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Remembering Erie County's Vietnam War dead

Tom Jackson • Mar 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Forty years ago this week, the last American ground troops were pulled out of South Vietnam to comply with the U.S. peace treaty with North Vietnam. The Vietnam War lasted about another two years, until the North won and Saigon fell.

Here is a list of 26 people from Erie County who are among the about 58,000 Americans who died in the war. I compiled the list from this document in the National Archives. 

I have included a link for each name to the listing on a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Web site. Click on the name and you can obtain information about the person. In turn, note that there are two more links from that page: A "Back One Page" link that provides additional basic information, and a "Personal Comments or Pictures Click Here" link. The "Back One Page" link apparently is not working, so run a search for the name on the site to get the person's hometown, etc.

Ensign James Baumer (Navy).

Pfc. James W. Blake (Marines).

Lt. j.g. Arthur C. Buck (Navy).

Warrant Officer Terry L. Denney (Army).

Sgt. 1st Class James C. Fekete (Army).

Spc. Herman E. Gant (Army).

Cpl. Andres A. Gonzalez (Army).

Cpl. Charles W. Greene (Marines).

Sgt. William R. Hainley (Army).

Pfc. Gregg W. Heidrich (Army).

Spc. 5 David R. Houser (Army).

Pfc. Ronald C. Kearsley (Marines).

Lance Cpl. John E. Kochensparger (Marines).

Pfc. David J. Levier (Army).

Sgt. John Lewis Kotora (Army.)

Spc. 4 Charles T. Meadows (Army).

Sgt. Terrance R. Mesenburg (Army).

Pfc. Hubert Jackson Payne (Army).

Spc. 4 Dennis M. Ramon (Army).

Pfc. Robert C. Reynolds (Marines).

Sgt. David M. Sexton (Army).

1st. Lt. Nelson L. Smith (Army).

Pfc. Alan A. Stein (Marines).

Capt. Dale D. Thomas (Army).

Pfc. Green Thomas (Army).

Sgt. Theodore D. Ward (Army).

Source: National Archives.

Note: Local Vietnam veteran Paul Hauch says that he counts three additional persons as from Erie County. Pfc. Gary Dauch (Army) listed in the National Archives as from Clyde, went to Margaretta schools. Hauch says Pfc. Ronald Parsley (Marines), listed in the archives as from Monroeville, attended Sandusky High School. Kenneth David Thompson (Army), listed as from Marion, lived on the corner of McDonough and West Market in Sandusky.)

Update: Cecil Weatherspoon phoned and said this list also should include Walter Williams Jr., known as "Junebug." He is listed as from Cincinnati but he grew up here, Weatherspoon told me. 

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