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Westerly-Pawcatuck Honor Rolls

US-1 South
W Broad St at Main St
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island
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"Westerly-Pawcatuck War Memorial
In memory of all who gave their lives
and in honor of those who served
to protect our freedom
World War II
Korean Conflict
VietNam Conflict
Disabled American Veterans
Josiah Broadfoot Chapter #6
Westerly, RI" 

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This presentation is the first of two that straddled the river which is the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island. Both locations abut a very busy street, US-1, and probably don't get many visitors beyond the group of motorcyclists that tend to congregate on the bridge between the two spots. 

My research into the fallen of the war in VietNam took me to 1st Lt, Carl W Myllymaki III, USMCR. He was a two sport athlete in high school, and particularly remembered as the kid that wanted to become a high school athletics coach. He spent his summers employed as a lifeguard at Dunes Beach, the kind of guy that made everybody feel confident of their safety as long as he was on the tower. He was also the kind of guy that would help younger kids out by paying them a quarter or two to help clean up his part of the beach. By all accounts "Bud" was friendly, full of ambition, and a natural leader. 

Upon graduating college he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and reported to OCS in October of 1966. His OCS classmates still remember him as a real Marine, one that knew Chesty Puller was a hero to be admired and followed. "Bud" was leading his Echo Company team out beyond the security zone on October 2, 1968, when somebody tripped a booby trap, wounding Myllymaki and another man. Myllymaki was airlifted out, but died of his wounds later that day.  That man that wanted to be a coach left a wife, parents, and siblings at home.