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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001 10:00 pm

What Memorial Day means to me:

Michael Edward Adams Roy James Blackwell Jr. Mario Alvarez Cisneros Gary Robert Cooper Jack Lee Croxdale II Benjamin David De Herrera Michael LeRoy Ellis James William Flynt III James Carl Frederick Gerald Lee George Jr. Prelow Grissette Mark Richard Hering Thomas Pate Huddleston Donald Iandoli Jeffrey Wayne Koonce

Roger Allen Kros Robert C. La Vallee Jr. Withold John Leszczynski Andrew John Orosz William Allen Ross Robert James Sanders Jack Henry Shoop Jr. Donald Eugene Smith Lewis Benjamin Smith James Ronald Speller Harry Edward Stephens Richard W. Thompson

Richard Walker Jr. Rudolph Nathaniel Ward Charles Joseph Watters Louis George Arnold Gregory Charles Bauer Bruce Martin Benzing Neal Ira Best David Brooks Betchel Robert Tildon Bly Harvey Lee Brown III Richard Thomas Busenlehner Manfred Francis Camarotte Ernesto Soliz CantuChet Diestel

Thomas Louis Corbett Charles Richard Crews Bruce Wayne Cunningham John D. Agostino Robert Paul Degen Casimiro Dianda John Michael Dunbar James Cabell Farley Michael William Ference Angel Ramo Flores-Jimen Troy Alexander Galyan Juan Manuel Garcia Michael Jay Gladden

Herbert Hoover Gray Dennis Greenwald William Thomas Hagerty Clarence Hall Bobby Gene Hastings William Allen Hawthorne William Donald Herst Jr. Robert Samuel Ferrulla Aaron Kamala Hervas Kenneth James Jacobson Harold James Kaufman Michael James Kiley Weston Joseph Langley

Carlos James Lozada Roger Dale Mabe George Michael Mattingly Tracy Henry Murrey Josh Cain Noah James William Nothern Jr. Wallace Lee Ogea John Manuel Ortiz Robert Edward Paciorek Thelbert G. Page Joseph Pannell James Robert Patterson Roy Charles Payne Jr.

Arnold Pinn Steven Reed Powell Walter Donald Ray Jesse Sanchez Jerome Charles Schoemaker John William Smith Ervin Spain Harry Herbert Spencer Frank Edward Stokes Ernest Ray Taylor Jr. Nathaniel Thompson Arthur Turner Jr. Lester Tyler Ernesto Villarreal

Thomas Joe Wade Earl Kennon Webb Merrel P. Whittington Lemuel Taylor Williams John Roby Wolf John Wesley Wooten Ronald Wayne Young William Cecil Hinkle Gerald Klossek Roy Ronald Lee Robert William Lindgren Roland Will Manuel Raymond Wil Michalopoulo David Richard Reynolds

Olis Ray Rigby Jesse E. Smith Billy Ray Cubit Kenneth Grant Owens Valdez Sharp Charles Edwards Willbanks William Lloyd Cates LeRoy Edward Fladry Alan John Impelithere Richard Nelson Kimball Jr. Peter J. Lantz Richard Floyd Mason Gary Doyle Roerink James R. Worrell John Martin Kovanda Charles Carter Nelson

Above are the names of the members of the 2nd and 4th battalions, 503rd Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) who died taking Hill 875 near Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, Nov. 19-23, 1967.

Some awfully good men died for a hill that we abandoned two days later.

Chet Diestel is the Lodi News-Sentinel's city editor. He can be reached at (209) 369-7035; at 125 N. Church St., or via e-mail.

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