Some facts about the war, Phila. vets


* The names of 646 war dead are carved into the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

* Thomas Edison High School lost 66 of its former students to the war, the most of any school in the country.

_ Twenty-seven graduates each from Cardinal Dougherty and Father Judge high schools also died in the war. No other Catholic secondary schools in the nation lost more.

* The bloodiest month of the war for the city was May 1968: 32 Philadelphians died in Vietnam that month.

* The average age of those serving in Vietnam was 22.

* All of the Philadelphians listed as killed in Vietnam were men.

* At least 10 Philadelphians were listed as Vietnam War POWs or MIAs, according to various Web sites.

* The body of one of those men finally came home 40 years later. Chief Master Sgt. Ervin Warren, of Overbrook, was among six members of an Air Force commando squadron shot down over Laos on June 3, 1966. In 1994, a villager led a team of U.S. and Laotian specialists U.S. and Laotian searchers to the crash scene. Warren and the others were subsequently buried in a single coffin at Arlington National Cemetery.

* The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial organization has launched a blog at its Web site,, and it's listed on a menu on the left-hand side of the home page - called the Remembrance blog. Contributors can share their memories of veterans they knew or their own personal experiences in the war. *

- Gloria Campisi