Sunday, February 26, 2006

Honoring Ireland’s Vietnam Dead

Mick Coyne, a native of County Galway, is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. He is working to help honor the 19 Irish natives known to have died in U.S. military service in Vietnam. Coyne is not alone in this quest. Declan Hughes, coordinator of the Irish Veterans Historical Research Center, who is not a veteran, is leading the movement to have a monument built to those killed in Vietnam, as well as all other Irish veterans who died fighting for other countries in the 20th century.

Hughes began working for the memorial back in 1999. He discovered that there were a number of Irish-born soldiers killed in Vietnam.

"Most of those families believed they were the sole Irish family to have had a son killed in Vietnam," Hughes recalls. "And that, in itself, tells you something about the way they brought their sons back to be buried -- almost as if it were in secret."

Remembering the Fallen
Irish killed in Vietnam
Irish Veterans Historical Research Centre Ltd
Irish Who Fought and Died in Vietnam
The Green Fields of Vietnam

Father Aloysius P. McGonigal: Battlefield Hero Without a Gun. Here’s a story about an Irish-American hero of the Vietnam War. Many men become known as heroes for their bravery in battle, for their willingness to face death in an effort to kill the enemy and obtain an objective, for helping win the war for their country.

They are often celebrated by millions of their countrymen and fondly remembered by the nation on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. But some are heroes without ever carrying a gun. Some face death not to win wars, but to comfort the wounded, to bring solace to the dying, and perhaps to save their souls. Such a man was Father Aloysius P. McGonigal. Read the rest of the story HERE.

1 comment:

Daniel Bryan said...

Indeed, there were a lot American-Ethnicities that fought in the Vietnam war. That man included, his artifacts like guns and gerber knives are in a museum.