Fallen Never Forgotten, Reviewed by The VVA Veteran’s Marc Leepson

Fallen: Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA (RU Airborne Inc, 268 pp.) is a large-format book put together by the Father and Son team of Ronny Ymbras (1/502 101st ABN, RVN 67-68) and Matt Ymbras that devotes one chapter to a Vietnam Veterans memorial in each state alphabetically.

On how they decided on which memorials to choose Ronny states in the Foreword, “We sought to choose the state memorial, a memorial closer to people’s hearts, or a new memorial.”

Each state’s chapter contains professional photos of the memorial or monument, along with a brief profile and history, and an alphabetical listing of the names of those from that state who died in the Vietnam War.

The authors included iconic state memorials such as the unique and powerful Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, which contains a sundial that casts it’s shadow on the names of each that state’s Vietnam War KIA on the anniversary of the death.  There is also the nine-acre Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Oregon, also known as the “Garden of Solace,” located on the grounds of an arboretum in Portland, which boasts a 1,200-foot walking path surrounded by high elevation pine trees.

Not to mention the iconic Angel Fire memorial in New Mexico and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial which has a great Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel.

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The “Garden of Solace” Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Ymbras’ also profiled lesser-known memorials, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lasdon Park in Katonah, Westchester County, New York. Ronny Ymbras says this memorial, “is personal for me. I was there for its dedication, I carried the 101st chapter flag in the parade and honored three guys I went to school and played ball with. May they rest in peace, Pete Mitchell, Peter Bushey, and Jeff Dodge.”

In conclusion, this coffee-table book is a top-quality tribute to American service personnel –living and dead—who served in the Vietnam War.

—Marc Leepson

To read the review on the VVA book review website click here, to order Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA see below…




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