These Guys are my High school heros
The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial
at Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard was created in 1987 to honor the 646 Philadelphians who lost their lives during the war. They included 54 alumni of Thomas Edison School, which sustained the highest number of Vietnam War casualties of any high school in the nation.
The memorial consists of two walls that create an amphitheater designed to offer a place for quiet peace and reflection. The names of the fallen are etched in polished grey granite on the slightly concave southern wall. On the other wall are eight scene panels that begin with the launching of carrier aircraft in August 1964 and end with the rescue of Vietnamese refugees in April 1975. Two additional panels are inscribed with a map of Southeast Asia and with insignias of the five branches of service above a world map.
I went to school for 12 years with a couple of these guys.