10th anniversary of Lorain County Vietnam memorial in Amherst


Staff Report



Vietnam veteran Bill Brokop, who served in the U.S. Army in 1968 and 1969, tolls a silver bell as the name of each lost Lorain County brother in arms is read.


Tom Temerario reads the names of the 98 Lorain County servicemen who died in the Vietnam War.


The memorial is located on North Lake Street next to the Amherst police station and includes a plaza.


Don Attie, who led the crusade to create the Vietnam veterans memorial, speaks Saturday evening as master of ceremonies at the 10th anniversary of the site.


Empty chairs — one for each of the 98 servicemen on the memorial — line North Lake Street.


Immortalized on the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial are the names of 98 local men who died in service to their nation:

1. Michael Milburn

2. Jake Van Meter

3. Earl Barnhart Jr.

4. Michael Brundage

5. Jose Ortiz

6. Donald Bonko

7. Peter Shagovac Jr.

8. Leo George

9. Brian Murray

10. Angel Sanchez

11. James Smith

12. Patrick Smith Jr.

13. Robert Fletcher

14. Dale Gronsky

15. David Schneider

16. Hubert Payne

17. James Whitmore

18. Charles Sawyers

19. Calvin Coon

20. Jack Enix

21. James Delaney

22. Kenneth Marley

23. Ronald Ralich

24. Raymond Baldauf

25. Norman Jones Jr.

26. Bruce Livingston

27. George McDaniel

28. William Foster Jr.

29. Zeneido Ortiz Jr.

30. Robert Witty

31. Ray Hodorowski

32. Billara Wolford

33. Paul Strahm

34. John Gentkowski

35. Gary Perkins

36. John Snitch

37. Matthew Pechaitis

38. James Byrne

39. Roger Lawson

40. John Began

41. Richard Vandegeer

42. Richard Pearl

43. Gaylord Kerr

44. Walter Ostapchuk

45. John Murphy

46. George DeJarnett

47. Eddie Corsino

48. James Taylor

49. Robert Barry

50. Donnie Kegg

51. Carris Francis

52. Thomas Cowley

53. Calvin Blanton Jr.

54. Raymond Enczi

55. Fleming Brainerd III

56. Richard Orlando

57. John Arquillo

58. Freddie Daniel

59. Earl Charles

60. Richard Logan

61. Wayne Benge

62. William Springfield

63. William Anderson

64. Wayne Horvath

65. Jesse Ellis

66. Johnnie Sheppard

67. Dennis Bergenstein

68. Troy Threet

69. Sidney Cottrell

70. Joseph Ambrosio

71. Andrew Toth

72. Jose Carrion

73. John Kotora

74. William Word

75. Ricardo Galvan

76. Donald Lasky

77. Ray Rupcic

78. Glenn Schroeder

79. Edward Tolley

80. Paul Myers

81. Davis Jones

82. Elbert Price

83. Warren Scott

84. Timothy Cottrell

85. John Kocak

86. Edgardo LaTorre

87. David Fowler

88. Charles Flood

89. Henry Adkins

90. Robert Cameron

91. Robert Nagy

92. Larry Fields

93. Kenneth Dulley

94. Richard Irvin

95. Cody Balisteri

96. Gene White

97. Michael Conrady

98. Thomas Snyder

Army First Lt. Raymond Rupcic of Lorain.

Navy Lt. Junior Grade Cody Balisteri of Sheffield Lake.

Marines Cpl. David Schneider of Avon.

On an on, the names of the county’s war dead were read Saturday in the 30th annual Vietnam veterans vigil, a silver bell pealing as each was remembered.

Each year, Amherst and South Amherst veterans are honored: Army Capt. Fleming Brainerd III, Marines Pfc. Edward Tolley, Marines Pfc. Robert Witty, Marines Pfc. Wayne Horvath, and Army SP4 Thomas Snyder.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial on North Lake Street in Amherst, which bears 98 lovingly engraved names.

“After all these years, it doesn’t get any easier,” said Don Attie, a veteran who pushed for the creation of the memorial and served as master of ceremonies at Saturday’s solemn event.

Vietnam veteran Bill Brokop, who served in the U.S. Army in 1968 and 1969, tolls a silver bell as the name of each lost Lorain County brother in arms is read.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7800.jpgVietnam veteran Bill Brokop, who served in the U.S. Army in 1968 and 1969, tolls a silver bell as the name of each lost Lorain County brother in arms is read.

Tom Temerario reads the names of the 98 Lorain County servicemen who died in the Vietnam War.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7776.jpgTom Temerario reads the names of the 98 Lorain County servicemen who died in the Vietnam War.

The memorial is located on North Lake Street next to the Amherst police station and includes a plaza.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7774.jpgThe memorial is located on North Lake Street next to the Amherst police station and includes a plaza.

Don Attie, who led the crusade to create the Vietnam veterans memorial, speaks Saturday evening as master of ceremonies at the 10th anniversary of the site.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7772.jpgDon Attie, who led the crusade to create the Vietnam veterans memorial, speaks Saturday evening as master of ceremonies at the 10th anniversary of the site.

Empty chairs — one for each of the 98 servicemen on the memorial — line North Lake Street.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7754.jpgEmpty chairs — one for each of the 98 servicemen on the memorial — line North Lake Street.

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Staff Report

Immortalized on the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial are the names of 98 local men who died in service to their nation:

1. Michael Milburn

2. Jake Van Meter

3. Earl Barnhart Jr.

4. Michael Brundage

5. Jose Ortiz

6. Donald Bonko

7. Peter Shagovac Jr.

8. Leo George

9. Brian Murray

10. Angel Sanchez

11. James Smith

12. Patrick Smith Jr.

13. Robert Fletcher

14. Dale Gronsky

15. David Schneider

16. Hubert Payne

17. James Whitmore

18. Charles Sawyers

19. Calvin Coon

20. Jack Enix

21. James Delaney

22. Kenneth Marley

23. Ronald Ralich

24. Raymond Baldauf

25. Norman Jones Jr.

26. Bruce Livingston

27. George McDaniel

28. William Foster Jr.

29. Zeneido Ortiz Jr.

30. Robert Witty

31. Ray Hodorowski

32. Billara Wolford

33. Paul Strahm

34. John Gentkowski

35. Gary Perkins

36. John Snitch

37. Matthew Pechaitis

38. James Byrne

39. Roger Lawson

40. John Began

41. Richard Vandegeer

42. Richard Pearl

43. Gaylord Kerr

44. Walter Ostapchuk

45. John Murphy

46. George DeJarnett

47. Eddie Corsino

48. James Taylor

49. Robert Barry

50. Donnie Kegg

51. Carris Francis

52. Thomas Cowley

53. Calvin Blanton Jr.

54. Raymond Enczi

55. Fleming Brainerd III

56. Richard Orlando

57. John Arquillo

58. Freddie Daniel

59. Earl Charles

60. Richard Logan

61. Wayne Benge

62. William Springfield

63. William Anderson

64. Wayne Horvath

65. Jesse Ellis

66. Johnnie Sheppard

67. Dennis Bergenstein

68. Troy Threet

69. Sidney Cottrell

70. Joseph Ambrosio

71. Andrew Toth

72. Jose Carrion

73. John Kotora

74. William Word

75. Ricardo Galvan

76. Donald Lasky

77. Ray Rupcic

78. Glenn Schroeder

79. Edward Tolley

80. Paul Myers

81. Davis Jones

82. Elbert Price

83. Warren Scott

84. Timothy Cottrell

85. John Kocak

86. Edgardo LaTorre

87. David Fowler

88. Charles Flood

89. Henry Adkins

90. Robert Cameron

91. Robert Nagy

92. Larry Fields

93. Kenneth Dulley

94. Richard Irvin

95. Cody Balisteri

96. Gene White

97. Michael Conrady

98. Thomas Snyder