Topic: War & Peace (186)

Memorial Day 2021


The “missing man” formation is used by all branches of the US military to mark the passing of a service member.  Memorial Day was established to remember fallen military members and should not be conflated with Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) on November 11th that was created to recognize the service of all soldiers, living or dead.  At noon on Memorial Day the group of veterans, who take care of the flag and the flag pole in Fairhaven, will lower the spring flag and raise the large, summer flag.  The summer flag will immediately be lowered to half-staff as ordered by the President for Memorial Day.  You are welcome to participate or to observe.

Click here to observe the missing man flyover.

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David A. Swanson

May 30, 2021

Sp-6 Charles J. Crawford, Jr. HQ/1/502, 101st ABN DIV,  KIA 9 Feb 68, Quang Tri



Dick Conoboy

May 30, 2021

 My college classmates:

First Lieutenant Charlie Hymers, 1st Aviation Brigade, 11th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 128th Aviation Company, KIA 4 Feb 67, Vinh Binh Province.

Captain Gerald Winch,  25th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, Headquarters Company, KIA 15 Mar 1968, Binh Duong Province

My classmate from Infantry Officer and Airborne Courses:

First Lieutenant Michael Sudborough,  25th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, C Company, KIA 21 Mar 1967, Plei Trap Valley One Niner Battle, South Vietnam, Kontum province


Ruth Fruland

May 30, 2021

Theodor Van Skiles (Teddy) is the only friend I knew who was killed in Viet Nam. We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church growing up in Houston, Texas.  He was 22 years old, an Army Warrant Officer, and died in a helicopter crash two weeks after arriving on August 31, 1969 in Long An Province, South Vietnam – casualty date, September 17, 1969.

Your Memorial Day reminder and comments reminded me of my childhood friend who never got to live his full life. Thank you.


Bob Burr

May 30, 2021

Far too many killed in action to list, May all who unnecessarily lost their lives in unnecessary wars rest in peace. And may all who returned with PTSD and killed themselves be remembered on this day as well. And also bless all who returned maimed or messed up and who tragically are among the homeless today.


Dick Conoboy

May 30, 2021


How true.  Several of my friends from Viet Nam drank themselves to death.  Another put a bullet in his head.  Eric Bogle wrote a fine song about war.  Listen to it - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.


Bob Burr

May 30, 2021

Dick, one of my favorite songs of all time. And, while fortunately, many other artists covered it so that its cogent message reached a wider audience, Bogle’s version is the one I listen to frequently when I am in a mood to tear up or feel shame. Equally as stirring is his No Mans Land covered by many others as the Green Fields of France or just Willie McBride. I usually listen to them along with with Buffy St. Marie’s Universal Soldier and Phil Och’s I Aint a Marching Anymore and White Boots Marching In a Yellow Land. I have a long post-war folky history.

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Memorial Day 2021

By Dick ConoboyOn May 30, 2021

The “missing man” formation is used by all branches of the US military to mark the passing of a service member.  Memorial Day was established to remember fallen military [...]

6 comments, most recent 1 month ago

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10 comments, most recent 6 months ago

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By David A. SwansonOn May 07, 2020

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By Dick ConoboyOn May 30, 2018

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By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 16, 2017

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1 comment, most recent 4 years ago

Memorial Day 2016 - Thanking a True Soldier

By Dick ConoboyOn May 26, 2016

The message below was written by Christopher Brown, who co-founded Growing Veterans, a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans from all wars who are experiencing physical and mental trauma from their [...]

3 comments, most recent 5 years ago

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By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 11, 2015

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1 comment, most recent 5 years ago

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By Guest WriterOn Aug 24, 2015

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