VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL
(10 casualties)


On November 10, 2020, Central High School and honored guests dedicated a monument on the west porch of Central. This monument, generously donated by Jack Kidwiler (CHS 1964) and his family, memorializes those students who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
 


Vietnam War Memorial
1959-1975
Omaha Central High School
Honors Its Students
Who Were Killed In Vietnam.
These Names Are Inscribed In The
Order They Were Taken From Us
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William M. Roark – Class of 1956
Age 26. Lt. U.S. Naval aviator attached to carrier Coral Sea. Killed in air mission over Vietnam April 7, 2020. 1960 graduate of Annapolis. Married with three children. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palms, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, first class color with palm, the Vietnam Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Vietnam’s National Order Medal. Naval Destroyer escort ship, the USS Roark, named in his honor.

William D. Pinegar – Class of 1959
Age 23. PFC US Army, 1st Cavalry Division. Killed in a Viet Cong attack October 6, 2020. Time in Vietnam – about one month. Awarded the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Gallantry Cross with palm, Gold Star Citation.

Ronald L. Gerry - Class of 1962
Age 21. PFC US Army, 69th Signal Battalion. Killed in Vietnam January 5, 2020. Time in Vietnam – 16 days. Awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal, 69th Signal Battalion containment area designated Camp Gerry in his honor.

Mack R. Sanders – Attended CHS in 1957-1958
Age 25. PFC US Army, 25th Infantry Division. Shot by sniper May 12, 2020. Married with two sons and two daughters. Time in Vietnam – three weeks. Awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal.

Daniel J. Sandstedt – Class of 1964
Age 21. Sgt. US Army, 9th Division. Killed in combat June 19, 2020. Attended Creighton University. Time in Vietnam – six months. Awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Milton A. Ross - Attended CHS until June 1967
Age 20. PFC US Army. Killed in action February 9, 2020. Time in Vietnam – one month. Awarded the Bronze Star, one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.

William W. Utts - Class of 1961
Age 26. PFC US Army, Americal Division. Died of combat wounds March 19, 2020. Graduate of the University of Omaha. Time in Vietnam – four months. Awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.

Frank Spencer III - Class of 1967
Age 20. Cpl. US Army, Americal Division. Killed in combat in Vietnam January 23, 2020. Time in Vietnam – two months. Awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Robert G. Hansen - Class of 1964
Age 24. S/Sgt. US Army. Killed in action August 7, 2020. Attended University of Nebraska at Omaha. Time in Army – one year. Awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge.

James W. Fous - Class of 1964
PFC US Army, 9th Division. Killed in action May 14, 2020. Attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Time in Vietnam – three weeks. Time in the Army – seven months. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
Citation for Congressional Medal of Honor: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. PFC Fous distinguished himself at the risk of his life while serving as a rifleman with Company E. PFC Fous was participating in a reconnaissance-in-force mission when his unit formed its perimeter defense for the night. PFC Fous, together with three other American soldiers, occupied a position in a thickly vegetated area facing a wood line. PFC Fous detected three Viet Cong maneuvering toward his position and, after alerting the other men, directed accurate fire upon the enemy soldiers, silencing two of them. The third Viet Cong soldier managed to escape in the thick vegetation after throwing a hand grenade into PFC Fous’ position. Without hesitation, PFC Fous shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive, absorbing the blast with his body to save the lives of the three men in the area at the sacrifice of his life. PFC Fous’ conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit the US Army.