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The Wall Learning From a Veteran By YMLCpl Hailey WIlliams Capital City NC My favorite experience from my participation in the Great American History Adven- ture was visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commonly known as The Wall in Washington DC. It was an outstanding experience. My fellow adventurer Kieran O Brien and I met a gentleman who was also visiting the memorial that day and we volunteered to pass out patches honoring those who lost their lives. Its customary for visitors especially Vietnam veteransto leave items in memory of those whose names are among the more than 58000 service men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War and whose names are engraved upon the wall. The gentleman we met started telling me about one of those men Danny Marshall a native of West Virginia. Danny G. Marshall was Killed In Action KIA on May 15 1973 in Cambodia the gentleman started telling me some details about Dannys life. He knew Danny from high school when they both lived in West Virginia. He started telling me more about himself as well. He and Danny became very close friends. They both had many things in common and before they knew it they were both in the United States Marine Corps. While he was telling me these stories he started to tear up but he explained with a chuckle Im not going to cry this timeand at that momentmy friend Holly Roberts and I traced the name of Danny G. Marshall from The Wall and handed it to him. He glanced at it then handed it back to me. I looked him in the eyes and he said I want you to go search for this man. I responded back withYes sir I will. Later I searched for Danny G. Marshall. I learned that he was a Private in the Marines 2nd Battalion 9th Marines 3rd Divi- sion. He was killed in action on May 15 1973. Although the story was sad it was great to see the gentleman smile. Overall the Great American History Adevnture trip was awesome I had the chance to meet Young Marines from all over and making new friends. We had an outstand- ing adult staff. Even though it was sometimes tiring with all the walking we needed to do I still had lots of fun getting to see and go places Ive never been to before. By YMPFC Jordyn Ganavage Brass City CT On April 9th 2015 Vietnam War veteran Vic Allessio of Waterbury CT received the medals he had earned for his Army service during a ceremony at Waterbury City Halls Veterans Memorial Hall. Congress- woman Elizabeth Esty presented him a Vietnam Campaign ribbon. He also received his Bronze Star Army Commendation Medal Na- tional Defense Medal a Vietnam Service Medal with a Silver Star a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon an Expert Badge with Auto Rifle and a Marksman Badge for Rifle. Young Marines from the Brass City unit Color Guard were honored to post and retire colors at the ceremony. Brass City Color Guard Attends Ceremony Honoring Vietnam Veteran from left back row Sgt Adam Perrault Congresswoman Eliz- abeth Esty veteran Vic Allessio Pvt Joshua Rodriguez and XO Bridget Thomas. From left front row Training Officer John A. Ganavage PFC Jordyn Ganavage holding Mr. Allessios med- als and Cpl Christian Thomas. Page 16 ESPRIT