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Heroes Lost But Not Forgotten: Vietnam Veterans Honored at MHS

Yesterday afternoon, many gathered at Mamaroneck High School to honor twelve men who gave their lives fighting in the Vietnam War.

Although many decades have passed since the Vietnam War, the memory of young men eager to begin their adult lives killed in battle is too poignant to forget.

Yesterday afternoon, twelve Vietnam veterns and graduates of Mamaroneck High School (MHS) were honored in a tribute organized by Sal Ticli, MHS Class of '64 and the receipient of a Purple Heart for bravery in Vietnam.  The ceremony was put together in honor of his former classmate, David Edward Porterfield, who was an outstanding varsity athlete in swimming, baseball and football. 

Porterfield was a hero by anyone's standards, risking his own safety to help his fellow soldiers.

Larchmont resident and photographer was on hand at the ceremony to take pictures.

According to his Silver Star citation, “On July 18, 1966 during Operation HASTINGS in Quang Tri Province, Hospitalman David Edward Porterfield left his position of relative safety to administer aid to fallen members of his unit and was himself mortally wounded. He continued to render medical assistance to others until he succumbed to his own wounds.”

Following are a list of the twelve men that were honored:

  •   L/CPL HAROLD HENRY SCHOCK USMC 20 OCT 65                              
  •   CPL EDGAR BROWER BURCHELL 111 USMC 4 JUNE 66                        
  •   CPL ROBERT DIROBERTO USMC 15 JULY 66                      
  •   HOSPITALMAN DAVID EDWARD PORTERFIELD USN/USMC 18 JULY 66
  •   MAJOR DANIEL JAMES KEATING JR. 22 USMC 22 MAY 68                 
  •   L/CPL ERNEST JAMES HILL USMC 14 JULY 68                               
  •   S/SGT RICHARD ALAN WESTERN USA 2O MAY 68                              
  •   PFC ANTHONY PHILIP AGAR USA 7 MAY 69                                        
  •   PFC VITO VITRO USA 28 FEB 69                                               
  •   SP4 JOHN BATTERSON JR. USA 19 JUNE 69                                      
  •   2nd LT. MARTIN JEROME KEOGH USA 2 MARCH70                             
  •   AIG DANIEL MARTIN BROWN USAF 4 JUNE 1971                                           
Russ Barber April 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
It was an honor for this old Marine to be present at the Tribute for Doc Porterfield...Doc was an outstanding Corpsman and always took great care of the Marines in his care...Mary and Elizabeth it was so nice meeting you both...I just want to thank you both for all the help that you gave to Sal...Sal is one great Marine and person... Thanks Again... Russ Barber
christopher Brooks April 28, 2012 at 04:08 AM
'Chris Brooks, class of 64, Sgt. USArmy, 1st Infantry Division I was one of many young men that trained with Dave, Sal, and Richie. I applaud the late but great recognition of past sacrifices, particularly that the current students at MHS might recognize the special qualities of their forebears at a great school.

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