Ronan Marine arrives in Washington, D.C., completes 3,000-mile veterans awareness walk
RONAN – Unlike most of us, Ernest Frederic Davidove celebrated his 21st birthday in the jungles of Vietnam.
It was the last birthday he ever saw.
Approximately five weeks after his Jan. 2 birth date, Davidove, who was drafted into the Army, was dead. He was killed on Feb. 13, 1968, in Quang Tri Provence, barely two months into his tour of duty.
More than 45 years later, at 11:20 a.m. EDT Wednesday, an old high school buddy of Davidove’s walked up to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
He located Davidove’s name among the tens of thousands listed there, used paper and pencil to trace over his friend’s name. And he cried.
The steps Chuck Lewis took to reach Davidoe’s place on the wall Wednesday morning were the last of millions. ...READ MORE...
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