Two family members appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. One was my cousin David Edward Herschbach, whom I met when I was a child. The other is Paul Dell Herschbach, son of Burton and Mary Herschbach of California. The following information is from the official military record.
Let us not forget the sacrifice these two fine men made, to have lost their lives at such an early age. Both died at the age of twenty.
David Edward Herschbach
Born: Monday, August 16, 1948
Rank WO1 Aircraft Commander, 1st Cavalry, Helicopter Type UH-1H, Tail Number 66-16926
On the Vietnam Memorial: Panel 29W, Line 099
David was the son of Raymond August Herschbach and Lydia Louise Gerlach of Illinois. His brothers and sisters are Lydia Irene Herschbach, Donald Raymond Herschbach, Dorothy Jane Herschbach, Delores Jean Herschbach, Frances Louise Herschbach, Raymond Arthur Herschbach, Thelma Marie Herschbach, Albert Irvin Herschbach, Marjorie Ann Herschbach, James Daniel Herschbach, Donna Raye Herschbach, and Richard Eugene Herschbach.
Note from Steve Herschbach - I have a two distinct memories of David from when I was a child. The first was from a visit he made to my family. I had a treehouse in the woods near our house. I went there alone one day, and saw that a stranger, a man, was in the treehouse! He started down and came towards me. I was frightened, and ran home. He followed and when I arrived home I found that the stranger was my cousin David come to visit. I remember this now as a funny incident.
The second memory is much sadder... my mother running to her room crying when she got the call that David had been killed in action in Vietnam.
Paul Dell Herschbach
Born: Thursday, April 10, 1947
On the Vietnam Memorial: Panel 40E , Line 052
Paul was the son of Burton and Mary Herschbach of California.
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