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Pointing to the name of her first love, Richard Ned Lillis, is Dianne (Altstadt) Szarke. Killed in action in Vietnam, his name appears on the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which was in New York Mills Sept. 10-13. Dianne was engaged to Lillis in 1966--about nine months before he stepped on a landmine near Quang Nam, South Vietnam, Dec. 29, 1966.

Every name on 'Wall' a painful reminder of life, love lost

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NEW YORK MILLS -- Vietnam was beginning to heat up in 1966.

When 18-year-old Dianne Altstadt came home to Perham, a solemn-faced priest, was waiting for her.


She knew her fiance was dead.

For nine months in 1966, Dianne was engaged to a soldier.

The young U.S. Marine from Richville popped the question before he departed for his second tour of duty.

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