Remembering Erie County's Vietnam War dead

Tom Jackson
Mar 27, 2013


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. 



Lest we forget

Darwin's choice

Semper Fi


MY FAMILY NEVER FORGETS! my father did three tours 7th special forces group ft bragg


Most wars are started based on lies. It is sad to say that many of America's young go off to war based on lies. History keeps repeating itself and future wars will too be based on lies by the rich and powerful. Who are the real "domestic enemies" among us?
"When one delves into the Pentagon Papers it becomes immediately clear why the government wanted them kept secret, for they expose the many lies that our government generated in order to get the American people strongly behind the war effort. Yet, the importance of these documents goes beyond their intrinsic historical value since they establish a precedence of governmental deceit that would be practiced again and again.

The media, however, continues to ignore the contents of these documents when discussing Vietnam either in print or on the tube. And herein lies the danger - for history that is hidden or unreported, or ignored because it is unpopular, is destined to be repeated. Just ask the people of Grenada, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq and Somalia."
"There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make."
"The Pentagon Papers, published 30 years ago this month, proved that the government had long lied to the country. Indeed, the papers revealed a policy of concealment and quite deliberate deception from the Truman administration onward."


may all their families know we honor them today just as if they died today. Peace be with you.

SmithMan1's picture

my uncle is on the list!