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The Sewart AFB reunion is now over...FOREVER...

February 8, 2013

It is with regret that a decision has been made to discontinue the Biennial Sewart AFB Reunion. Attendance has declined

from a high of over 500 to just over 100 at the 2011 reunion. Ages of 2011 attendees were late 70s, 80s and more than

a few in their 90s. We are not getting any younger.

For those who wish to attend reunions with other members of former SAFB Units, we have included contact information

for groups that are still meeting. Feel free to contact them directly for information.

Sam McGowan: www.troopcarrier.org      E-MAIL: sammcgowan@troopcarrier.org  281-778-3206

317th Veterans Group Bill Lloyd E-MAIL:  lloydwbill@aol.com  703-435-6598

Edward Buynisk: www.39thassociation.org   E-MAIL: edwardbuyniski@gmail.com  513-241-2464

On behalf of the SAFB Reunion Committees, past and present, it has truly been an honor and pleasure to organize and

attend the reunions. Feel free to visit our website, www.safbtn.orgfor information.

NOTICE

I (NICK NICHOLSON) WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE WWW.SAFBTN.ORG WEB SITE AND WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THE "LAST FLIGHT" DECEASED LIST FOR AS LONG AS THE CURRENT HOST SITE IS PAID FOR.  I WILL ALSO POST WHATEVER PERTINENT INFORMATION CONCERNING SEWART ALUMNI TO KEEP ALL OF YOU INFORMED ON WHATEVER IT IS THAT WOULD INTEREST SAID ALUMI.

 

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Interesting Vietnam Facts

 

Some Important Data and Statistics: Please read on...
 
In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet, in another sense, should give one a sense of pride.
 
"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam; less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old."
 
So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last
1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? Don't know about you, but kinda gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets.
 
So the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only a few will survive by
2015...if any.
 
If true, 390 VN vets die a day, on average. So in 2190 days from today, you're lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive..... In only 6 years..
 
These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the Forward Observer
 
FOR YOUR INFORMATION,
 
STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS:
 
* 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
(August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).
 
* 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March
28,1973).
 
* 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam , this number represents 9.7% of their generation.
 
* 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater ( Vietnam , Laos , Cambodia , flight crews based in Thailand , and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).
 
* 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan.
1,1965 - March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between
1960 and 1964.
 
* Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
 
* 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam .
 
* Peak troop strength in Vietnam : 543,482 (April 30, 1968).
 

CASUALTIES:
 
The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the
509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.
 
Hostile deaths: 47,378
 
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
 
Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total.
 
8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA..
 
61% of the men killed were 21 or younger..
 
11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.
 
Of those killed, 17,539 were married.
 
Average age of men killed: 23.1 years
 
Enlisted: 50,274  22.37 years
 
Officers: 6,598  28.43 years
 
Warrants: 1,276  24.73 years
 
E1: 525  20.34 years
 
11B MOS(Infantry): 18,465  22.55 years
 
Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
 
The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
 
Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).
 
Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.
 
Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled;
5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.
 
Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea .
 
Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.
 
Missing in Action: 2,338
 
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)
 
As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
 
DRAFTEES VS.. VOLUNTEERS:
 
25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees.
(66% of U.S. Armed forces members were drafted during WWII).
 
Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam .
 
Reservists killed: 5,977
 
National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
 
Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
 
Actually served in Vietnam : 38% Marine Corps Draft:
42,633.
 

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.
 
RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND:
 
88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%
(275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
 
86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);
 
12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.
 
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam ; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.
 
70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.
 
86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
 
14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
 
34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
 
Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.
 
Religion of Dead:  Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none --
6.7% SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS:
 
Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.
 
Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.
 
76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.
 
Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.
 
Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.
 
79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service. 63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.
 
Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%; Midwest -- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.
 
DRUG USAGE & CRIME:
 
There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans Administration Study)
 
Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.
 

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.
 
WINNING & LOSING:
 
82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.
 
Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.
 
HONORABLE SERVICE:
 
97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.
 
91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.
 
74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.
 
87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem..
 
INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS & THOSE TO CLAIM TO HAVE "Been There":
 
1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August,1995
(census figures).
 
During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country was: 9,492,958.
 
As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between '95 and '00. That's 390 per day.
 
During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, FOUR OUT OF FIVE WHO CLAIM TO BE Vietnam vets are not.
 
The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this erred index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365).
 
Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all. The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations.
 
From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers. - Source: Nixon Presidential Papers.

                                 Statistics -- The Vietnam Wall
 
 
 
"Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream."
 
 Something to think about: Most of the surviving parents of the dead are now deceased themselves.
 
 There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
 
 The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
 
 The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass., listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
 
 
 There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
 
 39,996 soldiers on the Wall were just 22 years old or younger.
 
 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
 
 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
 
 One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock, was 15 years old.
 
 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .
 
 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last scheduled day in Vietnam.
 
 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
 
 Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
 
 54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia.... wonder why so many from one school?
 
 8 Women are on the Wall -- nursing the wounded.
 
 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War;
 153 of them are on the Wall.
 
 Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
 
 West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
 
 The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci
 (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
 
 The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
 
 The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
 
 The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 ~ 2,415 casualties were incurred.
 
 For many Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wife's, sons and daughters.
 
 There are no noble wars.... Just noble warriors
.

 

Photo Album

Communities & Forums

Have a look at our new online photo album filled with pictures from our reunion held in May 2007... in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
bullet MSN People & Chat
bulletDiscussion Group for C-130 Vets:     http://groups.msn.com/Herkybirds

  "Important Links":

 

A couple "Samples" from "Important Links"

bulletAgent Orange Information:      http://vvof.org/vvofaopg.htm
bulletVeteran Records:     http://www.VETRECS.com/
bulletAnd much, much more

Weather, News, Headlines...

Hurricane Information: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov/

CNN: http://www.cnn.com

 

Contact Information

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1786 Fleeman Road
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