Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Haverhill’s Vietnam Fallen Heroes from Vietnam Conflict

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In the fall of 2018, Vietnam Veteran Louis Fossarelli approached the City Council to see if it would be possible to get the Vietnam Veteran Memorial that is next to the Basiliere Bridge moved to a better location that would better suit the Memorial and the aging Vietnam Veteran population. The location on Main and Water Streets was very small and seemed to collect more trash blowing down the street than visitors. The lack of easy access parking and overgrown weeds and vines did the Memorial no better.

The City Council approved the request and sent word to Mayor Fiorentini who then created the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Ad Hoc Commission. This Commission is made up of City Councilors, Veterans, and Community/Neighborhood Leaders who have agreed to work on moving the Memorial and raise funds to build a new Memorial, at a new Location. The re-dedication ceremony was held on Saturday 10 November 2018 and attended by about 200 people.

The Commission has set a 1-year fund raising plan, set to begin in different phases over the next few months. Local Businesses and members of the community can send their donations to the City Treasurer, 4 Summer St, Haverhill, MA 01830 and make sure to memo your check for the “Vietnam Veteran Memorial”. Online donations coming soon! 

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The 13 names on the Haverhill Vietnam Memorial are as follows:

PFC Ralph Basiliere – A rifleman who served in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the 3rd Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, E Company. He died in 1966 from his wounds that he suffered during combat. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was 19 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 07e, Line 67.

Basiliere Ralph

PVT Richard Ordin Demaris – A rifleman who served in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, K Company. He was killed in 1967 by enemy action. He was 23 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 14e, Line 33.

Demaris Richard

1stLT Robert Peter Schena – A helicopter pilot who served in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the III Marine Amphibious Force, 1st MAW, Marine Aircraft Group 36, HMM 363. He died in 1967 from a crash at sea. He was 25 when he died. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 14e, Line 12.

Schena Robert

SSG William Lawrence Bonnell – An infantryman who served in the United States Army and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 320th Artillery, Headquarters Battery. He was killed in 1967 through hostile action. He was 24 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 21e, Line 86.

Bonnell William

CPL Frederick George Derocher – An infantryman who served in the United States Army and was attached to the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry, B Company. He was killed in 1968 through hostile action. He was 20 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 36w, Line 10.

Derocher Frederick

PFC Arthur Paul Williams – A rifleman who served in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, H Battery. He was killed in 1966 through hostile action. He was 20 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 10e, Line 49.

Williams Arthur

WO William Joseph Cahill – A helicopter pilot who served in the United States Army and was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Troop C. He died in 1970 from a crash on land. He was 21 when he died. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 06w, Line 7.

Cahill William

PFC Michael James Gambino – An infantryman who served in the United States Army and was attached to the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, B Company. He was killed in 1970 through hostile action. He was 19 when he was killed. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 07w, Line 83.

Gambino Michael

SP4 Barry Stuart Kyle – An infantryman who served in the United States Army and was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, 228th Aviation Battalion. He died in 1967 from a crash on land. He was 21 when he died. His name is listed on the Wall at Panel 32e, Line 64.

 

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PFC John Charles Peel – A rifleman who served in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, E Battery. He was killed in 1967 through hostile action. He was 21 when he was killed. His name is listed on The Wall at Panel 26e, Line 85

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SGT Willard Robert Ryan – served in the United States Army and stationed with the 595th Signal Company, 69th Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Group. He was killed in 1966 through hostile action. He was 23 when he was killed. His name is listed on The Wall at Panel 7e, Line 106 

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SFC James Norman Finn – a mortarman assigned to Detachment A-302, 5th Special Forces Group in the US Army and hailed from Salem, NH. He was killed in action in 1966 through hostile action and was posthumously issued the Silver Star. He was 33 when he was killed. Hos name is listed on The Wall on Panel 12e, Line 20

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LCPL Gregory Chalmers Davis – served as a CH-46 Helicopter Mechanic in the US Marine Corps and was killed offshore while conducting a sector search to watch for Russian ships. The helicopter planetary gear failed killing all onboard when it crashed in the ocean. He died one day after his 25th birthday and is listed on The Wall on Panel 2w, Line 102

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