Moving Wall revives memory of local man killed in Vietnam

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer and Dave Lein, Editor

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Corporal Raymond L. Wilcox, of Mancelona, whose name is listed on the Moving Vietnam Wall as one of the soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War. The Moving Wall recently visited Kalkaska for the third time.


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Wilcox's name as it appears on both the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and on the Moving Wall. 


MANCELONA – Tabatha Swadling Glezman, of Mancelona, took a road trip last Saturday to visit with a relative she never knew.

"I was a baby when he died so I never knew him," Glezman said of her uncle, U.S. Army Corporal Raymond L. Wilcox, whose name is on the Moving Vietnam Wall, the half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which visited Kalkaska last weekend.

But as it is for all who see the memorial to those lost in combat during the Vietnam War, finding her uncle's name on the wall was a powerful and emotional experience.

"I was overwhelmed by the number of veterans on that wall," she said. "Of course, I knew that it was a lot, but seeing that wall with all of those names really put all of the people that were lost, and the families that have lost loved ones, into perspective.

"I am proud of the sacrifice he made for our country," she added.

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