Hicksville Vietnam War Era Memorial UPDATE

The Project Team suffered two great losses in November with the deaths of Carl Probst (HHS 1959) and Linda Walden, wife of Bill Walden (HHS 1965), Team Treasurer and Hicksville Area Coordinator.  Please join us in extending our deepest sympathy to the Probst Family along with Bill and his Family.

Given this circumstance, we will not issue the normal report this month.

What we thought we’d do instead is report on the progress of Memorial Construction, headed up by John Tranchina (HHS 1964).  We’d also like to show each of you the planned content of the Memorial’s Center Stone.

During November, John received a formal quotation for the Memorial’s stonework and is working with the stone vendor on some needed adjustment to the thickness of the footings that they quoted.  He also expects to receive a formal quotation for the name/service data plates that will be mounted on the Memorial stones that will be constructed to the left and right of the Center Stone.

The Center Stone will contain the Memorial’s Center/Dedication Plaque and a complete list of those Killed In Action (KIA) during the Vietnam War Era.  The Center/Dedication Plaque was donated by Ken Strafer (HHS 1962), the original founder of this Project and will be mounted at the top of the Center Stone.  The KIA List will appear on the Center Stone below the Center/Dedication Plaque.

The Center/Dedication Plaque is currently on display at the Hicksville VFW Post where Bill Walden is Commander.

A typed list of the KIA data that will appear below the Dedication Plaque and will be either engraved on, or mounted as an engraved plate, appears on the next page. 

We will return to our normal reporting format for the January 1, 2019 issue of HixNews.

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW

HICKSVILLE VIETNAM WAR ERA MEMORIAL

THOSE KILLED IN ACTION (KIA)

Listed by Date of Death

Name                                                  Rank               Branch       Class           Date            Notes               

O’Neill, James Raymond                  MAJ               USAF    HHS 1940    2/6/63            20+

Walkowski, Paul Douglas                 SP4                 USA      HHS 1961    5/21/66

Tomasovic, Stanley Robert              PFC                USA       HHS 1965   10/28/66

Jackson , Edward Henry                   SP4                 USA      HHS 1965    2/16/67

Hollenbach, Donald Walter             PFC                 USA       HHS 1966   11/22/67

Chomyk, William                              1LT                USAF     HHS 1961    4/22/68         BNR

Giannelli, Alan Robert                     SGT                USA        HHS 1964    9/14/68

Mazzone, Joseph Mark                    SP4                 USA       HHS 1963    9/22/68

Schiavone, Ralph                              1LT                USAF     HHS 1960   10/3/68

Johnson, Kenneth                             SFC                USA        HHS 1954   11/28/68       NBI

Kozma, Carl Noel                             1LT                 USA        HHS 1966   2/22/69

Aldag, William Arthur                     SGT                USA        HHS 1968   2/24/70

Wilenski, Stanley, Jr.                        SP4                 USA       HHS 1962   4/19/70

Stolz, James Edward, Jr.                  1LT               USMC     HHS 1965   11/18/70

Sawtelle, Paul Coburn                      CPT                USA        HHS 1963   4/16/71

Rausch, Robert Earnest                   MAJ              USAF     HHS 1956   10/9/73         BNR

Wingate, Richard                                                      USN      HHS 1967                         NBI

Waters, Joseph P.                                                    USAF     ST. ANASTASIA            NBI              

Notes:  20+ (years of svc.); BNR (Body Not Recovered); NBI (Non-Battle Injury)