miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10 in west central Wisconsin, USA


Native American Vietnam Memorial.

located in Neillsville, WI

"The Highground is honored to have been chosen as the home of The National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Unanimous approval for this decision was given at the annual conference of the National Congress of American Indians held in Denver, CO in 1994.

Dedicated in 1995, The National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the first national memorial to come to The Highground. Harry Whitehorse, Madison sculptor and WW 11 veteran, created this bronze sculpture. Mounted on a red granite base, the sculpture depicts an American Indian soldier 'in jungle fatigues, holding a rifle in one hand and an Eagle Feather Staff in the other. The names of all American Indians who died as a result of the Vietnam war are etched into two of the four black granite panels which skirt the base of the entire statuary.

The other two black granite panels are inscribed with the following words:


This memorial statue was envisioned to serve as a touchstone where the quiet tears of unresolved grief from mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends could be shed in an honorific setting and be strengthened by the groundswell of pride that their departed loved ones stand in an elite company of Native American Warriors who fought in American's longest and costliest undeclared war. "The Forgotten Warrior" stands forth symbolically to uphold an memorialize the honor of those Native American warrior casualties as a lasting tribute to their sacrifices made in the script of commitment commingled with uncertainty, and strength empowered by purity.


Symbolic Elements of This Memorial
The red granite block supporting the statuary represents the blood spilled by our wounded and all those who gave their lives in the supreme sacrifice. Weighing ten tons, it bespeaks the burden of trauma and readjustment problems endemic to their experiences. Soft crystalline emanations from the white quartz circle amplifies the spiritual purity of their departed souls in the Great Spirit's afterlife. While the square edifice symbolizes the four comers of the earth as well as the fact that they did not flee from governmental dictates during that unpopular era when agonizing warfare was ablaze in The Republic of South Vietnam.

The particular site on The Highground on which the tribute stands was chosen by the land, not the people involved. The original plan called for it to be placed elsewhere. The land said that it belongs where it stands today. It seems as though it has always been here."

Quoted from the Highgrounds website

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