Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza 
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Alexandria Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication
July 6, 2002
Photos and Page Design by D.Beach
NOTE: To those who would care to share their photo recollections of the dedication weekend, please feel free to send (email) them to me and I will add them to this site.

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Versace Dedication Booklet
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Plaza Memorial before ceremony
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 Kerry Donley - Mayor of Alexandria
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Tim M. Kaine - Lt. Gov if Va.
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Jim Moran (D-VA-8th District).in the audience
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Michael Heisley, NBA team owner, close friend and supporter of Rocky.
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Mt.Vernon Young Perfuming Artists sing "I Can Fly"
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David Speck, Councilman of Alexandria
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Antonio Tobias Mendez - Artist/Designer of the Versace Sculpture and Plaza
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Sheila Whiting -Center Dir. of Mt.Vernon R. C. performs "God Bless America"
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Gen. Pete Dawkins (ret.), West Point classmate and friend of Rocky.
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The Unveiling of the Sculpture.
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Crowd admires the Memorial sculpture
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Crowd surrounds the Memorial sculpture
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POW-MIA sticker was designed by Newt Heisley, who coincidentally is a relative of Michael Heisley.
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Medal of Honor

The following photographs are from the camera and scanner of KrisTina Muia.
"Her father shared Roque's story with her as a youngster, so she has always celebrated and honored these heroes; Nick Rowe (a friend of Dad's,) Roque and. of course her family's own Vet, her Dad.  At Steve Versace's invitation, Kris Tina and Philip (her father), traveled up from Florida for this incredible weekend and KrisTina shot many pictures." - db
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Around Roque
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Dad, me and Roque
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Educational tables at memorial
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Humbert R Versace
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Leanin' on Roque - again!
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Philip, (Dad), Toby and Roque
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The Rolling Thunder
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The unveiling
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The Versace Family
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Up close at Plaza

 
More About Capt. Rocky Versace
Photos from other sources
The bronze statue of Rocky with two children is based on a photograph taken shortly before his capture. The Friends of Rocky Versace collected donations to help meet the $300,000 cost to build the Memorial.
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This photo was taken after Rocky had completed one year in Vietnam, and before returning there to meet his fate
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Rocky Versace was captured by the Viet Cong on October 29, 1963 and was imprisoned in a bamboo cage the size of a coffin for 23 months. During that time he attempted to escape three times. He argued with his captors in French, Vietnamese, and English, refusing to make statements against the United States. For his patriotism and loyalty to his country, Versace was executed in September 1965.
MEDAL of HONOR

Name: Humbert Roque "Rocky" Versace [not Humberto]
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army Special Forces
Unit: Detachment A-23, 5th Special Forces Group (Intelligence Advisor, MAAG at Camau)
Date of Birth: 02 July 1937 (Honolulu HI)
Home City of Record: Norfolk VA [actually Alexandria VA]
Loss Date: 29 October 1963 [date taken prisoner]
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 092626N 1050917E (WR170435)
Status (in 1973): Killed In Captivity
Category: 1
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: James N. Rowe (escaped 1968); Daniel L. Pitzer (released 1967); At Hiep Hoa: Claude D. McClure; George E. Smith (released 1965); Issac Camacho (escaped 1965); Kenneth M. Roraback (missing).
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Honor Roll of Alexandria's Vietnam War DeadMaquette of Bronze Sculpture dedicated to Capt. Rocky Versace
The benches surrounding the plaza will be inscribed with the names of all the Alexandrians who died in Vietnam. 
*= recently added, rank and service affiliation unknown at this time
CAPT Paul M. Bayliss (Air Force)
SSGT Douglas Randolph Blodgett (Army)
SGT Ray Burmaster Browne (Army SF)
CAPT Robert W. Clirehugh, Jr.(Army)
CAPT George Burton Colgan II (Army)
PVT Ross Willard Collins Jr. (Army)
WO1 Raymond Lester Conway (Army)
CPL Robert William Cupp (Army)
MAJ Joseph Edwin Davies (Air Force)
SGT Robert William Dean (Army)
SGT James Wheller Dickey (Army)
PFC Bernard Guy J. Dillenseger (Army)
MAJ Morgan Jefferson Donahue (Air Force)
CPL Charles Henry Elliot Jr. (Army)
LCPL Richard Holt Freudenthal (Marine Corps)
CPL Thomas Mark Gaither (Army)
PFC Darrell Lee Gibbons (Marine Corps)
LCPL Donald Wade Gill Jr. (Marine Corps)
WO1 Bruce Elliot Grahm (Army)
1LT Richard Tenney Gray (Air Force)
1LT Cleveland Ray Harvey (Marine Corps)
PFC Richard Willaim Hoffler (Marine Corps)
PFC Kermit W.Holland Jr. (Marine Corps)
SP5 William David Holmes (Army)
CPL Wayne Lamont Jordan (Marine Corps)
CPL Herman Leroy Judy Jr. (Army)
MAJ Paul Richard Karas (Army)
LCPL Michael John Keberline (Marine Corps)
SP4 Michael John Kilduff (Army)
SGT James Edward King (Army)
2LT Henry Alverson Ledford (Marine Corps)
SP4 David Atwood Lerner (Army)
CAPT George B. Lockhart (Air Force)
PFC Michael Eugene Ludwig (Army)
PFC Philip Newman Malone (Marine Corps)
CAPT Tschann Scott Mashburn (Army)
1LT Leland S. McCants II (Army)
SP4 Michael Joseph McCarron (Army)
LTJG Kenneth Earl Norris (Navy)
PFC Kevin McElhannon Jr. (Army)
CAPT Frank Meszar III (Army)
1LT Brian Joseph O'Callaghan (Army)
SSGT Clarence M. Overbay Jr. (Army)
SP5 Henry Lindsay Page II (Army)
       * Ralph B.Pappas
CAPT Joseph Lewis Powell Jr. (Marine Corps)
PFC Harry F. Richardson Jr. (Army)
CAPT Kenneth Robert Sawyer (Army)
AO2 Joseph Clarence Shartzer (Navy)
SP4 Johnny Jerome Smith (Army)
CAPT Henry Mershon Spengler II (Army)
1LT Lewis Lynn Stone (Army)
SGT Charles Lee Suthard Jr. (Marine Corps)
SGT Michael Oliver Thomas (Army)
SP4 Matthew Winston Thornton (Army)
PFC Foster Jewell G. Touart Jr. (Marine Corps)
PVT Jeron Franklin Valentine (Army)
CAPT Humbert Roque Versace (Army)
SFC David James Warczak (Army SF)
CPL James Clinton Ward (Marine Corps)
PFC Ronald Wayne Ward (Army)
       * Henry L.Warner, III
LTC Robert Earl Whitbeck (Army)
PFC Raymond Leroy Williams (Army)
SA John Anthony Winkler (Navy)
MAJ Carl L. Young (Army)
 
Friends of Rocky Versace who made this day possible:
Mike Faber ~ Phil Faber ~ Joe Flynn ~ 
Duane Frederic ~ John Gurr ~ Mike Kentes ~ Kevin Rue
~ Tony Heisley ~
~ Gary Smith ~

.. who died 5-27-200

. who was killed in the 9-11-01 Pentagon Attack.

... And of course, the many generous and supportive contributors.

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