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Military: 7 We Lost In Vietnam


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”

From innocence

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

--Moine McGibany



Great 1989 news clip of Dick Alford marching in Memorial Day parade to pay tribute to Vietnam Wall.