April 24, 2014

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Fallen, Not Forgotten

 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated to 98 Lorain County soldiers

A list of the veterans, in order of date they died

Raymond Ellsworth Rupcic
Army
Date of Birth: Jan. 26, 1942
Date of Casualty: April 6, 1965 
Age: 23
Hometown: Lorain

Fleming Bukey Brainerd III
Army
Date of Birth: Dec. 31, 1933
Date of Casualty: May 26, 1965
Age: 31
Hometown: Amherst

Donald Raymond Bonko
Army
Date of Birth: Dec. 16, 1936
Date of Casualty: Nov. 26, 1965
Age: 28
Hometown: Lorain

Matthew John Pechaitis
Army
Date of Birth: June 24, 1942
Date of Casualty: Jan. 10, 1966
Age: 23
Hometown: Brownhelm Township
Ronald Ralich
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Sept. 19, 1946
Date of Casualty: May 29, 1966
Age: 19
Hometown: Lorain

Thomas Reginald Cowley
Army
Date of Birth: June 10, 1934
Date of Casualty: Aug. 28, 1966
Age: 31
Hometown: Lorain

James David Smith
Army
Date of Birth: Sept. 8, 1946
Date of Casualty: Sept. 22, 1966
Age: 20
Hometown: North Ridgeville

Cody Allen Balisteri
Navy
Date of Birth: March 20, 1941
Date of Casualty: Oct. 26, 1966
Age: 25
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

9
Raymond Hodorowski
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Aug. 29, 1945
Date of Casualty: March 6, 1967
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

10
James Patrick Byrne
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Nov. 17, 1944
Date of Casualty: March 8, 1967
Age: 22
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

11
John Herbert Snitch
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 14, 1947
Date of Casualty: March 15, 1967
Age: 19
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

12
George William McDaniel
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 21, 1947
Date of Casualty: April 29, 1967
Age: 19
Hometown: Lorain

13
Dennis Paul Bergenstein
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Sept. 24, 1945
Date of Casualty: May 3, 1967
Age: 21
Hometown: Avon Lake

14
Kenneth Charles Marley
Army
Date of Birth: March 20, 1944
Date of Casualty: May 13, 1967
Age: 23
Hometown: Wellington

15
Jose Hector Ortiz
Army
Date of Birth: Jan. 9, 1948
Date of Casualty: June 28, 1967
Age: 19
Hometown: Lorain

16
Larry Edward Fields
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Nov. 16, 1943
Date of Casualty: July 14, 1967
Age: 23
Hometown: Lorain

17
Gene Arcaro White
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: June 28, 1945
Date of Casualty: July 21, 1967
Age: 22
Hometown: Oberlin

18
Bruce Bernard Livingston
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Dec. 9, 1948
Date of Casualty: Sept. 2, 1967
Age: 18
Hometown: Lorain

19
Warren Taylor Scott
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: April 7, 1945
Date of Casualty: Sept. 20, 1967
Age: 22
Hometown: Oberlin

20
Jake Harold Van Meter Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: May 8, 1943
Date of Casualty: Oct. 7, 1967
Age: 24
Hometown: LaGrange

21
Robert Joseph Nagy
Army
Date of Birth: April 7, 1947
Date of Casualty: Oct. 17, 1967
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

22
Davis Allen Jones
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 9, 1947
Date of Casualty: Nov. 2, 1967
Age: 20
Hometown: Wellington

23
Elbert Ford Price Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 15, 1946
Date of Casualty: Nov. 6, 1967
Age: 21
Hometown: Eaton Township

24
James Calvin Whitmore
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 18, 1946
Date of Casualty: Nov. 9, 1967
Age: 21
Hometown: Elyria

25
Charles Douglas Sawyers
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 11, 1942
Date of Casualty: Nov. 11, 1967
Age: 25
Hometown: Sheffield Township

26
Hubert Jackson Payne
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 5, 1941
Date of Casualty: Nov. 17, 1967
Age: 26
Hometown: Vermilion

27
James Timothy Taylor
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: June 22, 1949
Date of Casualty: Dec. 16, 1967
Age: 18
Hometown: Grafton

28
Paul Douglas Strahm
Air Force
Date of Birth: Dec. 12, 1943
Date of Casualty: Jan. 14, 1968
Age: 24
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

29
Paul Junior Myers
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: June 11, 1941
Date of Casualty: Feb. 5, 1968
Age: 26
Hometown: Lorain

30
Michael Drennen Milburn
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 6, 1947
Date of Casualty: Feb. 6, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

31
John Lyle Murphy
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 3, 1947
Date of Casualty: Feb. 6, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Sheffield

32
Troy Tony Threet
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: June 8, 1947
Date of Casualty: Feb. 10, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

33
David Francis Schneider
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 24, 1946
Date of Casualty: Feb. 14, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Avon

34
George Wesley De Jarnett
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 30, 1942
Date of Casualty: Feb. 29,1968
Age: 25
Hometown: Elyria

35
Brian Thomas Murray
Army
Date of Birth: Feb. 10, 1947
Date of Casualty: March 5, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

36
Charles Dale Flood
Army
Date of Birth: March 21, 1949
Date of Casualty: March 10, 1968
Age: 18
Hometown: North Ridgeville

37
Gary William Perkins
Army
Date of Birth: March 5, 1942
Date of Casualty: March 12, 1968
Age: 26
Hometown: Wellington

38
Peter William Shagovac Jr.
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 20, 1949
Date of Casualty: April 1, 1968
Age: 18
Hometown: Lorain

39
Walter Michael Ostapchuk
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 28, 1945
Date of Casualty: April 5, 1968
Age: 22
Hometown: Columbia Station

40
Donnie Stanley Kegg
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 22, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 1, 1968
Age: 19
Hometown: Elyria

41
Billara Wolford
Army
Date of Birth: April 1, 1947
Date of Casualty: May 5, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

42
Angel Luis Sanchez
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 30, 1945
Date of Casualty: May 22, 1968
Age: 22
Hometown: Lorain

43
Earl Edward Barnhart Jr.
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: April 18, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 25, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

44
Johnnie Arnold Sheppard
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: May 24, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 31, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

45
Michael Joseph Conrady
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 17, 1946
Date of Casualty: June 1, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

46
Jack Gene Enix
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Feb. 13, 1948
Date of Casualty: June 6, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

47
Norman Jones Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 30, 1947
Date of Casualty: June 18, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

48
John Lester Began
Army
Date of Birth: April 10, 1945
Date of Casualty: Aug. 16, 1968
Age: 23
Hometown: Elyria

49
Timothy James Cottrell
Army
Date of Birth: Feb. 25, 1949
Date of Casualty: Aug. 27, 1968
Age: 19
Hometown: Wellington

50
William Earl Foster Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: May 17, 1943
Date of Casualty: Sept. 12, 1968
Age: 25
Hometown: Elyria

51
Calvin Kermit Coon
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: June 13, 1949
Date of Casualty: Sept. 18, 1968
Age: 19
Hometown: Elyria

52
Joseph George Ambrosio
Army
Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 1947
Date of Casualty: Sept. 27, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

53
Robert James Barry
Army
Date of Birth: July 19, 1947
Date of Casualty: Sept. 30, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

54
Raymond Michael Enczi
Army
Date of Birth: July 26, 1948
Date of Casualty: Oct. 31, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

55
Patrick Edward Smith Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: May 10, 1947
Date of Casualty: Nov. 26, 1968
Age: 21
Hometown: Avon

56
Zeneido Ortiz Jr.
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Sept. 2, 1948
Date of Casualty: Dec. 4, 1968
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

57
John Anthony Kocak
Army
Date of Birth: Feb. 2, 1945
Date of Casualty: Dec. 19, 1968
Age: 23
Hometown: Lorain

58
Ricardo Galvan
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1949
Date of Casualty: Dec. 31, 1968
Age: 19
Hometown: Lorain

59
Leo Allen George
Army
Date of Birth: June 28, 1948
Date of Casualty: Jan. 5, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

60
Jesse Leonard Ellis
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 22, 1948
Date of Casualty: Jan. 29, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Eaton Township

61
Raymond Joseph Baldauf
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Dec. 13, 1948
Date of Casualty: Feb. 14, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: North Ridgeville

62
Wayne Edward Benge
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 3, 1947
Date of Casualty: March 16, 1969
Age: 21
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

63
Richard Duane Orlando
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Jan. 9, 1948
Date of Casualty: April 27, 1969
Age: 21
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

64
Kenneth Lawrence Dulley
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 26, 1940
Date of Casualty: May 6, 1969
Age: 28
Hometown: Grafton

65
Edward Robert Tolley
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Sept. 20, 1949
Date of Casualty: May 12, 1969
Age: 19
Hometown: Lorain

66
William Val Springfield
Army
Date of Birth: May 7, 1942
Date of Casualty: May 13, 1969
Age: 27
Hometown: Elyria

67
William Kenneth Word
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 8, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 28, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

68
Gaylord Gerald Kerr
Army
Date of Birth: Dec. 3, 1948
Date of Casualty: June 3, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: North Ridgeville

69
Robert William Witty
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 29, 1950
Date of Casualty: June 17, 1969
Age: 18
Hometown: South Amherst

70
Donald Thomas Laskay
Army
Date of Birth: March 19, 1947
Date of Casualty: June 23, 1969
Age: 22
Hometown: Lorain

71
Robert Charles Cameron
Army
Date of Birth: Sept. 7, 1948
Date of Casualty: June 26, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

72
Freddie Laws Daniel
Army
Date of Birth: June 18, 1945
Date of Casualty: June 27, 1969
Age: 24
Hometown: Lorain

73
Wayne Stanley Horvath
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Dec. 2, 1949
Date of Casualty: June 30, 1969
Age: 19
Hometown: Amherst

74
Roger Dale Lawson
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 6, 1949
Date of Casualty: July 18, 1969
Age: 19
Hometown: Columbia Station

75
Robert Wendell Fletcher
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Oct. 2, 1948
Date of Casualty: July 28, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

76
Richard Lowell Irvin
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 6, 1948
Date of Casualty: Aug. 5, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

77
Jose Antonio Carrion
Army
Date of Birth: July 27, 1947
Date of Casualty: Aug. 7, 1969
Age: 22
Hometown: Lorain

78
Michael Lester Brundage
Army
Date of Birth: March 17, 1944
Date of Casualty: Aug. 14, 1969
Age: 25
Hometown: North Ridgeville

79
Edgardo Rafael La Torre
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 1, 1949
Date of Casualty: Aug. 20, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

80
William John Anderson Jr.
Army
Date of Birth: June 5, 1948
Date of Casualty: Aug. 24, 1969
Age: 21
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

81
Thomas Lynn Snyder
Army
Date of Birth: May 26, 1946
Date of Casualty: Sept. 14, 1969
Age: 23
Hometown: Amherst

82
Eddie Nelson Corsino
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Oct. 18, 1948
Date of Casualty: Sept. 17, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

83
Earl Eugene Charles
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 9, 1944
Date of Casualty: Oct. 9, 1969
Age: 25
Hometown: Lorain

84
John Dominick Arquillo
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 23, 1948
Date of Casualty: Oct. 13, 1969
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

85
Glenn Michael Schroeder
Army
Date of Birth: June 6, 1949
Date of Casualty: Oct. 21, 1969
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

86
Calvin Blanton Jr.
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: Sept. 10, 1948
Date of Casualty: Oct. 26, 1969
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

87
Richard Matthew Logan
Army
Date of Birth: July 8, 1944
Date of Casualty: Oct. 26, 1969
Age: 25
Hometown: Elyria

88
David Allen Fowler
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 8, 1951
Date of Casualty: Jan. 18, 1970
Age: 18
Hometown: Elyria

89
Carris Michael Francis
Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 10, 1951
Date of Casualty: March 24, 1970
Age: 18
Hometown: Elyria

90
Dale Andre Gronsky
Army
Date of Birth: Feb. 18, 1949
Date of Casualty: April 2, 1970
Age: 21
Hometown: Henrietta Township

91
John Lewis Kotora
Army
Date of Birth: Dec. 17, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 3, 1970
Age: 21
Hometown: Vermilion

92
Richard Max Pearl
Air Force
Date of Birth: May 12, 1938
Date of Casualty: July 21, 1970
Age: 32
Hometown: Lorain

93
Andrew Joseph Toth Jr.
Navy
Date of Birth: May 29, 1925
Date of Casualty: March 2, 1971
Age: 45
Hometown: Lorain

94
John Steven Gentkowski
Army
Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1950
Date of Casualty: April 19, 1971
Age: 20
Hometown: Elyria

95
Henry Dale Adkins
Army
Date of Birth: Aug. 18, 1950
Date of Casualty: May 23, 1971
Age: 20
Hometown: Lorain

96
Sidney Allen Cottrell
Army
Date of Birth: June 9, 1950
Date of Casualty: Oct. 4, 1971
Age: 21
Hometown: Wellington

97
James Patrick Delaney
Army
Date of Birth: Dec. 17, 1949
Date of Casualty: Nov. 10, 1971
Age: 21
Hometown: Lorain

98
Richard Vande Geer
Air Force
Date of Birth: Jan. 11, 1948
Date of Casualty: May 15, 1975
Age: 27
Hometown: Sheffield Lake

A look at the Lorain County 98

Number who left widows
26
Number of children left fatherless
31
Year they died
1965: 3
1966: 5
1967: 19
1968: 31
1969: 29
1970: 5
1971: 5
1975: 1
Branch of service
Army: 58
Marines: 35
Air Force: 3
Navy: 2