Emotional Tribute to Vietnam Vets in Mamaroneck


Russell Barber was with David on the day that he died.

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.”

Pam Porterfield McIntyre, David's younger sister. The Mamaroneck Football team retired David's number Wednesday.

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.

Mamaroneck Girls Swim Team

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.

6 thoughts on “Emotional Tribute to Vietnam Vets in Mamaroneck

  1. Recently there was a memorial service in D.C. for Vietnam vets that died due to injuries or medical issues directly connected to their service in Vietnam. These vets died after their discharge dates, not while in Vietnam. One such was Ed Purdy from Mamaroneck. He graduated from Rye Neck High School (64 or 65?) and died of esophageal cancer due to repeated contact with Agent Orange while in the Marines. It reminds us of all the service people who carried the issues of Vietnam long after they came home. Ed always felt exceptionally blessed that he was able to come home when so many weren’t so fortunate.

  2. Pam is David’s older sister…

    Many thanks to Sal et al who honored Dave, John Batterson, and others who gave it all.. We learned how great America was, at MHS, and willingly contributed to her honor when called upon… It had nothing to do with the cause, That was America’s big mistake in not honoring our return…

  3. I remember the afternoon…sitting on the bleachers, watching in the distance a touch football game, Dave approached and gave me a look that penetrated my soul: “I’m going Mac….”

  4. So good to see that they are honoring Vietnam Vets who gave the supreme sacrifice in a “conflict” that Americans wanted to ignore.

  5. As a former Mamaroneck resident, who also served as a Corpsman with the Marines in Nam, I am so happy to see Mamaroneck HS honor Dave and the 12 others. Dave was one of the best I knew and was a friend to everyone. His death so many years ago hit all our friends hard and he was one of the main inspirations for me becoming a Corpsman with the Marines too. I would like to have talked to students who attended the ceremony to hear their thoughts when they heard Dave’s story and learned that one of their own alumni was such a hero and a great guy, Semper Fi Doc. I would like to especially thank Sal Ticli for all his efforts in organizing this. Great job Brother, Proud of you.

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