Captain Edmund Battelle Taylor Jr. and Colonel Owen George Skinner, both from Lima, Ohio, have still, sadly, not been recovered from the Vietnam War. Their names have been left on The Virtual Wall, along with others who sacrificed their lives, to honor their selfless service in the name of our country.
Yesterday was a day for all of us Americans to observe and remember and Samuel Sheilds of Lima made sure he and his wife made it to the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall early yesterday. “To remember our soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice and to remember how they lost their lives or endured being a prisoner of war,” he said. “My uncle hasn’t been able share what he and his buddies went through over there, and I just have to show respect the best way I know how.”
Captain Edmund Taylor served in the United States Navy in Crudesflot 11, 7th unit. He died in the Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam and his body has not been recovered.
Colonel Owen George Skinner served in the United States Air Force in 23rd TAC Air SPT SQDN, 504th TAC Air SPT Group, 7th AF. He died crashing in Laos and his body was not recovered.
Sergeant First Class Douglas E. Dahill’s name was also there, listed as his body not being recovered, but his remains were thankfully identified October 3rd, 2008. He was part of a six-man recon team that consisted of team leader SSgt. Charles V. Newton, Sgt. Charles F. Prevedel, and three unidentified Vietnamese Special Forces troopers.
Sergeant First Class Douglas Dahill served in the Army with DET B-52, 5th SF GRP, USARV and died in Thua Thien, South Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. honors those from all across the United States who have died in the Vietnam War and it has the names of the 58, 272 American military personnel, eight of who were women, who have either died in the war or those who are considered Missing In Action.
It is on the list of memorials for veterans of WWII to see when Honor Flights fly our veterans to Washington.
Those who are considered Missing In Action has been classified as “Died, body not recovered” now.
The “most visited memorial in the country” is only part of the dedications as there is also a virtual one that was opened by Vietnam veteran Jim Schueckler who founded The Virtual Wall Association. The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows family and friends of Veterans to post poems and photographs with personal and military data for each soldier.
Sources: virtualwall.org; www.vvmf.org/thewall
Please visit the USO Wounded Warriors to leave a message of support to those in our military! They have links for local USO centers, programs for assisting our troops and ways we can help our returning soldiers and their families.
And Wounded Warrior Project to get involved to catch up on the latest news.
For local help also see: Allen County Veteran Service Commission can be reached at 301 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 1243, Lima, Ohio 45802 or at 419-223-8522.