Tri-Community Memorial for Vietnam 7 dedicated

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The Vietnam 7 Memorial in San Manuel.

  Norman Wayne Garrett, June 23, 1942 – February 15, 1965. Pvt. E-2, Army. Died from hostile artillery, rocket or mortar, South Vietnam.

  Tony R. Arriaga, October 7, 1938 – May 6, 1966. Sgt. E-5, Army. Died gun, small arms fire, South Vietnam.

  Mark Andrew Bateman, May 3, 1947 – October 3, 1967. Corporal, Army. Died from multiple fragmentation wounds, Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam. 

  Juan Manuel Garcia, December 27, 1948 – November 20, 1967. PFC, Army. Died from multiple fragmentation wounds, Kontum, South Vietnam.

  Allen Wade Ingram, December 12, 1949 – September 24, 1968. Lance Corporal, Marine Corps. Died from gun small arms fire Quang Tri, South Vietnam.

  Gary Everett Graves, April 10, 1948 – November 11, 1968. TM3 – E4, Navy. Died from other explosive device (river mine),  Quang Tri, South Vietnam.

  Arthur Martinez Garcia Jr. – April 15, 1947 – February 7, 1970. Sgt., Marine Corps. Died from gun small arms fire, Thua Thien, South Vietnam. 

  They were sons. Brothers. Uncles. Friends. Boys, really. They grew up playing in the streets of San Manuel, Oracle, Mammoth and Tiger. They were athletes, students, classmates.

  And when their country called for their service, they didn’t hesitate. They left their homes and their families behind and were sent to the front lines in Vietnam.

The Color Guard provided by the American Legion.

  This Monday, the United States celebrated Memorial Day. San Manuel, Oracle and Mammoth celebrated by honoring the Vietnam 7, dedicating a memorial in their name at the entrance to San Manuel. The dedication included a color guard and 21-gun salute. It included beautiful renditions of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful, performed by Julia Egginaman. The key note speaker was Command Sgt. Paul Belanger (retired), a 1969 graduate of San Manuel High School. Special recognition was given to the Gold Medal families in attendance. Also recognized were the veterans in attendance.

Command Sgt. Paul Belanger (retired) speaks at the dedication for the Vietnam Memorial in San Manuel.

  The memorial workers who volunteered their time, donated materials and worked hard to see this memorial project completed are:

Eddie Bonner – sheet metal fabrication, consultation and design

Ron Wood, First Class Construction and Remodeling, LLC – construction, consultation and design (520) 405-8962

Mike Dedrick and Phil Bonner – Assisted in sheet metal work

Frank Martinez – pole preparation and design

Deborah (Large) Foster and Connie (Sams) – Artists that painted the American and Arizona flags on the poles

Hoss Foster – flag template preparation

Billy Haro – pole preparation

Deanna Haro – wood treatment

Bill Haro – design, consultation and coordinator

Santiago Telles – medal consultant

Bruce McDade – hardware and metal

Richard and Mark Beal, North American Powder Coating and Sandblasting (520) 622-5640 – consultation design and powder coating

Steve and Brad Welch, Sherry Tilton, Graphic Design and Printing Monster Signs (520) 790-6400 – consultation, design and printing

Editor’s note: if you were unable to attend and wish to view the ceremony in its entirety, visit our Facebook page at to view a recording of the live event.

The Vietnam 7 Memorial
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