It took place in Lansing, Illinois; a friend Steve a fellow veteran of Vietnam.
His service was with the U.S Army 25th Division.
Steve could have avoid Vietnam as he was the son of the manager of the steel-mill that we both worked for as weldors.
Weldors are the humans doing the welding, welders are the machine used for welding.
Back to the day, I first saw all those names; in Vietnam we would lose a man here and few there.
But seeing all those names on that wall about blew me away.
Later I would see the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC twice.
Besides once working at a visiting 'Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall'.
Here in Altoona, PA we have a 'moving Vietnam Memorial Wall', that no longer travels.
It's located close to the VA hospital here in Altoona, PA.
On panel '1E' there three Marines that I had served with in Bravo Company 3rd Recon.
Lance Corporal Randall Kenneth Campbell USMC and Private First Class Carl Richard Wenzel USMC both died early after we arrived at Phu Bai Vietnam.
Later my Recon platoon commander; 1st Lieutenant Frank Stanley Reasoner USMC Medal of Honor posthumously.
His name is a few lines down from the first two.
Later on 18 October 1967, there's about 15 names of Marines, who were killed in action by the North Vietnamese on Operation Medina.
Sometimes, I ride my mountain bike to view those names.
There's a little office close by that has a lot of things from Vietnam.
I gave them three photos; one of 1st Lt. Frank S. Reasoner USMC, one of his Medal of Honor citation, and last but not least a photo of a Naval ship named USS Reasoner