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This thesis is dedicated to the brave men and women who served in Vietnam, especially my father, Charles E. Sabis, and those who took the time to discuss their experiences with me. These people sacrificed a great deal for their country, and some paid the ultimate price. I wish to take a moment to express my deepest respect for these individuals and convey my undying thanks to them for their service, not only to the United States of America, but to myself and my generation. We will follow in your footsteps and continue to build on this great nationís history. We will never forget what you have done and the honor with which you conducted yourselves, and we will never fail to learn from your experiences.

As I write these words, there is no memorial at the University of Rochester specifically intended to honor its sons and daughters who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. I believe this to be a gross injustice. It often comes to pass that those in the present are distracted from honoring those who have preceded them by current events and concerns. I believe that University of Rochester Alumni who fought in Vietnam deserve to be brought to the forefront of thought at this institution. Memorial plaques for alumni who bravely served their country in other wars are currently situated in Wilson Commons and the Residential Quadrangle. It is my sincere hope that a memorial to the Universityís Vietnam Veterans will soon take its proper place amongst these monuments to our most honored predecessors.