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You Ask, Patch Answers: Did They All Die in Vietnam?

In this column, you ask a question and Patch tries to find the answer.

 

While preparing for the dedication of a plaque in honor of Medfield soldiers who served during the Vietnam War, the Memorial Veterans' Plaque Committee created a lengthy list of names to be included on the plaque and then asked for the public's help to make sure the names were correct (and no one was missing or on the list incorrectly). 

After posting that list, a Patch reader asked, "Please tell me that all these names are people who died in Vietnam." 

So we posed the question to committee member Richard DeSorgher who said the names belong to students who attended the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School and who also served in the military in the years between 1961 and 1975 (the dates the American Legion lists for the Vietnam period). Two Medfield soldiers -- Stephen Hinkley and Peter Kristof -- were killed during Vietnam. 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaque, containing 143 names, was dedicated on Nov. 9. 

About this Column

"You Ask, Patch Answers" is where we strive to find answers to all your questions—big, small and in-between—about the town we live and work in.

Whether it’s something you’ve always wondered about, some information you just can’t put your hands on, or a sudden curiosity, we want to hear it.

Send your queries to theresa.knapp@patch.com or leave them in the comments section below, and I will do my best to dig up an answer for you.  

Sean Snow November 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I got a question. Why would someone ask a question that sound's like they're hoping it's a list of 143 people that were killed in action?

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