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Vietnam Memorial

Whipple Road at Douglas Pike 

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THIS SQUARE IS DEDICATED TO
THE MEMORY OF
1st LT. JAMES PANZARELLA
James Francis Panzarella is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Panel 10E Line 125.

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AND
S/SGT. C. WILLIAM SILVIA
Clifford William Silvia is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Panel 23E, Line 83.
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On May 30, 1968 the Panzarella-Silvia Memorial was dedicated at the intersection of Whipple Road and Douglas Pike.

Army Lieutenant James F. Panzarella was the commanding officer of Company A, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Army Staff Sergeant Clifford William Silvia was attached to the 25th Medical Battalion of the 25th Infantry Regiment. Both men were from Smithfield, and both were killed within a few weeks of each other while serving in Vietnam.

The dedication ceremony began with a parade which left the Town Hall at 8:45 a.m. The procession included family members of the servicemen, civic leaders, members of the Town Council, buglers and drummers, police and fire vehicles, as well as numerous townspeople showing their support.

~ From Jim Ignasher in The Smithfield Times

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