Memoriam

Names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC as of May 29, 2017 - 58,318

3 names that were added

USMC - Cpl Kenneth R. McQuire - Rib Lake, Wisconsin

US Army - Sgt John T. Whitson - Huntsville, Texas

US Army Edward L. Wilmers - Lapeer, Michigan

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LATEST UPDATE - JUNE 23, 2017

 

Air Force Col. Roosevelt Hestle, Jr., has now been accounted for.

On July 6, 1966, Hestle was a pilot assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Squadron, aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of four F-105s on a strike mission against surface-to-air missile sites in northern Vietnam. As they approached the target, Hestle issued a missile launch warning, and all aircraft began evasive action by diving toward the ground. As the aircraft approached the town of Thai Ngyuen, anti-aircraft began firing at them. Due to the evasive action, the other aircraft lost site of Hestle. Crews aboard one aircraft observed a large ball rising from the ground, though no crash was observed. Contact attempts were unsuccessful and no parachutes or distress signals were seen or heard. Due to hostile conditions in the area, search and rescue attempts could not be initiated and an aerial search of the area produced no results. Based on this information, Hestle was declared missing in action.

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In Memory of our 73 fellow brothers from

Beaver County who didn't make it home from Vietnam


The names listed below who gave their lives and are still missing are

(listed in the order) they were taken from us

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HONORING ALL WHO SERVED - DATES LISTED BELOW

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# Name Branch DOD Location on Wall
1 Howard M. Eakin, Jr. U S Army June 5 1963 Panel 1 E, Line 23
2 Michael P. Martin, Jr. U S Army Dec 12, 1963 Panel 1 E, Line 37
3 John L. Straley - MIA U S Army Jan 18, 1964 Panel 1 E, Line 42
4 Doyle W. Lynn - MIA U S Navy May 27, 1965 Panel 1 E, Line 125
5 John W. White U S Army June 15, 1965 Panel 2 E, Line 3
6 Henry D. Grimm Jr. U S Marine - KIA leaving Pendleton enroute VIETNAM June 25, 1965 Not On Wall
7 Raymo Santilli U S Army Nov 12, 1965 Panel 3 E, Line 47
8 Joseph A. Cestaric U S Air Force Dec 17, 1965 Panel 4 E, Line 20
9 Robert H. Carr, Jr. U S Army June 15, 1966 Panel 8 E, Line 48
10 Gary L. Miller U S Marine Sept 19, 1966 Panel 10 E, Line 120
11 James E. Graham, Jr. U S Marine Sept 24, 1966 Panel 11 E, Line 7
12 Howard D. Strauss U S Marine Oct 26, 1966 Panel 11 E, Line 115
13 Ronald E. McClelland U S Army Oct 28, 1966 Panel 11 E, Line 123
14 Samuel Lightman U S Army Nov 5 1966 Panel12 E, Line 10
15 Frederick W. Mullen U S Army Nov 5, 1966 Panel 12 E, Line 28
16 David C. Louthan U S Marine Nov 29, 1966 Panel 12 E, Line 129
17 Curtis L. Jeter, Jr U S Army Dec 16, 1966 Panel 13 E, Line 49
18 Thomas R. Mark U S Marine Feb 4, 1967 Panel 14 E, Line 118
19 Joseph Paolantonio U S Army Mar 20, 1967 Panel 16 E, Line 123
20 Julius E. Jenkins U S Army May 26,1967 Panel 20 E, Line 84
21 Joseph A.Tomko U S Army June 1, 1967 Panel 21 E, Line 30
22 Nick Panella, Jr. U S Army July 3, 1967 Panel 22 E, Line 121
23 James F. Tritt - MIA U S Navy July 7, 1967 Panel 23 E, Line 33
24 Andrew M.Hovancik, Jr. U S Marine July 16, 1967 Panel 23 E, Line 80
25 William H. Goedeker U S Marine Aug 24, 1967 Panel 25 E, Line 37
26 David L. Cowart U S Marine Sept 25, 1967 Panel 27 E, Line 9
27 Robert C. Howard U S Army Nov 4, 1967 Panel 29 E, Line 20
28 Michael A. Casp U S Army Nov 14, 1967 Panel 29 E Line 94
29 Larry W. Pierce U S Army Dec 24,1967 Panel 32 E, Line 55
30 William J. Potter, Jr U S Air Force Dec 29, 1968 Panel 32 E, Line 96
31 Adolphus Ellis U S Army Mar 1, 1968 Panel 42 E, Line 15
32 William J. Bowers U S Army Mar 8, 1968 Panel 43 E, Line 52
33 David L. Brown U S Marine Mar 18, 1968 Panel 45 E, Line 16
34 Lawrence R. Koman U S Marine Mar 20, 1968 Panel 47 E, Line 13
35 Lawrence J. Snyder U S Marine Apr 19, 1968 Panel 51 E, Line 3
36 Alfred B. Cafrelli U S Army April 21, 1965 Panel 51 E, Line 16
37 Wallace W. Shane U S Marine May 5, 1968 Panel 55 E, Line 30
38 Nicholas S.Vrankovich U S Marine May 24, 1968 Panel 70 E, Line 15
39 Earl R. Welsh, Jr. U S Marine July 19, 1968 Panel 51 W, Line 15
40 Bay B. Booth, Sr. U S Army Aug 15, 1968 Panel 48 W, Line 16
41 William J. Bilbo, Jr. U S Marine Aug 26, 1968 Panel 46 W, Line 26
42 Charles W. Seth U S Army Sept 14,1968 Panel 44 W, Line 60
43 Frank A. Skocich U S Marine Sept 17, 1968 Panel 43 W, Line 23
44 WilliamL.McLaughlin U S Army Oct 3, 1968 Panel 42 W, Line 68
45 Charles T. Roeder U S Army Oct 29, 1968 Panel 40 W, Line 55
46 John R. Larimore U S Marine Nov 24, 1968 Panel 38 W, Line 50
47 Louis Rodriguez U S Army Dec 20, 1968 Panel 36 W, Line 54
48 Ronnie L. Eckenroad U S Marine Mar 19, 1969 Panel 29 W, Line 77
49 Robert W. Moon U S Army Apr 23, 1969 Panel 26 W, Line 33
50 Donovan R. Fluharty U S Army May 20, 1969 Panel 24 W, Line 58
51 Larry E. Boyer U S Marine May 25, 1969 Panel 24 W, Line 101
52 ThomasW.Strathmann U S Army June 8, 1969 Panel 23 W, Line 112
53 Charles E. Hunsinger U S Army June 17, 1969 Panel 22 W, Line 65
54 Philip Mastramico U S Army June 27, 1969 Panel 21 W, Line 24
55 James H. Workman U S Army June 30,1969 Panel 21 W, Line 40
56 David F. Smith U S Army Aug 6, 1969 Panel 20 W, Line 104
57 Edward E. See U S Army Oct 31, 1969 Panel 16 W, Line 10
58 Larry L. Fowler U S Army Nov 27, 1969 Panel 16 W, Line 127
59 Daniel M. Dawson U S Army Dec 15, 1969 Panel 15 W, Line 58
60 Edward A. Bischoff U S Army Jan 12, 1970 Panel 14 W, Line 28
61 Walter H. Bucka, Jr. U S Army Feb 6, 1970 Panel 14 W, Line 106
62 Thomas R. Brewer U S Army Mar 15,1970 Panel 13 W, Line 130
63 Donald J. Pierce Jr. U S Marine Mar 18, 1970 Panel 12 W, Line 18
64 Jan H. Nelson - MIA U S Marine April 11, 1970 Panel 12 W, Line 124
65 Robert M. Kuner, Jr. U S Marine June 15, 1970 Panel 9 W, Line 56
66 William A. Jurich U S Army June 25, 1970 Panel 9 W, Line 91
67 James E. Hupp U S Army July 8, 1970 Panel 9 W, Line 130
68 Andrew J. Fritsch III U S Army Aug 10, 1970 Panel 8 W, Line 100
69 John A. Ogrizek U S Army Sept 26, 1970 Panel 7 W, Line 94
70 Fredrick J. Hughes U S Army Nov 14, 1970 Panel 6 W, Line 60
71 Ralph A. Moreira, Jr. U S Army Mar 5th, 1971 Panel 4 W, Line 25
72 Benjamin E. Yard, Jr. U S Army Jan 16, 1972 Panel 2 W, Line 98
73 Rodger M. Netherland U S Navy May 10, 1973 Panel 19 E, Line

 

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WW I - 4,452
WW II - 73,681
Korea - 7,956

Vietnam - 1608
Persian Gulf - 52
Somalia - 8

 

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Members of Vietnam Veterans of America


Beaver County Chapter 862 who are no longer with us,


but will never be forgotten:

 

 

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1. Robert D. Doughty Jr. U S MARINES 03-22-02
2. Robert B. Patterson Jr. U S ARMY 09-23-02
3. George H. Morrow U S MARINES 05-04-02
4. John J. Helbling U S ARMY 01-04-03
5. Robert C. Revay U S NAVY 02-06-03
6. Paul L. Webber U S ARMY 08-13-03
7. William J. Raisley Jr. U S MARINES 01-26-04
8. John H. Hawk U S ARMY 02-00-04
9. Charles E. Nowry U S ARMY 05-22-04
10. Gerald K. Kummer U S ARMY 06-00-04
11. William S. Weyand U S NAVY 01-03-05
12. John A."Chief" Namath U S ARMY 02-19-05
13. David E. Sonnett U S ARMY 07-04-05
14. Edward E. Ellefson U S AIR FORCE 08-16-05
15. James R. Rekrut U S AIR FORCE 03-22-06
16. Andrew R. Moslen U S ARMY 03-03-06
17. George A Grates Jr. U S ARMY 01-10-07
18. Steven P. Vereb U S ARMY 02-13-07
19. Jeffery A. Mabin U S NAVY 07-08-07
20. John L. McGowan U S NAVY 12-11-07
21. William R. Seeger U S MARINES 02-04-08
22. Nicholas P. Schwartz U S AIR FORCE 03-23-08
23. William S. Pierce U S ARMY 09-11-08
24. Donald E. McNutt U S AIR FORCE 11-09-08
25. David C. Naber U S MARINE 03-04-09
26. Clifford O. Sipe U S ARMY 07-06-09
27. James A. Bunting U S ARMY 08-29-09
28. Ernest M. Perdue U S ARMY 09-09-09
29. John T. Hricak U S NAVY 09-17-09
30. Louis L. Hickman U S ARMY 10-09-09
31. John O. Chimile U S AIR FORCE 11-23-09
32. J. Brise Bickerton U S ARMY 12-30-10
33. Edward B. Kolosvary U S ARMY 03-06-10
34. Jerry A. Reed U S ARMY 06-27-10
35. Talbert R. Swogger U S ARMY 08-04-10
36. Ronald L. Yesko U S ARMY 11-02-10
37. Blaine W. Allinder Jr U S ARMY 01-12-11
38. Rodney Trent U S NAVY 02-01 11
39. Jim Kelly U S ARMY 06-08-11
40. Richard P. Kulpa U S ARMY 10-04-11
41. Donald A Yothers U S ARMY 10-07-11
42. John C. "Moe Descutner U S ARMY 11-23-11
43. Richard R. Melvin U S NAVY 12-26-11
44. Gary L. Headley U S ARMY 01-11-12
45. Michael J. Hutchinson U S MARINE 01-12-12
46. William E. Wright U S MARINE 03-27-12
47. Melvin "Bud" Temple U S ARMY 05-13-12
48. Theodore J. Woelfel U S ARMY 05-21-12
49. Wayne E. Dobson U S ARMY 08-01-12
50. Paul A. Mulig U S MARINE 09-05-12
51. James P. "Pickles Piccirilli U S NAVY 09-19-12
52. Jon A. Neely U S ARMY 11-11-12
53. Charles E. Harvey U S ARMY 12-06-12
54. Vince Ionta U S AIR FORCE 12-25-12
55. Lawrence C. "Chuck" McClune U S NAVY 03-19-13
56. Michael B. Russ U S ARMY 03-20-13
57. William J. Bischak U S ARMY 03-28-13
58. Duane F. Flaherty U S ARMY 09-24-13
59. Peter A. Petrosky "Bugs" U S AIR FORCE 10-15-13
60. Gary L. Roberts U S NAVY 12-06-13
61. Joseph G. Russell U S MARINE 03-06-14
62. Nick P. Vucetich U S AIR FORCE 05-06-14
63. William R. Clear U S AIR FORCE 06-15-14
64. Bernard Strauss U S ARMY 07-06-14
65. Thomas Victor "Squirrel" Robes U S MARINES 07-10-14
66. Duillo "Sarge" J. Bonazza U S ARMY 08-16-14
67. Thomas E. Harper U S ARMY 11-11-14
68. Steve M. Tatgenhorst U S MARINES 01-15-15
69. Sullivan J. Tonti U S ARMY 02-05-15
69. Robert A. Feick U S NAVY 03-23-15
70. Ronald A. Cholewinski U S ARMY 05-22-15
71. Jack W. Susie Sr. U S MARINES 06-18-15
72. Paul H. Suscinski U S MARINES 06-18-15
73. Gary L. Myers U S NAVY 07-29-15
74. Harry E. Suttelle Jr. U S ARMY 12-26-15
75 Jeffrey L. Hess U S AIR FORCE 01-10-16
76. John R. Bowden Jr. U. S. AIR FORCE 01-15-16
77. David Zulick U. S. MARINES 02-02-16
78. Teola Patillo U. S. AIR FORCE 02-29-16
79. Daniel D. Godich U. S. AIR FORCE 04-05-16
80. William F. Karas U. S. ARMY 04-08-16
81. William C. Fisch U. S. MARINES 04-25-16
82. Joseph S. Dombrowski U. S. NAVY 04-26-16
83. James E. Quinn Jr. U. S. AIR FORCE 06-11-16
84. Glenn W. Rethage U. S. ARMY 07-30-16
85. Thomas L Coe Jr. U. S. MARINES 10-08-16
86. Gale J. Mussey U. S. NAVY 11-18-16
87. Livio R. Pagani U. S. ARMY 11-20-16
88. Donald D. Cripe U. S. ARMY 11-28-16
89. Kenneth E. Hughes U. S. ARMY 12-17-16
90. Louis J. DeOld U. S. ARMY 01-22-17
91. Luke P. Patrino U. S. ARMY 01-28-17
92. Charles J. McPherson U. S. ARMY 05-19-17

 



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VVA 862 CHAPTER "MEMORIAL"

CEMETERY OF THE ALLEGHENIES

BRIDGEVILLE, PA

This is the "Closest" Military Cemetary to Beaver County located off Interstate 79

at the Allegheny / Washington County line. .

Several of our VVA 862 Chapter members are already there.

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"Funeral Honors"

For our Fallen VVA 862 Brothers & Sisters

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Our VVA 862 Honor Guard will provide members of our Honor Guard to
"Stand Guard" at the casket during visiting hours at the funeral home.

We also provide a "White Rose" Ceremony for our VVA 862 members only!


We will also provide the regular military services at the Church or Cemetery or Funeral Home, of your choice.

Please Note: We only travel to Beaver and the Counties surrounding it.

"We must be notified ASAP" by the next of kin in order for our members to provide these services.
Please Contact our
"Honor Guard Commander" -
Ray Litzinger at 724-378-5855 (Home) or 412-974-9192 (Cell)

or Asst Commander Rich Raich at 412-974-6282 (Cell) or if you can't either one of them

Lee Corfield 724-775-3027 (Home) or 412-974-8586 (Cell)

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List of all "Women Veterans" (Taken from us during Vietnam)

 

 

Vietnam (1959-1975)

 

U.S. Army

2nd Lt. Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba
2nd Lt. Elizabeth Ann Jones

Lt. Drazba and Lt. Jones were assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon. They died in a helicopter crash near Saigon, February 18, 1966. Drazba was from Dunmore, PA., Jones from Allendale, SC. Both were 22 years old.

Capt. Eleanor Grace Alexander
1st Lt. Hedwig Diane Orlowski

Capt. Alexander of Westwood, NJ and Lt. Orlowski of Detroit, MI died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evac. and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evac., in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI and Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23. Both were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars.

2nd Lt. Pamela Dorothy Donovan

Lt. Donovan, from Allston, MA, died of pneumonia in Qui Nhon on July 8, 1968. She was assigned to the 85th Evac. in Qui Nhon. She was 26 years old.

1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane

Lt. Lane died from shrapnel wounds when the 312th Evac. at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969. From Canton, OH, she was a month short of her 26th birthday. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Bronze Star for Heroism. In 1970, the recovery room at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, where Lt. Lane had been assigned before going to Viet Nam, was dedicated in her honor. In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, where Lane had attended nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.

Lt. Col. Annie Ruth Graham, Chief Nurse at 91st Evac. Hospital, Tuy Hoa.

Lt. Col. Graham, from Efland, NC, suffered a stroke in August 1968 and was evacuated to Japan where she died four days later. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, she was 52.

U.S. Air Force

Capt. Mary Therese Klinker

Capt. Klinker, a flight nurse assigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines, was on the C-5A Galaxy which crashed on April 4 outside Saigon while evacuating Vietnamese orphans. This is known as the Operation Babylift crash. From Lafayette, IN, she was 27. She was posthumously awarded the Airman's Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Civilian

American Red Cross
Hannah Crews Died in a jeep accident, Bien Hoa, 1969.
Virginia Kirsch Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Cu Chi, 1970.
Lucinda Richter Died of Guillain-Barre syndrome, Cam Ranh Bay, 1971.

Army Special Services
Rosalyn Muskat Died in a jeep accident, Bien Hoa, 1968.
Dorothy Phillips Died in a plane crash, Qui Nhon, 1967.

Catholic Relief Services
Gloria Redlin Shot in Pleiku, 1969.

Central Intelligence Agency
Barbara Robbins Died when a car bomb exploded outside the American Embassy, Saigon, March 30, 1965.
Betty Gebhardt Died in Saigon, 1971.

United States Agency for International Development
Marilyn L. Allan Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Nha Trang, August 16, 1967.
Dr. Breen Ratterman (American Medical Association) Died from injuries suffered in a fall from her apartment balcony in Saigon, October 2, 1969.

United States Department of the Navy OICC (Officer in Charge of Construction)
Regina "Reggie" Williams Died of a heart attack in Saigon, 1964.

Journalists
Georgette "Dickey" Chappelle Killed by a mine on patrol with Marines outside Chu Lai, November 4, 1965.
Phillipa Schuyler Killed in a firefight, Da Nang, May 9, 1967.

Missionaries
Carolyn Griswald Killed in raid on leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet February 1, 1968.
Janie A. Makil Shot in an ambush, Dalat, 1963. Janie was five months old.
Ruth Thompson Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet February 1, 1968.
Ruth Wilting Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet February 1,1968.

POW/MIA
Evelyn Anderson Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972. Remains recovered and returned to U.S.
Beatrice Kosin Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972. Remains recovered and returned to U.S.
Betty Ann Olsen Captured during a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968. Died in 1968 and was buried somewhere along Ho Chi Minh Trail by fellow POW, Michael Benge. Remains not recovered.
Eleanor Ardel Vietti Captured at leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, May 30, 1962. Still listed as POW.

Operation Babylift

The following women were killed in the crash, outside Saigon, of the C5-A Galaxy transporting Vietnamese children out of the country on April 4, 1975. All of the women were working for various U.S. government agencies in Saigon at the time of their deaths with the exception of Theresa Drye (a child) and Laurie Stark (a teacher). Sharon Wesley had previously worked for both the American Red Cross and Army Special Services. She chose to stay on in Vietnam after the pullout of U.S. military forces in 1973.

 



Barbara Adams
Clara Bayot
Nova Bell
Arleta Bertwell
Helen Blackburn
Ann Bottorff
Celeste Brown
Vivienne Clark
Juanita Creel
Mary Ann Crouch
Dorothy Curtiss
Twila Donelson
Helen Drye
Theresa Drye
Mary Lyn Eichen
Elizabeth Fugino
Ruthanne Gasper
Beverly Herbert
Penelope Hindman
Vera Hollibaugh
Dorothy Howard
Barbara Kauvulia
Barbara Maier
Rebecca Martin
Sara Martini
Martha Middlebrook
Katherine Moore
Marta Moschkin
Marion Polgrean
June Poulton
Joan Pray
Sayonna Randall
Anne Reynolds
Marjorie Snow
Laurie Stark
Barbara Stout
Doris Jean Watkins
Sharon Wesley
59 civilians
8 military
67 TOTAL

 


Original Sources:
Vietnam Women's Memorial Project (Military) and A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends (Civilian). Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, 2001 S Street NW, Suite 302, Washington, DC 20009 202-328-7253 A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends is a coalition of women who served as civilians with various organizations in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It is a private, nonprofit, educational organization founded to create an archival collection documenting civilian service in war, and to honor the memory of the American civilian casualties of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Information graciously provided with permission by: Ann Kelsey, Army Special Services-Libraries Cam Ranh Bay 1969-1970 kelsey@openix.com

Revised November 2000:
Sources: Vietnam Women's Memorial Project (Military) and A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends (Civilian). Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, 2001 S Street NW, Suite 302, Washington, DC 20009 202-328-7253. A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends, 1015 South Gaylord, Suite 190, Denver, CO 80209, 303-575-1311. Revised November, 2000. This list is subject to correction and addition as further information becomes available.

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HONORING ALL WHO SERVED (DATES)

American Revolution - 1775-1783

War of 1812 - 1812 - 1815

Indian Wars - (Approx) 1817 - 1898

Mexican War - 1846 - 1848

Civil War - 1861 - 1865

Spqanish American War - 1898 - 1902

World War I - 1917 - 1918

World War II - 1941 - 1945

Total Missing - 73,057

from Pennsylvania - 4752 Still Missing

Korean War - 1950 - 1953

Total Missing - 7747

from Pennsylvania - 560 Still Missing

Vietnam War - 1964 - 1975

Total Missing - 1608

from Pennsylvania - 90 Still Missing

Desert Shield / Desert Storm - 1990 - 1991

Post 911 - 2001 - Present

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