At Mamaroneck High School, alumni Vietnam Veterans were honored Wednesday along with the 12 classmates who did not return from the war.
Sal Ticli, Class of ’64, Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran, organized the tribute in honor of his friend and classmate David Edward Porterfield, ’64. Porterfield was an outstanding varsity athlete in swimming, baseball and football.
According to his Silver Star citation, “On July 18, 1966 during Operation HASTINGS in Quang Tri Province, Hospitalman David Edward Porterfield left his position of relative safety to administer aid to fallen members of his unit and was himself mortally wounded. He continued to render medical assistance to others until he succumbed to his own wounds.”
Sal had mistakenly received his friend’s medals from the government earlier this year and it started him thinking how much he missed his friend and that there never was a proper Welcome Home to the Vietnam Veterans in this area.
He brought together hundreds of people from the Mamaroneck community at the Mamaroneck High School. The high school football team came to present David’s sister, Pam McIntrye, with his retired jersey number.
Russell Barber, who was with David the day that he died, drove hundreds of miles to attend the ceremony.
Story and photos by Sandra Wong Geroux.