The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
There were 39,996 killed who were just 22 or younger.
The largest age group, 33,103 soldiers, were 18 years old.
There are 12 soldiers who were 17 years old.
There were 5 soldiers who were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
There were 997 soldiers killed on their first day in Vietnam.
There were 1,448 soldiers killed on their last day in Vietnam.
There are 31 sets of brothers on the Wall.
Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
There were 54 soldiers who were killed that were from Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia.
There are 8 women are on the Wall who were killed while nursing the wounded.
There are 244 soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation with 711 soldiers killed.
There were nine soldiers who were known as The Marines of Morenci. They were best friends and decided to join the Marines on Independence Day in 1966. They were ferocious fighters. Only three made it home.
The most casualties in a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualties in a single month was May 1968 when 2,415 soldiers were killed.
For most people who read this they'll only pay attention to the interesting facts and figures because it's hard to be emotionally impacted unless you survived the war or was impacted such as the friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, etc., of those who served and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They see faces. They feel emotion. I hope we never forget the impact. The sacrifices. Not every war is noble but there are always noble warriors.