On menu at left, click on MILITARY: 7 WE LOST IN VIETNAM and their names will appear. Click on each name to read more about each one individually.
Robert Davis--Marines--died 4-26-1966--buried Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey
Dennis Dooley--Army--died 11-12-1966--buried Short Cemetery, Cottage Hills
Gary Gillean--Army--died 9-8-1967--buried Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Bethalto.
Bob Madson--Army--died 4-10-1968--buried Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey.
Ron Wilson--Marines--died 9-14-1967--buried Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Bethalto.
Lenny Witcher--Marines--died 9-15-66--buried St. Patrick's Cemetery, Godfrey
Stephen Woods--Army--died 3-6-1968--buried Oakwood Cemetery, Alton.
Thanks to Dick Alford for using leftover reunion funds to buy this brick for the Alton VFW honoring our 7 fallen classmates who died in Vietnam.
Also at this VFW is a Vietnam bench listing names of Alton area men we lost there.
Vietnam memorial at Gordon Moore Park.
Winds of War
(1965 Alton Seven) by Moine McGibany
Boys no more
sent off on the Winds of War
Sons and parents say goodbye
trying so hard not to cry
From senior prom
next stop, the “Nam”
to killer sense
Monsoons, jungle, rats and rot
sleeping with one eye open on a cot
giant mosquito’s and mosquito nets
the jungle floor provides no rest
The sound of VC not far away
dear Lord, let me live another day
Body bags filled with our Brothers
broken hearts of dads and mothers
Kids with names like Robert, Dennis, Bob and Ron,
Stephen, Larry and Gary, who will never see another dawn
Why oh why was this war
Please Lord, oh please, no more
Free us from the Winds of War
Great 1989 news clip of Dick Alford marching in Memorial Day parade to pay tribute to Vietnam Wall.