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Veterans Day should be every day for fallen heroes

None of warriors Compton lost in Vietnam were even close to celebrating their 30th year of life. All died between 1966 and 1973

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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Steve Avilla touches the name of a lost friend at The Moving Wall during a Nevada Veterans Day Celebration. The memorial is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, “The Wall,” which is located in Washington D.C. The Moving Wall is taken to various cities and towns throughout the country providing Americans with an opportunity to pay homage to the more than 58,000 Vietnam veterans who gave their lives for their country. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

Single day of honor a year not enough for these fallen heroes; Compton lost 48 young sons in South Vietnam and they will never be forgotten

Msgt. Ernest Tyrone Martin was the highest-ranking serviceman from Compton to die in the Vietnam War. He served in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. He died on Jan. 15, 1968. Courtesy U.S. Army/VirtualWall.org

Msgt. Ernest Tyrone Martin was the highest-ranking serviceman from Compton to die in the Vietnam War. He served in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. He died on Jan. 15, 1968. Courtesy U.S. Army/VirtualWall.org

COMPTON (MNS) — Veterans Day may lapse into history every year, but one single day of commemoration per year for the 58,220 servicemen who perished in the Vietnam War is simply not enough. Of that number, 48 heroes from Compton paid the ultimate price for America’s freedom.

Most of these warriors never made it to their 20th year, and none were close to celebrating their 30th year of life. That’s why the Compton Herald has listed them here. All died between 1966 and 1973.

Here are the young sons of Compton whose heroic lives faded to black. They represent the U.S. Marine Corps., U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force.

Listed in order of rank:

MSGT Ernest Tyrone Martin

SGT Steven Charles Powers

SGT Gary Lee Witherell

SGT Monroe Ward Cross

SGT Mike John Aguilar

SGT Melvin Barber

SGT Lowry Taylor Cuthbert

LCPL Martin Jesus Soto

LCPL Martin Jesus Soto

LCPL Joseph Ray Reynolds

LCPL Barry James Sitler

LCPL James Burnus Richee

SP5 Stanley Wendel Crawford

SP5 Tyrone Wright

SP5 Ernest Ervin Hood

SP5 Roy Martin Ping

SP5 Daniel Flore Sandoval

SP4 Alvin Mack Laster, Jr.

 SP4 Alvin Jim Alvarez

SP4 Santiago Herrer Escobar

SP4 Donald Edward Green

SP4 Ignacio Huicochea-Reyna

SP4 Walter Jack Soutar

SP4 Charles Aaron Johnson

SP4 John Lopez

SP4 Richard Charles Gupton

SP4 Phillips La Marr

SP4 Ralph Eric White

PFC Hugo Carlos Castaneda

PFC Raymond L. Zimmerman

PFC Alexander Vera Hernandez

PFC George M. Mays, Jr.

PFC Raymond Earle Musick, Jr.

PFC Ricky Vaughn Riley

PFC William D. Schiermeyer, Jr.

PFC Arthur Garcia Villalobos

PFC James Anderson, Jr.

PFC Alfonzo Louis Espinoza, Jr.

PFC Cordell Grove

PFC Charles Darnell Hicks, Jr

PFC Jose Medel Mendoza

PFC James Alvin Phipps

PFC Alexander D. Rodarte

PFC Henry Marsial Tabet

PFC Kenneth Edwin Wedlow

PFC Melvin B. Fenn

PFC Robert Emmett Murphy, Jr

PFC William Douglas Taylor

www.VirtualWall.org

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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