25E, 62

Spent a couple of days in D.C. last week. Saturday (before Mother’s Day) bright and sunny. Long walk.


Georgetown, C & O (Chesapeake & Ohio) Canal. America’s Internet 2.0. (Arguably the Pony Express was Internet 1.0. Or was it pamphleteering surrounding the buildup to the Revolutionary War?)


Far end of Memorial Bridge, Seabee Memorial. “Seabee” from “CB”—U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion. Navy combat contractors, born in World War II, first notable service at Guadalcanal. Sailors recruited directly from the Union halls. Motto: “Can do.” (John Wayne made a Seabee movie. Sailors in “South Pacific,” subject of a current Broadway revival, were Seabees.) (Yrs truly served with them in Vietnam—I stop by, pat the marble, salute, and say hello to old friends.)


Vietnam Memorial. Over 58,000 names, listed in chron order—from 1958 to 1975. Many visitors last Saturday. Mothers of “the names”?


Waterproof book with all the names, locations. Youngster looking for name, granddad?—typical rubbing.




Recent tribute. Dozens each day. In fact, one soldier’s family left his Harley at The Wall. (Gov’t keeps all stuff—not available for public viewing.)


25E, 62. East 25 [each wall section is numbered], line 62 [up to you to count]. LT David C. Hall, USA. College roommate.

How many of ours died in Vietnam? One answer is: 112 “Halls” alone.

Godspeed, Dave.