Private Terry Michael Abbott: US Marines - Lancaster NH May 8, 1949 - Feb 22, 1968
Private First Class David Alan Ackerman: US Army - Derry NH July 18, 1949 - June 6, 1968
SP5 Robert Paul Ahern : US Army - Laconia
March 19, 1942 - March 30, 1969
Sergeant Daniel John Albert: US Army - Berlin NH
November 19, 1948 - November 21, 1968
Maj John Christopher Archbold: US Marines - Portsmouth NH October 17, 1929 - June 7, 1969
John had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Entered the service via Regular Military. Served during the Vietnam War. He began his tour on November 24, 1968. Archbold had the rank of Major. His military occupation or specialty was Pilot VMA A 4.
Attached to III Marine Amphibious Force, 1st MAW, HMM 364. During his service in the Vietnam War, Marine Corps Major Archbold experienced a traumatic event which ultimately resulted in loss of life on June 7, 1969. Recorded circumstances attributed to: Died through non-hostile action, air crash on land. Incident location: South Vietnam, Quang Nam province.
SP4 Gary Wayne Ball : US Army - Walpole NH
March 25, 1948 - July 16, 1968
SP4 Glendon Roman Barnett: US Army - Jaffrey NH March 19, 1944 - June 14, 1967
SGT James B Bartlett: US Army - Portsmouth NH April 6, 1942 - July 2, 1966
Sergeant Gaetan Jean Guy Beaudoin: US Army - Manchester NH September 5, 1948 - August 26, 1969
SP4 Gilbert Thomas Beaupre: US Army - Manchester NH April 3, 1943 - October 25, 1967
2nd Leutenant Michael E Bennett: US Army - Brentwood NH April 15, 1946 - November 2, 1967
Sergeant Guy Andre Blanchette: US Army - Manchester NH November 30, 1046 - August 26, 1969
Sergeant Lawrence Clifford Bloom : US Army - Exeter NH March 28, 1947 - January 26, 1968
Corporal Richard George Bouchard: US Marines - Manchester NH: July 17, 1947 - September 19, 1969
SP4 Michael Ervan Brady: US Army - Newport NH -
January 1, 1946 - January 28, 1967
Corporal Richard Albert Brooks: US Marines - Pittsfield NH - August 3, 1947 - April 25, 1968
Staff Sergeant Cecil Angus Broome Jr. : US Army - Lancaster NH - September 5, 1933 - May 26, 1966
1st Leut. Bruce Wadleigh Brown: US Army - Hampton NH - February 13, 1945 - September 12, 1968
PFC James Warren Brown: US Army - Campton NH - July 16, 1946 - March 13, 1966
SP4 Mark Lawrence Brown : US Army - Hampton NH - April 19, 1950 - September 27, 1969
SP4 Warren Richard Brown: US Army - Nashua NH - March 18, 1947 - February 22, 1968
SP4 David Elvin Bunker: US Army - Kingston NH - November 8, 1946 - November 13,1967
Captain John Bishop Cabana Jr: US Air Force - New Castle NH September 22, 1939 - March 29, 1967
Captain John Bishop Cabana Jr: US Marine Corps - Belin NH February 13, 1938 - March 29, 1967
Staff Sergeant George Eugene Cahill: US Marine Corps - Rochester NH February 13, 1938 - August 29, 1967
Lance Corporal Paul Joseph Camire: US Marine Corps - Exeter NH November 7, 1946 - May 25, 1967
Corporal Frank Lee Cass: US Army - Plymouth NH November 1, 1951 - March 11, 1971
PFC Robert Sheehan Castelot: US Marine Corps - Hillsborough NH January 21, 1948 - June 11, 1968
Sergeant William Earl Cate: US Marine Corps - Hillsborough NH October 4, 1936 - September 15, 1966
Lance Corporal Howard Arthur Chamberlin: US Marine Corps - Brookfield NH January 10, 1947 - September 12, 1967
PFC Arthur Edward Clough: US Marine Corps - Grantham NH March 18, 1950 - February 18, 1970
PFC Ronald Raymond Cormier: US Marine Corps - Portsmouth NH April 8, 1948 - April 21, 1967
Warrant Officer Martin James Coronis: US Army - Nashua NH December 6, 1942 - July 11, 1967
PFC Ralph Ronald Cummings: US Marine Corps - Portsmouth NH February 13, 1951 - March 18, 1971
PO2 William Stanley Cutting: US Navy - Lebanon NH October 29, 1944 - April 1, 1968
SFC George Lewis Dale: US Army - Gorham NH July 4, 1941 - May 6, 1968
1st Lieutenant Raymond Coyle Daley: US Marine Corps - Dover NH November 30, 1943 - July 3, 1968
Sergeant Ronald Charles Davis: US Army - New Boston NH December 20, 1948 - January 23, 1970
PFC William Thomas Davis: US Marine Corps - Holderness NH July 18, 1949 - August 25, 1968
SP4 Darwin James Delano: US Army - Hinsdale NH March 23, 1947 - November 26, 1968
Corporal Author Emile Demers Jr. : US Marine Corps - Penacook NH November 25, 1946 - July 2, 1967
Corporal Richard Arthur Demers: US Marine Corps - Berlin NH February 27, 1947 - October 16, 1967
Warrant Officer Richard Terrance Derosier: US Army - Claremont NH July 10, 1940 - January 3, 1970
Staff Sergeant Maurice Claude Descoteaux: US Army - Berlin NH February 9, 1930 - August 19, 1967
PFC George Philip Desmarais: US Marines - Concord NH July 24, 1949 - March 28, 1968
1st Lieutenant Charles Joseph Dickey: US Army - Lancaster NH October 9, 1941 - July 7, 1968
HR Robert Paul Dionne: US Army - Manchester NH April 2, 1943 - July 14, 1965
Corporal Leon Normand Doucet: US Marine Corps - Manchester NH September 8, 1945 - February 5, 1967
PFC William Raymond Douillette Jr. : US Army - Concord NH October 20, 1950 - January 29, 1969
Master Sergeant Lawrence Normand Dubia: US Marine Corps - Tilton NH July 3, 1934 - February 4, 1970
PFC Josephn Agustus Durling III: US Marines - Derry NH March 3, 1949 - September 7, 1967
CWO Orrin Leonard Dyer Jr.: US Army - Rumney NH July 1, 1929 - February 3, 1968
PSGT Robert Bennett Emro: US Army - Strafford NH October 27, 1929 - April 18, 1967
Captain John Paul Falcone Jr. : US Army - Hampton NH October 28, 1939 - November 11, 1967
Captain William Newcomer Feaster (Chaplain): US Army - Portsmouth NH May 14, 1938 - October 26, 1966
Private Ralph Barnard Fecteau Jr. : US Marine Corps - Cornish NH December 6, 1947 - May 3, 1968
Lance Corporal Robert Edward Finan: US Marine Corps - Claremont NH July 5, 1949 - December 16, 1969
SFC James Norman Finn: US Army - Salem NH June 6, 1931 - December 4, 1966
Staff Sergeant George Francis Flanagan: US Marine Corps - Nashua NH September 12, 1938 - January 4, 1968
Corporal Peter Fletcher: US Marine Corps - Hudson NH September 21, 1946 - January 20, 1969
Warrant Officer Marshall H Ford: US Army - Marlborough NH April 10, 1945 - January 7, 1968
Corporal William, George Frasier: US Marines - Manchester NH February 4, 1947 - December 28, 1967
SP5 Edward Francis Fratus : US Army - Concord NH February 17, 1949 - December 9, 1969
Corporal Gerald James Frost: US Army - Dover NH December 9, 1947 - June 8, 1968
SP4 Robert Gene Galbreath: US Army - Winchester NH March 25, 1952 - February 25, 1972
PFC Ernest Ulric Gamelin Jr. : US Army - Suncook NH November 3, 1948 - December 23, 1968
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Owen Ganley: US Air Force - Keene NH September 22, 1940 - June 29, 1978
PFC Ernest Gardner: US Army - Walpole NH May 29, 1948 - December 11, 1968
Sergeant Robert Louis Gardner: US Army - Nashua NH July 1, 1922 - June 13, 1962
Petty Officer 3 Thomas Wilfred Gaudet: US Navy - Salem NH July 20, 1947 - April 21, 1969
1st Lieutenant Michael LewisGeister : US Army - Rye NH Feb 17, 1946 - March 16. 1960
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Armand Roger Gelinas: US Army - Manchester NH January 3, 1928 - October 11, 1967
Staff Sergeant Richard Edgar Genest: US Army - Manchester NH August 7, 1945 - August 26, 1969
PFC Yvon Eldmond Girouard: US Marine Corps-Littleton NH April 1, 1949 - May 23, 1969
Sergeant Richard Gerald Godbout: US Army - Manchester NH January 11, 1948 - December 30, 1967
Warrant Officer Barry William Godfrey: US Army - Pelham NH February 10, 1950 - August 25, 1970
PFC Verne Milton Greeley: US Marine Corps - Derry NH September 11, 1947 - July 6, 1967
Nephew to State Senator Jack Barnes - Sponsor of SB-182 to Establish the NH State Veterans Cemetery.
Petty Officer 2 - Eliot Franklin Guild: US Marine Corps - Winchester NH September 16, 1946 - January 20, 1968
Staff Sergeant Robert Frederick Haines: US Army - Loudon NH December 21, 1942 - August 27, 1967
A1C Richard Lee Halgren : US Air Force - Nashua NH June 4, 1946 - September 24, 1968
Staff Sergeant Kenneth Robert Hall: US Marine Corps - Keene NH May 28, 1935 - April 24, 1966
Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Walter Hall: US Army - Nashua NH June 17, 1926 - June 24, 1968
Staff Sergeant Eugene Howard Harriman: US Army - West Franklin NH February 13, 1936 - December 23, 1967
Lance Corporal Richard Kenefick Harvell: US Marine Corps - Bewdford NH December 17, 1947 - September 29, 1967
Corporal Yvon Andre Hebert: US Army - Stratford NH October 2, 1946 - January 17, 1967
Master Gunnery Sergeant Carroll Franklin Hersey: US Marines - Wolfeboro NH May 13, 1928 - May 18, 1969
SP4 Davis Wayne Hildreth: US Army - Warren NH September 19, 1949 - April 14, 1969
PFC Barry Malcolm Hillsgrove - US Army - Dover NH February 22, 1947 - March 30, 1968
1st Lieutenant John Lawrence Hogan: US Army - Exeter NH December 29, 1947 - March 28, 1971
Staff Sergeant Ralph Arthur Howard: US Army - Hillsborough NH August 13, 1948 - February 10, 1970
PFC Jay Allen Hurd: US Army - Laconia NH January 18, 1947 - September 1, 1966
Lance Corporal Frank Alan Indyk: US Army - Raymond NH June 22, 1949 - December 15, 1967
SP4 Stephen Dyer Jewett: US Marines - East Andover NH December 14, 1942 - December 27, 1965
SP4 Richard Bruce Johnston: US Army - Candia NH January 11, 1946 - June 22, 1967
PFC Kenneth Bradley Jordan: US Marines - Twin Mountain NH March 25, 1948 - March 27, 1967
The Kenneth Bradley Jordan Memorial Bridge
By Jeff Woodburn
Each spring, the North Country comes alive. Few are more ready for this change than high school seniors, who are edging toward graduation, freedom and adulthood. In May of 1966, three Whitefield high school buddies - David Glidden, Butch Rexford and Ken Jordan - missed a day of school to go to Concord. It was a place they had likely never been before. The one-hundred mile trek south to Concord was a long trip back then. The U.S. Marine recruiter, who drove them, would have followed Route 3 through a dozen or so towns before reaching the highway, and, this, would have given them plenty of time to think about their future or at least weigh the ramifications of their decision to go to war. "We understood the risks," Glidden said, "We figured it was our duty." After a battery of tests, it became clear one of them was not going. Rexford was deemed ineligible to serve because of a health condition. In January, after basic training, Glidden and Jordan were off to Vietnam and on Easter Sunday, the day after his 19th birthday, Jordan stepped on a land mine and died two days later.
Kenneth Bradley Jordan had always wanted to be a Marine. His mother, Olga, better known as Gay, had been a marine in World War Two, and his father, Maurice, who everyone called "Bud," served in the army. The Jordan's owned a Sunoco gas station and a few tourist cabins along Route 3 just south of the Route 302 intersection in Twin Mountain. Bill Houghton, a neighbor of the Jordans, remembers an occasion when he was home on leave from Korea. He was sporting his Marine uniform, when young Jordan, who was 7-8 years old at the time, approached him with the news that he too was going to be a marine someday.
Growing up, Jordan seemed wise and mature beyond his age. Mary Young, his teacher and neighbor, recalls a junior high school field trip to Cannon Mountain that turned problematic when the single chaperon suffered a concussion. Young was forced to take the adult to the hospital and left Jordan in charge giving him the key to the Twin Mountain School. "He was nice," she said, "always smiling." At Ninth grade, Twin Mountain students transferred to Whitefield High School, where local students had formed bounds over eight years of schooling. But Jordan, with a warm personality quickly made new friends and became a popular addition to his new school. Rexford and Jordan became fast friends enjoying their time in the woods together."He was the best friend I ever had," said Rexford, "He went out of his way to help others...always focused on others."
Jordan's personality was not only infectious, but his interest and abilities seemed all inclusive. He was a skilled athlete -- playing baseball, basketball and running track. He was also active in the Boy Scouts and theatre. In a very short time, he won the loyalty of his classmates by being chosen President of his class, a rare fete for non-Whitefield resident. His high school noted that he was chosen by his classmates as both the most energetic and cooperative student.
Between basic training and leaving for Vietnam, Jordan returned home to the North Country for a twenty day furlough. While visiting with his friend and fellow classmate, David Astle, Jordan made a strange, yet prophetic announcement. "Ken told me, 'I'm not coming back,' Astle said. Such a statement was not uncommon, warns Glidden, who said, he'd probably said the same thing himself. He attributed it to the aggressive training and preparation to get men ready for combat. "It was complete harassment one-hundred percent of the time," he said of the training, but even that wasn't adequate preparation for the horrors of Vietnam.
It could have been more too. This war was not going well, the enemy's guerilla warfare proved difficult to penetrate, our own political resolve was beginning to weaken and, by 1967, the casualties were ticking up rapidly. Tom Gage, then Whitefield's police chief and Korean War veteran, caught the growing distinction between World War Two and other wars, when he said, "Vietnam, like Korea, wasn't a favorite for anybody." One of the regular tasks of the Marines was to continue to capture enemy territory. "The Marine's always go in first," Glidden added. "It was a very delicate" task that they called "wipe-ing" he said, "The foliage was thick, jungle like" and you had to be alert to enemy attack as well as the presence of landmines. The key was to be totally attentive to your surroundings, and "only step in untouched soil." He credits his years in the woods hunting with saving him from death, but in the final analysis it was more about fate than anything else.
On his sixty-eighth day in Vietnam, Jordan was somewhere in South Vietnam penetrating enemy grounds, when his foot hit a six inch box landmine. The injuries were severe, but he lingered for two days in a hospital before dying. Glidden, who was in North Vietnam at the time, got the news of his friend's death from his squad leader. He was told that it was his job to escort Jordan's body home to New Hampshire. "I couldn't believe Kenny was gone," he said, "Until this day, I still don't."
Small towns experience and feel pain more broadly than most places probably because there is no refuge from it. Everyone knows, and cares. This was especially true with the news of the death of young Kenny Jordan fanned out across the North Country. Jordan's friends remember exactly where they were when they learned the fateful news, and the accompanying sense of shock and disbelief. Jordan's parents personally informed their son's closest friends and asked them to be honorary pall-bearers for his funeral. "The whole town was in a state of shock. It brought the war home in a very personal way." Rexford, one of the pall-bearers, said, "I was angry, but I never doubted the rightness of the war." Astle, who was also a pall-bearers, said the "area took it pretty hard. He was one person that it shouldn't have happened to." The reach of this tragedy touched many people, well beyond his immediate peers. Steve Canton, who was a few years younger, had long admired Jordan. "It hit me real, real hard," he said, "I remember my mother calling up to me and telling me the news." A few years later, Canton himself joined the Marines and went off to Vietnam and, he said, "The basic reason was because of Kenny."
Jordan was laid to rest with a full military funeral at Twin Mountain's St. Patrick's Church. Over 500 mourners - nearly twice the town's population - filled the stone church and spilled outside.
Even today, some forty-two years later, the reaction of a dozen or so of Jordan's friends follow a similar pattern. First, there is caution and a measured restraint holding back a flood of emotions, and in time, the personal stories slip out as a reminder that a person's life is measured not by how they die, but how they lived. The stories often describe tender moments of kindness and selflessness that rarely mark an adolescent males developing personality. The pain of the fateful news still haunts them and, for some, it was an abrupt end of innocence that seemed to mark their idyllic childhood. Others are bitter. Glidden, the young man that enlisted with him and escorted his body home, said, "Kenny lost his life for nothing," while noting that U.S. pulled out of Vietnam and achieved none of its original objectives.
In 2004, Canton, then a supervisor at the state's Department of Transportation, couldn't shake the feeling that his fallen friend deserved some kind of a memorial. Then it hit him that a proper tribute would be to name one of Twin Mountain's bridges. So, after several months of building broad community support, legislation was filed to dedicate an un-named bridge that spans the Ammonoosuc River along Route 3. Today, the Kenneth Bradley Jordan Bridge stands within eye shot of the church where his funeral was held and a short distance from his childhood home and the cemetery where he was interred. And, although Route 3 has been reconstructed - raised, widened and straightened - it is the same route that took the three young men to Concord in the spring of 1966, full of dreams of the future and also took one of them home much too soon.