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In memory of the 58,220 who didn’t come home

Kelli Du Fresne, Appeal Features Editor

From left, Fred Walliser, Rudy Colderon, Griz Hilpert and Bob White represented the Native Americans who served in the Vietnam War during a ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Rancho San Rafael Park. The Moving Wall, a replica of the Washington D.C. memorial will be in Reno through Veterans Day.

Fred Walliser, 82nd Airborne, Kansas.

Walter Robert White, Special Forces, upstate New York.

Griz Hilpert, 82nd Airborne, Taylorsville, Calif.

Rudy Calderon, 1st Special Forces, Merced, Calif.

Four names, four men whose names didn’t make it on the Vietnam Wall. Together the four, now all Northern Nevadans, have 83 years of military service.

On Wednesday, they formed a color guard and represented the Native Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in an unpopular war during a ceremony at Rancho San Rafael Park as part of a visit by The Moving Wall.

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The wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be at the park through Monday and open to visitors for 24 hours each day.

In a crowd of about 60, former soldiers stood at attention as the colors were presented while others lay their hands over their hearts as tears quietly rolled down their faces.

Cheryl Johnson, a Pyramid Lake Paiute, danced the jingle dress dance behind the color guard with Sandy Uribe, a traditional Paiute dancer.

Johnson said the jingle dress is a healing dress.

“I think there’s a lot of broken-hearted people here,” she said. “I hope this dance would bless somebody.”

As the color guard finished up, Sgt. White a 67-year-old from Reno, said he left the service only after breaking his back in a jump during Desert Storm.

White, who enlisted at the age of 16, said “I didn’t know my first name was Walter until I joined the Army. I tried to reenlist after 9-11 but they told me, ‘Sarge, you’re too old and too busted up.'”

A veteran himself, Hoyt Honea of Chilcoot, Calif., was looking through the 58,000 names for Stanley R. Honea of Seattle.

“He has the same surname as mine,” he said as his wife, Teri, stood at his side. “It’s a pretty uncommon name. No relative that I know of was lost in Vietnam, but it’s an uncommon name.”

Honea said he was a veteran of the U.S. Army already at the start of the war and had been stationed at the Oakland Army Terminal.

“I probably processed a good part of those who went,” he said.

Teri said their visit to the wall was made because “we just don’t ever want to forget.”

“It was just too much of a sacrifice for our fellow citizens,” Hoyt said. “I know it was an unpopular war with some. But these people were just drafted and served their country. The tragedy was to come back to all the protests.”

IF YOU GO

What: The Moving Wall

When: Through Veterans Day

Where: Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, 24-hours

Cost: Donations accepted otherwise free

Wall visit sponsored by: Rusty Humphries, Ph Dold, KOH Radio and Rancho San Rafael Park

Some of the Northern Nevadans Killed during the Vietnam War:

DANIEL LEVERNE ACKERMAN

SGT, ARMY

CARSON CITY, NV

3/13/1947 – 4/10/1968

MICHAEL DELANO BLEA

PFC, ARMY

FALLON, NV

9/15/1950 – 5/13/1969

MICHAEL ANTHONY BODAMER

HM3, NAVY

CARSON CITY, NV

12/22/1946 – 5/19/1967

MICHAEL DAVID BYLINOWSKI

LCPL, MARINE CORPS

ZEPHYR COVE, NV

2/4/1946 – 12/6/1967

DAVID LEROY COLLINS

CPL, MARINE CORPS

CARSON CITY, NV

12/8/1947 – 2/1/1968

BILLY DAVID HILL

SFC, ARMY

FALLON, NV

12/17/1946 – 1/21/1968

WALTER DE WAYNE HOGAN

CPL, ARMY

MASON, NV

2/18/1941 – 11/17/1967

DALE EUGENE HUTCHINS

CPL, MARINE CORPS

MINDEN, NV

2/2/1951 – 5/25/1970

STERLING PRICE JOHNSON

PFC, MARINE CORPS

CARLIN, NV

8/22/1948 – 3/7/1968

WILLARD VERNON JOHNSON

SP4, ARMY

FALLON, NV

4/28/1947 – 2/2/1968

EDDIE MOLINO JR

CAPT, ARMY

FALLON, NV

4/21/1945 – 5/10/1970

RICHARD CLARK PERRY

LCDR, NAVY

CARLIN, NV

8/9/1932 – 8/31/1967

PETER QUILICI JR

LCPL, MARINE CORPS

YERINGTON, NV

4/3/1944 – 8/23/1966

RONALD RODRIGUES

SP4, ARMY

FALLON, NV

3/18/1947 – 11/9/1969

WILLIAM ROBERT ROGNE

SP5, ARMY

FALLON, NV

9/18/1948 – 3/8/1970

DANNY LEE SMOTHERS

SP4, ARMY

CARSON CITY, NV

8/26/1947 – 3/8/1968

ROGER ALLEN STEELE

PFC, MARINE CORPS

MASON, NV

4/22/1949 – 11/11/1969

LARRY GEORGE STONE

2LT, MARINE CORPS

YERINGTON, NV

11/15/1941 – 5/22/1967

DANNY GERALD STUDDARD

SGT, ARMY

VIRGINIA CITY, NV

11/22/1949 – 6/16/1971

KEITH DEGERO TAYLOR

LCPL, MARINE CORPS

CARSON CITY, NV

5/6/1949 – 6/18/1968

FREDERICK H WHITTEMORE

CDR, NAVY

CARSON CITY, NV

12/23/1929 – 4/11/1968

JAMES RONALD WILLIS

CPL, MARINE CORPS

CARSON CITY, NV

9/14/1947 – 8/1/1968