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'Mysterious' Vietnam War Memorial

"Cycle ride from Tomichi Creek off of Highway 50 near Gunnison, CO up to the Continental Divide, where we found this war memorial tucked away in seclusion. You won't find it on any maps. An old local at the Tomichi Trading Post said the Park Rangers keep it off maps...the story is that a Vietnam Vet somehow used a chopper to sneak the pieces in. If anyone knows the true story, I'd love to hear it." Some additional info can be found at http://neighbors.denverpost.com/album_pic.php?pic_id=17636 - To see on Google Maps go to: http://goo.gl/maps/RQFjA

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  1. 28101493
    28101493 Jan 18, 2014

    "Ai bao Troi khong co mat?", Vietnamese Proverb I Google-translated this and got "Who sky is not present?" or "Who can not face sky" (slightly different spelling of "bao"... What are we missing? Any better translation out there?

  2. 28101493
    28101493 Jan 20, 2014

    FMI: Does anyone have the Lat/Long (GPS) coords for this site? I want to walk this mesa!!!

  3. MajorTerry
    MajorTerry Jan 22, 2014

    Try this:38.292033,-106.371415 Terry

  4. bulldurham48
    bulldurham48 Jan 24, 2014

    This is amazing. Some really cares and remembers. Who ever it is Gd Bless him/them. Now just pray that some fool doesn;t try to move or destroy it.

  5. ukielp
    ukielp Jan 28, 2014

    SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL.THANK YOU WHOEVER

  6. ukielp
    ukielp Jan 28, 2014

    TO BAD MORE VETS HAVEN'T PUT A COMMENT IN

  7. 26355890
    26355890 Jan 28, 2014

    maybe that those of us that have been to war understand without comment.

  8. 7200441
    7200441 Jan 29, 2014

    Thanks for posting this. The 20th Indian Division was the division used by the allies to disarm Japanese troops left in Indochina after World War 2 ended. It looks like a WWII monument. Really amazing though.

  9. Chalkblock
    Chalkblock Jan 29, 2014

    Nice. I Love Mysteries. Who ever place it there THANKS for doing it.

  10. 32090752
    32090752 Jan 29, 2014

    keep it sacred LAOS

  11. WJB
    WJB Jan 30, 2014

    How many times have you scratched a note to or initials of your fallen buddies? My grateful thanks to the Park Rangers for their handling of this now, hallowed ground. If you ever need us..(and you know what I mean) put the word out..we've got your backs. To the creators and founders, My Brothers, THANK YOU and God Bless you. Semper Fidelis

  12. gunner312
    gunner312 Jan 31, 2014

    Now this is interesting. Whoever erected it. Thanks. Semper Fidelis. Viet-Nam, 1964/65/66/71/72

  13. 17992972
    17992972 Jan 31, 2014

    South of Sargents CO and east of Sargents Mesa, find the intersection of sh855 and sh578, about a quarter mile north is a white rock alligator with his tongue sticking out. About an eighth mile north of the alligator is an white rock arrowhead. It almost points directly at the memorial. It is inside a triangle shape. map co-ordinates +38°17'31.44", -106°22'17.04"

  14. Robert_Norwood
    Robert_Norwood Feb 05, 2014

    It's really strange, so far out there and alone. Guess that says something.

  15. Malakie
    Malakie Feb 05, 2014

    And 10,000 years from now people will be still trying to figure out what they are, where they came from and why.. kind of like the pyramids and other places today we do not have any clue about.. Pretty cool...

  16. 32114215
    32114215 Feb 08, 2014

    Great..... Rangers have kept it private for a reason. They can't always be around.... Now you have given the name of it and possible GPS Location and NOW if asked they must reveal it!!! Awesome site and Great to see it but Please don't give the name of locations etc like this in the future. Someone will no doubt find it now and vandalize it cuz that is what the idiots of today do. :(

  17. Safetyguy61
    Safetyguy61 Mar 04, 2014

    Soldiers do not fight for country, apple pie, or mom. They fight to support each other. A soldier knows his comrades will never lie to him.

  18. CasualtyReporter
    CasualtyReporter 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for posting. Peace to all my brothers and sisters who served with me in Vietnam. Semper Fi

  19. egidley
    egidley 2 weeks ago

    Quite remarkable and beautiful in its starkness. Brings a tear. Ed Gidley, Vietnam 1967-1968

  20. 7690218
    7690218 2 weeks ago

    Being a Australian having entertained troops in Vietnam and having friends in the US I have been asked about this memorial, sadly I cannot add anymore than what in known. Having visited the Wall in DC you can reach out and touch the names as I wrote to a friend, this is a very sacred place where you can be alone and those that you have lost and who can reach out to you. The wind, trees and grass gives the place a serenity I cannot put into words. I would give anything to be there at the first dusting of snow alone with my thoughts, so silent the air around me, remembering. Such a beautiful place. Vale

  21. 31432403
    31432403 1 week ago

    Wonderful! The site rates the veneration of the Nation. If you go, leave it as pristine as it should be. Thanks for sharing. Semper Fi RVN 1st MarDiv Jan 67- Mar 68; Jun 70- May 71

  22. 32289159
    32289159 1 week ago

    I was in the first marine C- company Danang Vietnam 1970, we were on a hill near Hyvon pass and I saw a lot of grave markers on the side of the Hill, a old Gunny told us that the French were there in a battle. he said they were facing France. I never forgot the calm that over came me when I saw all the Grave markers. Sgt.Lasick U.S.M.C. The vietnam War is always with me. i keep it to myself until I see a monument like this. The news media worked against us in Vietnam and I feel sorry for those who believed Them! and the real story is in the hearts of those who served.

  23. 32294870
    32294870 1 week ago

    I believe the man who made this memorial was named Stu Beckley. I would love to work with his family to get all the facts and get a plaque put with the memorial -- although Mr. Beckley did not want publicity for his work.

  24. 32297640
    32297640 1 week ago

    In memory: Maj George J Pollin USAF 29 Apr 67 NVN P-18E/L-116 Co Pilot Col Loren Torkelson(dec) POW 29 Apr 67 Lest we forget

  25. 13831418
    13831418 1 week ago

    It is a great symbolic and historical find---tracking back in time the events of Indo-China and the horror of wars. May all of us that experienced the VN war remember those of all nations that fell for freedom. TRM

  26. 30605460
    30605460 6 days ago

    Thank you !!!! Ted April 10 1965 I will see this before I die an be with our Brothers Semper Fi Ted

  27. Sword100
    Sword100 4 days ago

    If you really want to see a great memorial to the dead of Vietnam, go to Angel Fire, NM. It was started as a memorial by a doctor to his Marine son killed in VN. It is a beautiful memorial and was built well before the one in DC. I think it is more meaningful than the DC memorial. Once Dr. Westphal built it, people started leaving pictures of their sons who had been killed. It represents the outstretched wings of an Angel and it overlooks the valley. I believe DAV took over the memorial when Dr. Westphal became to old to take care of it. I wish the DC memorial had used it as it's model, but politics became the driver.

  28. fgw04
    fgw04 3 days ago

    Thank you for posting this, so that other's will always remember.

  29. 32311393
    32311393 1 day ago

    I love this. Don't know much about it but what the money left means. It's always nice to see a coin left on my loved ones graves when visiting. A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickel indicates that you & the deceased trained at boot camp together,while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

  30. 21253277
    21253277 1 day ago

    Bless those who cared enough about the sacrifice of all soldiers to give them a place for them to be remembered. 1st Lt. Daniel D. Jordan U.S.Army RVN 67'-68'.

  31. 32323325
    32323325 Today

    A wonderful thing to know and a great thing to see. Someone really cares. Its to bad that the boys in D.C. don't give a dam about us veterans. We spill our blood and are willing to die for this country but DC. don't really care about us. We are on our own brothers and sisters. There is one thing for sure we have each other.

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