Oct 13 2010

SM Harold C. Bentley (Bonvissutto), Jr.

Branch of Service: Navy

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: 1966-1969

Signalman Harold Charles Bentley (Bonvissutto)Jr. served in the Vietnam War on the LST 1122 San Joaquin Valley (Brown Water Navy) and the USS Pyro AE-24 ammo ship from 1966 to 1969. His service buddies still to this day talk of his great friendship to them and brotherhood of Vietnam War veterans. He became ill from that war from AGENT ORANGE and didn’t even know it. He was forever changed by his military service and the suffering he would endure until his passing in 2006 at the ripe old age of 60. He died from esophegeal and prostate cancer, dimentia and heart attack. He was denied by the VA even after his death. His son and his wife were forever changed by his military sacrifices changing him mentally with PTSD and Alcoholism to retreat from those war memories and diseases. He was even denied a headstone from 2006 to 2010 until I found out about it and wrote Senators and Congressmen. His grave was nothing but DIRT BLOWIN IN THE WIND IN A LONELY COUNTRYSIDE CEMETERY IN township of Pomfret, NY. He had so much AGENT ORANGE IN HIM the grass wouldn’t even grow on his grave. His son now suffers from Agent Orange related illnesses and he was also a veteran of the armed forces of the United States from Desert Storm. He and his mother should have been compensated for all of those trying years of illness and death. God Bless them for sacrificing so much for our nation.

This post was submitted by RetAirForceMan.

Oct 2 2010

Ray Clifford and Jimmy Lietz

Branch of Service: Navy

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: 1964-1966

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You won’t find the names of Ray Clifford nor Jimmy Lietz on the Wall. The Vietnam War Memorial preserves the names and helps keep alive the memories of over 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to our country.

Memories and photos are all that remain of Ray Clifford and Jimmy Lietz. They were two of the handful of paralyzed Vietnam vets who I met while living in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ray, a paraplegic, was a Navy corpsman who was shot while attending to wounded Marines on the battlefield. Jimmy served in the Army and became a quadriplegic when the Armored Personnel Carrier he was in got hit.

I mention Ray and Jimmy, not because I believe that their names also belong on the Wall–in which case it would have to have many more panels to represent and honor those whose lives were shortened by battlefield injuries and illness–but to pay tribute to just two of many veterans–active PVA members–who continued to serve other veterans and the Mexican community which welcomed them.

May they rest in peace………….

This post was submitted by QuadMexico.