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DAR - Remember Our Fallen Men
By Carol Cavagnaro
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a national organization formed by women in 1890, to keep the memory of the wars, the patriots and the service needed to support our country when in crisis. Our goal is to educate and keep the public eye on those historic deeds by our military and to also provide service to our active servicemen and veterans.
On March 29, 1973, the United States formally pulled out of Vietnam. 58,220 men from America had lost their lives. Young men, never to tell their own story or to live their lives. Of those men, twenty-eight were from Napa County.
Napa’s Vineyard Trails Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have not forgotten them. Their heroism and valor will always be remembered. Below are the names of those local patriots who answered the call of duty and sacrificed their lives in combat.
Most of these men were right out of high school or college, responding to a call that could not be refused. Many of those who came home still wear the scars that continue to haunt them. Some have come home and been able to pick up the pieces. Many of them became leaders and successful benefactors to our County.
We thank you all, for your service, your sacrifice, and your survival. Please take a minute to say each name aloud and thank each man for his service and sacrifice.
Corporal, Tyson Vance Beall
Corporal, Ronald Allen Beardsley
Private 1st Class, Michael Richard Bishop
Private 1st Class, Robert Henry Buehler
Major, John V Callanan
Sergeant 1st Class, Louis Castro
Petty Officer Michael, Roy Clasen
Private 1st Class, Robert Lee Coonrod
Staff Sergeant, Arnold Jay Ferrari
Staff Sergeant, James Patrick Francis
Specialist, Steven Gary Hicks
Specialist, Jack Daniel Lanelli
Chief Petty Officer, Patrick Dale Moriarty
Private 1st Class, Ricky Alan Myers
Sergeant, Jerry Wayne Ofstedahl
Specialist 4th Grade, Lawrence L Petersen
Specialist, Gary Wayne Rodrigues
Sergeant, Lawrence Robert Shepard
Specialist, Thomas Joseph Silva
Sergeant, Charles Hansen Vesey
Chief Warrant Officer, Alwyn Williams
Private 1st Class, Edward Warren Woodruff
Private 1st Class, Douglas Paul Zerba
Private 1st Class, Robert Edward Jr. Flannery
Private 1st Class, Dan Stephen Long
Corporal, Michael Elkinton
Corporal, Jimmy Lee Fisher
Sergeant, Stephen Lance Townsend
Napa’s Vineyard Trails Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution