Lewiston man afraid of what he may see on Memorial Wall

Lewiston man afraid of what he may see on Memorial Wall
LEWISTON - Hundreds of people visited the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall Saturday to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.

But a 63-year-old Lewiston man went to view it for a different reason

For years, Wayne Schetzle did not have the courage to go see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

"I was afraid I was going to see somebody on there I knew," said Schetzle.

But when the Moving Wall showed up in his backyard, he knew he could not stall any longer.

"I knew I was running out of time," Schetzle said. "Now that it was here and this close to where I live and I almost drove by and I saw that it was here and then I pulled in."

Schetzle is not a veteran nor did he fight in the Vietnam War. But he knows all too well about the war experience.

He was an entertainer. Using the stage name Wayne Shannon, he toured all over Vietnam entertaining troops in the early 70s.

And it was there where he met three people from his hometown in Moses Lake, Washington. The same three, whose names he was afraid to see on the wall.

So when he did not see any of their names....

"Big relief," he said. "I was afraid I would get here read a name and not be able to stand up straight."

But there are other names there, thousands of them.

The replica is about half the size of the original memorial in Washington D.C. but it has the same amount of names. More than 58,000 names of the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Schetzle says there's no one to blame for the war other than the world being what it is.

He says the price of being who we are is extraordinarily high and a war is one of those times we find that out.

"All of them better men than me and some women, too I dare say and it's hard to believe that, that many Americans are gone but they won't be the last ones," said Schetzle.