Nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of people turned out for an event in Memorial Square to honor Hull’s Vietnam Era Veterans with plaques bearing the names of 537 who served.
Three of those were killed in action – James Daigle, James Sullivan and Joseph Dunn.
The memorial was especially personal for the event’s Keynote speaker, Four Star Marine General and Vietnam Veteran Richard Neal.
“Well I think what really comes home is that two of the three were classmates of mine in the class of 1960 at Hull High School. Obviously that has significant impact, because I’ve carried their names around in the back of my head since we lost them. I didn’t know Jimmy Daigle, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about him. You’ve got a total of 537 names on the wall. That’s a pretty significant contribution for a war that wasn’t in response to a surprise attack, like World War 2 was in Pearl Harbor”, Neal said.
Congressman Stephen Lynch also spoke during the memorial and said, “To see these names added after such a long time and all the families here – we have three Gold Star families here – it was especially poignant for them I think – but a wonderful, wonderful celebration of the lives and service of these 537 Vietnam Veterans that came out of the streets and neighborhoods of Hull”.
Other dignitaries at the event included State Senator Bob Hedlund, State Representative Garret Bradley, Hull veterans groups and selectmen.