The Fallen This page is dedicated to all the fallen Vietnam Fighting Men who were from the City of Hawthorne.
If you see someone you know, please take a moment and try to remember where you were, and what was going on in your life, when he lost his life.... far from home.

If you know someone that should be added here, please email me, and I will put them on "our wall". If you know someone below, please let me know what year he graduated and from what school.
Thank you
Thanks go to:
Donna Joslin HHS65 for adding the wall rubbings, below.
Bruce Swander USMC 66-70 for adding details.

August Heroes

"Poor is the nation that has no heroes. Shameful is the nation that has heroes and forgets them. No nation can long survive without pride in its traditions." (Unknown)

IN MEMORY OF LCPL PAUL EDWARD HAHN - Lawndale High Class of 1966; Marine Corps - Regular; 19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male born on 09/29/47; from Hawthorne, California. CASUALTY was on August 23, 1967 in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM

IN MEMORY OF CPL DANIEL EDWARD FARAN - Hawthorne High Class of 1968; Army - Regular; 25th Infantry Division; 19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male born on 07/07/50; from Hawthorne, California. His tour of duty began on 04/06/69; CASUALTY was on August 24, 1969 in HUA NGHIA, SOUTH VIETNAM

IN MEMORY OF CAPT JAMES WALTER JONES - Marine Corps; 48 year old Married, Caucasian, Male born on 08/05/20; from Hawthorne, California. Length of service 22 years. His tour of duty began on 06/13/68; Casualty was August 30, 1968 in QUANG NGAI, SOUTH VIETNAM.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."(Sir Winston Churchill)

The Wall MC ALLISTER , WILLIAM WALTE
MAJ - Air Force - Reserve
36 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 12/14/28
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 16 years.
Casualty was on 04/22/65
in BINH DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
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RYSE , ROY LOUIS JR
Hawthorne High Class of 1962


PFC - Army - Selective Service
1st Cav Division (AMBL)
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 02/07/44
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 10/30/65
Casualty was on 11/17/65
in SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
Religion
BAPTIST
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ONE YEAR

WHEN I WAS 17 I WORRIED ABOUT:
learning enough to pass final exams
would I have enough gas for my car
friends going their own way after graduation
having a date on Friday night
losing my girlfriend

WHEN I WAS 18 I WORRIED ABOUT:
learning enough to survive a war, not pass an exam
having enough ammunition for my rifle, rather than gas for my car
my friends being killed, rather than going their own ways
being point man on a Friday night ambush, rather than a date
losing my life, rather than my girlfriend

Don Schaffer

ZOBOBLISH , DONALD
Hawthorne High Class of 1962
LCPL - Marine Corps - Regular
22 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 03/05/43
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
Casualty was on 03/01/66
in QUANG TIN,
SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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BACCUS , JIMMY DEVER
Leuzinger High Class of 1964

PFC - Marine Corps - Regular
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 07/15/46
From LAWNDALE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
Casualty was on 07/28/66
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, FIXED WING - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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I graduated from Leuzinger class of '67 and knew Jimmy Baccus very well, as we grew up neighbors for approximately 15 years.
I will never forget when he was home on leave just before leaving for Nam; the Marines had come to LHS for some physical testing and Jimmy was with them. I was trying to do some chin ups and wasn't doing too well. I was just barely able to start my second one when Jimmy egged me on until I was able to get 5 done. It taught me not to give up because things were rough or hard but to keep on trying. He left shortly after and then we got word about his fate. Then we found out that he had a chance to come home but requested to go back to his outfit and that is when his plane crashed in route to his "bud's", "his brothers in combat". It was so much like him to go back and finish his work and "not to give up". I later went to Nam and now I know how he felt about going back.

Max Bettman, LHS 67

The Wall ANDERSON , DONALD LEROY JR

Hawthorne High Class of 1965
LCPL - Marine Corps - Regular
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 06/20/47
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
Casualty was on 09/18/66
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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BOELZNER , ROBERT CRAIG
Leuzinger High Class of 1964
PFC - Army - Selective
25th Infantry
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/26/46
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 08/12/66
Casualty was on 11/28/66
in SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
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Seems like only yesterday that we attended Rob's memorial service. Rob attended and graduated from Leuzinger High. His dad was a Hawthorne Fireman, assistant Chief I believe.
Steve Eide
DAILY , THOMAS BLAKE
1LT - Army - Reserve
26 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 09/01/40
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 4 years.
His tour of duty began on 09/01/66
Casualty was on 05/21/67
in BIEN HOA, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds
GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Religion
EPISCOPAL, ANGLICAN
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MYERS JR. , CHARLES DEAN
R.H. Dana Jr. High
LCPL - E3 - Marine Corps - Regular
20 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Feb 14, 1947
From DUARTE, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on Jun 15, 1967
in QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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GAZDAGH , JAMES ALEX
Hawthorne High Class of 1966
LCPL - Marine Corps - Regular
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 07/20/47
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on 07/08/67
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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The Wall
HAHN , PAUL EDWARD
Lawndale High Class of 1966
LCPL - Marine Corps - Regular
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 09/29/47
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on 08/23/67
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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SKIRVIN , ORVAL L
SFC - Army - Regular
37 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 05/04/30
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 18 years.
His tour of duty began on 08/07/67
Casualty was on 10/15/67
in QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury
GROUND CASUALTY
HEART ATTACK
Body was recovered
Religion
BAPTIST
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The Wall PINATELLI , THOMAS MICHAEL
PFC - Marine Corps - Regular
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 06/13/48
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on 02/10/68
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds
GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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THOMAS , TIM
Hawthorne High Class of 1965

CPL - Army - Selective Service
1st Cav Division (AMBL)
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 11/25/46
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 10/14/67
Casualty was on 02/13/68
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Religion
CHURCH OF CHRIST
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The Wall
The Wall PRITCHETT, GREGORY
Leuzinger High Class of 1966
HM3 - E4 - Navy - Regular
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 2/6/48
From WALNUT, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 4/16/68
Casualty was on 05/3/68
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MISADVENTURE
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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JONES , JAMES WALTER
CAPT - Marine Corps - Regular
48 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/05/20
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 22 years.
His tour of duty began on 06/13/68
Casualty was on 08/30/68
in QUANG NGAI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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SCOTT , DAYNE YORK
HM2 - Navy - Regular
35 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 09/28/33
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 16 years.
Casualty was on 10/17/68
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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The Wall SPAFFORD , GALON GENE
SP4 - Army - Selective Service
9th Infantry Division
23 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 12/11/44
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 05/11/68
Casualty was on 11/22/68
in LONG AN, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion
CHURCH OF CHRIST
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HOLT , JAMES CHARLES
CPL - Army - Selective Service
22 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/18/46
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 10/04/68
Casualty was on 12/04/68
in GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury
HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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The Wall MATTESON , LYNN MICHAEL

Hawthorne High Class of 1968
SP4 - Army - Regular
1st AVN BDE 19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 10/26/49
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on 04/03/68
Casualty was on 12/09/68
in BINH DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury

GROUND CASUALTY
BURNS
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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THOMPSON , WILLIAM JAMES
Leuzinger High Class of 1951
COL - Air Force - Reserve
46 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 02/19/33
From HOUSTON, TEXAS
His tour of duty began on 08/01/68
Officially declared dead on 03/05/79
in NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing
FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Religion
BAPTIST
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HELGESON , DALE GEORGE
Leuzinger High Class of 1962
SGT - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
23 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Apr 18 1945
From LAWNDALE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on Aug 28 1968
Casualty was on Mar 01 1969
in BINH LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
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HERTZLER , RICHARD DALE
PFC - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 03/27/48
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 01/09/69
Casualty was on 04/28/69
in TAY NINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ACCIDENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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SHAUGHNESSY , EDWARD JEROME
PFC - Army - Selective Service
198th Light Infantry Brigade
24 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/31/44
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on 03/10/69
Casualty was on 06/11/69
in QUANG NGAI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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COUNCIL , ARTHUR COBY III
Hawthorne High Class of 1967
PFC - Marine Corps -
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 03/05/49
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 03/06/69
Casualty was on 06/21/69
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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Cheryl Carter Kirk writes:
Art Council was from the HHS Class of '67. There was 1 survivor from the crash. His name is Al Herlicka. I met him in the Long Beach Naval Hospital a few months after the crash.

Art was the best friend (since childhood) to my husband at the time,
RODNEY J. TODD
Hawthorne High Class of 1967

who was in LBNH at the time recovering from severe injuries sustained in Viet Nam. Rod never fully recovered from his injuries and died about 10 years later from complications. He did father a lovely blonde haired, blue eyed girl who is the 'spit in image' of her dad & has the same quick smile & dry sense of humor.
Cheryl Carter Kirk (class of 68)

The Wall FARAN , DANIEL EDWARD
Hawthorne High Class of 1968
CPL - Army - Regular
25th Infantry Division
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 07/07/50
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 04/06/69
Casualty was on 08/24/69
in HUA NGHIA, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds
GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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WHITMORE , RICHARD ALLEN
Hawthorne High Class of 1965

PFC - Marine Corps - Selective Service
22 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/20/47
From HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on 10/11/69
Casualty was on 02/19/70
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Religion
PROTESTANT
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