Frank Jurney, M/3/5
THE REPLICA WALL
My name is Frank Jurney... having served with Mike 3/5 in Nam from Nov. 1966 to Dec. 1967 and been in field as a Grunt, you have a good feel for excitement and action. Upon returning to the States and entering the work force time begins to pass and your memories of Nam are not as frequent. With time and in 1982 with THE HEALING WALL completed in DC, the Nation is beginning to recognize the veterans who served. I was not ready to attend the WALL
Time continued to pass, in 1988 a replica traveling WALL was in Jacksonville and I made an attempt to view the WALL with no success -I was not ready.
Time again passed till in 1999 in a small coastal town in north Florida the Replica WALL is being presented. I with the desire to view the Wall and pay respect to my fellow Marines. So I proceed to Fernandina Beach. I arrived early with few in attendance-I proceeded to look up a few names that I could remember on the schedule and moved to the WALL finding Bailey, Callahan, Capodanno-names being hard to remember.
I wanted to pay my respects to the Marines that we lost in our first major battle with the NVA-UNION. I could remember one name- Love. There on panel 19E line 105 I found Love, and there were the names of the other guys we lost that day-Love, Dennis, Summers, Scharibone and Haley. I viewed and paid my respect to my fellow Marines.
Upon returning home and viewing the print out of each Marine who had died that first day of Operation UNION--I was stunned viewing the date of their death--all had died on 13 May 1967----13 May 1999--32 years to the day, I viewed The WALL.