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This page is dedicated to all the veterans of the armed forces of the United States. Whether they died in combat or in bed of old age, we all owe them so much, because they bought our freedom for us.
Submission form located at bottom of this page.
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In Loving Memory of Those Who Served. . .

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.


POW/MIA Patrick Joseph Magee
By Candace A. Rakestraw, Great Falls, MT, USA

Rank/Branch: E6/US Army
Unit: HHC, 223rd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 22 September 1946 (Butte MT)
Home City of Record: Alder MT
Date of Loss: 03 January 1971
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 134700N 1090630E (BR960250)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: U6 "Beaver"

For today I pray they bring you back, for tomorrow I hope you return, but for this moment I just pray for you.

Army Maruice C. Martin
By Kathalise Martin, Pikeville, KY USA
My husband's granddad. He served in " the World War " Co.H 313th Infantry and was wounded in action. He died in 1984 at the age of 90. Thanks granddad for the honor you instilled in your son LTC Jason H. Martin SR. U.S. Army (30 years ) passed away feb. 1981, and he in turn instilled in my husband LTC Jason H. Martin JR. U.S. Army (22 years )

POW/MIA Robert Susumu Masuda
By Sandy Easton, Long Beach, CA USA
Thank you Robert, (My Adopted Pow/Mia) for your great sacrifice for all of us. We will never forget!

POW/MIA Alan Paul Mateja
By Kathalise Martin, Pikeville, KY USA
Capt. Alan Paul Mateja my adopted POW/MIA. Home of record Louisville, KY. I Talked with your mother and you are not forgotten.

Visit Alan Paul Mateja at my web site:

POW/MIA Capt. Peter R. Mathes
By Eddie the Lock
Capt. Peter R. Mathes USAF 24 Nov 1969 Date Of Loss

I got a name on a bracelet and a government that doesn't care. We know you're out there Pete and we'll never stop till you're back. Remember one thing Peter Mathes, the real Americans are still waiting for you and will never give up. One day you're going to read this and know you still have a country with people that will go back to back with you. To the United States government: hang your head in shame because you know in your heart of hearts that you abandoned brave men. A man is never dead until he is forgotten.

POW/MIA Mayaguez Incident
By Ellen , USA
At 11:21 a.m. on May 12 (1975), the U.S. merchant ship MAYAGUEZ was seized by the Khmer Rouge in the Gulf of Siam about 60 miles from the Cambodian coastline and 8 miles from the Poulo Wai Island. The ship, owned by Sea-Land Corporation, was en route to Sattahip, Thailand from Hong-Kong, carrying a non-arms cargo for military bases in Thailand.

Capt.Charles T.Miller, a veteran of more than 40 years at sea, was on the bridge. He had steered the ship within the boundaries of international waters, but the Cambodians had recently claimed territorial waters 90 miles from the coast of Cambodia. The 39 seamen aboard were taken prisoner.

These brave men all gave their lives to gain freedom for the crew of the Mayaguez.

LCpl Gregory Copenhaver - USMC - MIA
PFC Lynn Blessing - USMC - MIA
PFC Walter Boyd - USMC - MIA
PFC Daniel Benedett - USMC - MIA
LCpl Andres Garcia - USMC - MIA
HM1 Bernard Gause - USN - MIA
PFC James Jacques - USMC - MIA
HM Ronald Manning - USN - MIA
PFC James Maxwell - USMC - MIA
PFC Richard Rivenburgh - USMC - MIA
PFC Antonio Sandoval - USMC - MIA
PFC Kelton Turner - USMC - MIA
2Lt Richard Van de Geer - USAF - MIA
PFC Gary Hall - USMC - MIA
LCpl Joseph Hargrove - USMC - MIA
Pvt Danny Marshall - USMC - MIA
LCpl Ashton Loney - USMC - MIA
SSgt Elwood Rumbaugh - USAF - MIA

Visit Ellen's Mayaguez Incident web site:

Marines Cpl. Michael Alan Mcaninch
By Joan Samuelson, Houston, TX USA
Michael was killed in action Aug. 28th 1969 while trying to save a Marine brother in Hiep Duc Valley. He was my fiance, my husband in every sense, and I miss him still.

His memorial page is

Marines Arthur A. McConnell
By Eric and Elisabeth McConnell, Stroudsburg, PA USA
Loving husband, father of 2 boys and 1 girl. Grandfather of 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. He was a marine during the Korean war, and served as a reserve police officer for 15 years.

Marines Raymond Wayne McDonald
By Thurman Moore, St. Louis, MO USA
Ray McDonald was a friend that anyone could love and count on to be with you whenever you needed help. We met in July 1965 and were never apart from then until 30 November 1965. He went to Viet Nam and I stayed on Okinawa until January 1966.

Ray came home and was told by others that I had been killed in 1966 and he took it very hard. I was told of my demise in March 1969 and told that Ray thought I was dead. I said I would find him and let him know that it was not me they saw lying on the field of battle.

It took me twenty-nine years 1969-1998 to find him and learned that I was too late. Ray McDonald had died nine years earlier of complications from 'AGENT ORANGE'. I've contacted his family and told them who I was and what I was to their brother.

I told stories of him they laughed and I cried. I lost a very good friend and I never got to tell him I was alive. I never got to tell him what I thought of him. Now I have to talk to a COLD GREY STONE that will never talk back to me. It will never laugh or smile at me. It will never give me the stare I was used to whenever I did something that was wrong.

The only thing that STONE will do is help me remember and keep alive the memory of a great person and friend.

MACK I will always love you man, and you will always be in my heart and memories. Your friend and buddie THURMAN (OLE MO) MOORE. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND

Army Dwaine U. McGriff
By Anna McGriff, Cullman, AL USA
On Dwaine's second tour of duty in Vietnam Dwaine was wounded on 7 September 1970. His many citations, awards and medals reflect not only his usefulness to his country but his deeds of heroism in serving his fellow troops. The purple heart reminds us of the wounds received in combat that would cause permanent injury and physical agony that would follow him to the day of his death, on 7 January 1999. Through his 40 plus operations and all his suffering, while never complaining, he has always said he would serve his country all over again. He was a soldier's soldier. His service to his family was undeniable, and their love for him unmeasured. He was a family's family man.

POW/MIA James Henry McLean
By Jason Bachman, Reno, NV USA
Somewhere out there I'm certain that the memory of James H. Mclean brings tears to the heart, although I never the man, as he is my adopted MIA serviceman, and will do my best to bring him home! May the Lord watch over him, wherever he may be.

Marine Edward James Mcune
By Charles Francomano, Brookhaven, NY USA
God Bless you Uncle Eddie. Semper Fi. With all my love. Your God son Charlie

Air Force 1st Lt. Harvey E. Meitner
By John Meitner, Baraboo, WI USA
In memory of my Father, killed as a pilot of a C-47 on 17 July 1945, as his plane crashed into a mountain on the island of Mindoro in the Phillipines. I was 5 at the time, my younger brother just 3. The loss has been so great that the two of us and my mother still cannot speak of the matter. His is a true example of devotion to his family and country, along with all the others. We shall meet again some day.

Marine Fredrick Wayne Miller
By William H. Newsome (Bill), Smithfield, NC USA
Freddy Miller was KIA Vietman on Thuresday, afternoon, April 21, 1966. I think of him every day as I grow older. I wonder if I could have done more.

POW/MIA CMSGT.Thomas Moore
By Diane Moore, Augusta, GA USA
My dad, Cmsgt. Thomas Moore went missing in action on 10-31-65 in the Bein Hoa province of Vietnam while trying to return to base. He was with 3 other airman, Cmsgts. Sam Adams, Charles Dusing, and one other who escaped. Please remember my dad, and his comrades as well as all of the other unaccounted for men and women from Vietnam, and their families. Any one knowing of the 6250th civil eng. sqd. in tan son nut in 65 please feel free to email me trying to find info on his unit.

Marines Willard Edward Nelson
By Jason Bachman, Reno, NV USA
Billie was my great uncle. He died at the age of 19 in South Vietnam January 30,1968. I never met the man but my mother new him well. But I just wanted to thank him and all the others too for my FREEDOM!!!

Marines L/Cpl David Nipper
By Harry Meyer, Newman, GA USA

Began Tour: 21 Nov 1964
Ended Tour: 21 Nov 1964
D Co., 3d Recon Bn., 3d MarDiv
Casualty(?) in Offshore VietNam Helicopter Crash
His Remains Were Not Recovered
Panel 01E - Line 73

Marine Charles Steven Norris, USMC
By Nancy Norris Moore, Piketon, OH, USA
My brother, from Spokane, WA, was only 18 years old when he was called to be pointman by his CO and was gunned down by a NVA sniper with an AK-47. This was February 27, 1967 in Quang Tri Province. He was never one to shirk his duty, and even though the previous pointman had just been gunned down, he did his job without question. His name is on the "Wall", and I would like to share a poem I wrote after visiting that memorial:

The Crying Wall

It was raining the day Dad and I
Went to visit the Wall.
We found a place to park the car,
Then made our way up the mall.

We both had seen the pictures
And articles about this place,
But neither of us was ready
For the impact of what we now faced:

58,000 names all engraved and so precise.
58,000 souls all paid the ultimate price.
58,000 people all left loved ones behind.
58,000 lives all lost before their time.

One name stood out from the many
Which we stopped and read.
The name of our son and brother
Was listed among the dead.

I reached out to touch the letters
And drew my hand back wet.
It seemed the Wall was crying
Tears of sadness and regret.

Marine William Howard Norris, USMC
By Nancy Norris Moore, Piketon, OH, USA
My father served as a Marine for many years. He saw the end of WWII, the beginning & end of Korea, and did two tours in Vietnam, yet he never thought what he did was special. His only son was KIA in Vietnam, which hurt him deeply, but he never thought what he did was special. He was always there for me when I needed him, yet he never thought what he did was special. I may not have always understood his stern demeanor, but I always knew he was special. Dad died from lung cancer in July 1997, and to the end he was special.

Army Adrian Pacheco
By Jose' Ve'lez, Honolulu, HI USA
It was a honor knowing you brothers... Welcome home to the world in heaven.... Love you both.... You will never, ever be forgotten never.... Your bro Papo-Gato.... Peace my brothers...... One day far away we will meet in the hootch of heaven......May God bless you both and keep you there always..... And to all my Vietnam veteran brothers and sisters..... Welcome home!!!!!!!!!

Army Billy Ray Patrick
By A. Fernandez, a jungle soldier, New York, NY, USA
Billy Ray Patrick, U.S. Army, killed in action in Vietnam 29may66. Both Billy Ray and myself served with Alpha Company , 1st BN, 35th Regiment ("the cacti", 3rd brigade task force, 25th infantry division "the tropic lightning"), United States Army, Pleiku, Vietnam, 1966.

POW/MIA The Boys of Pennsylvania (112)
By Mike Blades, Glenville, PA USA
To: My God, we miss and wonder after our loved ones!

To: My Country, where are they????

To: The boys of Pennsylvania, hold on -- we will be coming for you soon!

To: The American POW, your fight from long ago is now ours ... some have forgotten, but SOME have not! We will be there and someday you to will be here!!!

Marines Kenneth E. Perry
By Vada (Rogers) Long, Terre Haute, IN USA
In Memory of Kenneth E. Perry, who died Jan. 3,1971 in Viet Nam. He will always be remembered like a second son to his Aunt Inei... a friend and a fellow Marine to his cousin Bob and tome his young cousin he will always be remembered as the boy who climb the tree at Saline City to get me the balloon I was crying for. You are always with us Kenny. Love always your cousin Vada

Marines Sgt. L.D. Peters
By RB Harton, Carrollton GA USA
In memory of Sgt. L.D. Peters USMC KIA Sept 4 1967, Quang-Tin Provence, RVN. You saved my life, and more from the 2nd Squad. I'll never forget you snd what you did for us. God bless your family, and we will meet again at the gates. Cpl RB Harton USMC Ret.

Marines LCpl Freddie Joe Phifer
By Donald E. Hinman, Medina, NY USA
L/Cpl Freddie Joe Phifer was born 12/23/47 and was from Fort Mill, SC. He began his tour in Vietnam on 06/11/67 as my radioman in Echo Company 2nd Bn 3rd Marines. He was KIA on 12/11/67 and I have missed him and his friendship ever since that day. Having only known L/Cpl Freddie Joe Phifer for a short time was both an honor and privelege for me. For those who never got the chance to meet him, truly missed out on someone special. Sleep well my friend because you have earned it.

Navy Robert E. Potter
By Donald Potter, Oxnard, CA, USA
To my brother Robert Potter, Who served for 30 years in his countries U.S. Navy. He was a great brother a great father and also a man of God. Bob passed away a few years after retireing from the Navy way too young. I know he is in a better place and with the god he loved and served during his liftime on earth. I am looking forward to being re-unted with him when God decides it is time.

Army Sp-5 Kenneth W. Prevost KIA 3/15/70
By William "Bill" Kimbrell, Walhalla, SC USA
In Honor of All My Fallen Brothers. Thank you for your ultimate "Jungle Cut."

Brothers Forever,

Army Robert Bruce Protto Jr.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department
By Deborah Wiedemann, San Jose, CA USA
Deputy Sheriff of Santa Clara County, Ca., sent to Viet Nam as an Army Staff Sergeant killed in Viet Nam 1969.

We would be grateful to hear from anyone who passed by Bruce in his much too short life. If you knew Bruce please contact me at:

Marines Lynn Putman
By Basil D. Duncan, San Diego, CA USA
Sgt. Lynn Putman was a personal friend who passed on to a better life this year, 1998. He was in the battle of Midway, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Not once did he waver in his dedication to his country, the Corps or to the men that served with him. In 1945 my wife and I were blessed with identical twin sons and I was honored to name one of them in honor of my friend Lynn Putman. I look forward to seeing him again when my tour of duty is over here on earth. God bless.

Marines Melvin Daryl "MICK" Quinn
By Terry "SKIPPER" Porter, USA
I am Terry "SKIPPER" Porter former Captain USMC 66-71 active duty & 71-77 active reserve. Two tours in Vietnam Oct 67-July 68 and Mar 69-Fev 70. First at Chu Lai with the 9th Engr. Bn. and then Da Nang with the 1st MP Bn. & Hq. G-5, FLC. I went through OCS and The Basic School at Quantico, VA in 1968 with a man who became my best friend and brother. 1st Lt. Melvin Daryl "MICK" Quinn from Merced, CA was KIA on April 1, 1970. We were former enlisted marines who got picked up for OCS. He loved the Marine Corps and planned on making it his career. By his wife's request I was his personal body escort. I picked him up at San Francisco and flew him home to his wife and newborn son. He was laid to rest in the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas with full military honors. His name is located on Panel 12W, Line 73 on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial - The Wall.

I wear a KIA bracelet with his name constantly to remind me and others of his sacrifice. My wife, Laurie "REDLITE" (a retired SMSgt. E-8 from the Air Force as a Flight Engr. on KC-10 with 23 + years), and I are the National Coordinators for RUN FOR THE WALL. We Ride In Freedom For Those Who Can't. It is an annual motorcycle ride from California to Washington, DC every memorial day (this was our 10th year). We ride to raise POW-MIA awarness, help healing and remind people of the sacrafice of all veterans. We had over 200 motorcycles with us last year. We joined with over 200,000 other bikers on Memorial Day Sunday for ROLLING THUNDER! Our wed site is and we invite you to visit us and link with us if you would like.

Navy Richard Rasmussen
By Ron Rasmussen, St. Cloud, FL USA
In memory of my Father, Seaman First Class Richard Rasmussen, U.S. Navy, World War 2. He was 17 when he went to fight for a country who had accepted his father who came here from Denmark 25 years earlier. He faught the war against cancer as bravely as the war against Japan. Sadly, he lost the fight on 25 Dec. 1979. You're always in my thoughts, dad.

Marines Gary Lee Ream LCPL
By JoEtta A. Sollenberger, Mechanicsburg, PA USA
KIA: DaNang VietNam - November 3, 1966 Age: 20

Beloved Son of the Late Lois K. Ream and Beloved Brother of JoAnn, Duane, Wally, Alan and Jody. "You may be gone, but will never be forgotten."

Marine Robert H Redd Sr.
By Bob Redd, Jacksonville, AR USA
To the best man I ever knew. Bob Redd 1921-1984. 1st Raider BN, on the Canal, New Georgia etc... WW2. He was so very strong until the end in Sept 1984 when he died from cancer. Never giving in, he won a golf tourney one week before he died. For those of you who know what it means he was at Bloody Nose Ridge on the canal. I am a Vietnam Vet, USMC 0311 68-69 and I have known some good men but no-one I have ever known had the honor and courage of Bob Redd my Dad. We miss him dearly.

Army SSG Errol J. Reddick
By Dan Fisher, Wilton, NY USA
My good friend E.J was born on Saturday, January 23, 1943, and passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 1990 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a Vietnam Veteran, and retired after 20 years of service, in 1987. I seerved with him in Service Battery, 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 1984-1987. He is greatly missed!

Marines Richard T. Rhoads, Sr.
By Richard T. Rhoads, Jr., Sylvester, GA USA
M/SGT Richard T. Rhoads, Sr., USMC (RET). Served in China, Korean War, and two tours in VietNam (Chu Lai and Hue). Passed from this life on December 30, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Dad, your watch has been relieved... we will stand at ready 'til we meet again. Hai-Hai.

Navy Walter Arthur (Sparky) Rick
By Kevin W. Rick, Sugar Grove, IL USA
This commentary is submitted in memory of my loving father (WALTER ARTHUR RICK) EMC-1, US NAVY. Walter served aboard the USS LST 272, LST 865 and APC 48 during WWII in the Pacific and the LSMR 412 during the Korean conflict. Walter ended his US Navy career as Chief Petty Officer (Electrician). My father saw action in the Marshall Islands, Tarawa, Japan, Phillipine Islands, Marianas Islands, Guam, Saipan and Kwajalein Atol during WWII and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and served on a rocket launcher ship in Korea. After the Korean conflict, Walter served as an instructor for newly recruited Naval Electricians at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. Walter was awarded many medals during his enlistment with the US Navy. Following, WWII and Korea, he served as Commander for his American Legion Post in Chicago, IL. Dad: you were never and will never be forgotten. You were a hell of an Electrician and Engineer and you taught me well. I've followed your footsteps during my career! You would be proud! I'm trying to preserve your piece of history in this great country that you faught so hard for. Go Navy! We miss you very much Dad (Sparky)! You were my mentor, teacher, best friend and most of all my father. I'll never forget you! From your loving son and best friend: Kevin Walter Rick

Army 1Lt. Kevin A. Rinard KIA 4/24/71
By William "Bill" Kimbrell, Walhalla, SC USA
In Honor of All My Fallen Brothers. Thank you for your ultimate "Jungle Cut."

Brothers Forever,

Marines Terry Roberts
By Steven Terrell, Sr., Knoxville, IA USA

Home Town: Ottumwa, Iowa
Rank: PFC
Killed in ation: Wednesday, December 20, 1967
Age: 18 years old
Time in Country: 1 month.

Very good friend, almost brother-in-law. I miss him.

Air Force Maj. Charles E. (Bud) Rogers USAF KIA/BNR
By Kimberly Rogers Hunter, Altamonte Springs, FL, USA
Daddy was stationed in Pleiku and was declared KIA/BNR on 4 May 1967, shot down while piloting an A1E over southern Laos. The crash site (Grid XB915234, Sanamxai District, Attapu Province, Laos) was surveyed on 27 Jan 1993 (DOD case 0668) and we still don't have any answers, as they have not excavated the site yet. Too many unanswered questions and too many lies for the past 32 years, when do I get the truth and closure? Until that time Daddy, I miss you greatly and so do the grandchildren who never had the chance to know you, especially your grandson Travis who is now older than I when I lost you. May you rest in peace until the day we meet again. Your little Princess, Kim.

Army Loyd Rogers
By Vada (Rogers) Long, Terre Haute, IN USA
Loyd Rogers who did his duty in WWII. You are always in my heart grandpa and I wish you were here to play with your 3 great grand-daughters. I love you, Vada

POW/MIA John L. Ryder Captain USAF
By Cheralyn Maturi, Chisholm, MN USA
John Leslie Ryder, born July 5, 1946, hometown: Chisholm, Minnesota. Graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1968. Captain Ryder lived a few miles north of me. After he was reported missing, his parents set up ham radio equipment and spent hours in contact with overseas operators in search of their son. They spent the rest of their lives searching for information that might bring their son home. Sadly his parents have passed away, never having found out for sure whether or not their son was alive or dead. I have adopted Captain Ryder and hope to carry on their search for the truth about their son. I wish I could have known him personally, he was very well-liked in our little hometown. If anyone out there knew Captain Ryder, please let me know. You can see a photo of him next to his plane at: God Bless you all and my sincere thank you for my freedom.

Army Gerald D. Sack
By Peggy Kapes, Tomball, TX USA
Gary, I never knew you, a brother-in-law who gave his life in Vietnam for our country. You left behind a young wife, a son you never got to see, hold, love or watch grow up to be a kind and sensative man. You are missed by your family and someday we will all meet above. We ask why and there is no answer. Please watch over your loved ones, your son needs that.

Army MSG Juan A. Santana-Medina
By Marilyn, Laurens, SC USA
Dear Daddy, Thank you for being such a brave and courageous soilder. You served our country twice in Korea and also in VietNam. Even though I was only 12 at the time of your tour in VietNam, I knew it was war and that you faced the possiblity of never returning to us. How Mom and us girls use to watch the news every evening!! The Lord was so good to you and brought you home back to us. How I remember that welcome home!

I am so thankful that you had the opportunity to see me get married and enjoy my children. We will always see you as a hero because you are. It's been a year since diabetes took your life, but you still continue on in the arms and presence of our Risen Lord. Until we meet again, Daddy! I Love You!

Your loving daughter,

Army Alfredo P Sanut
By John C Sanut, Denver, CO USA
To a dear brother, SFC Alfredo P Sanut. I was already in VietNam and we didn't have to be there at the same time. Our last visit was 1964.... I lost you in VietNam in 1970... Until we are united again... God bless and keep you.

Marines John J Schultz
By Timothy C Hubbel, Oakdale, CA USA
Member of recruit platoon 245, San Diego Recruit Depot summer of 65. Assigned MOS 0311. Killed in Action in Viet Nam 5/12/66.
Never to be forgotten
Tim Hubbel

Army Robert C. Sheets (Dick)
By Linda, Bay Minette, AL USA
Daddy, you are missed very much. I keep your medals (two purple hearts) close to my heart. My daddy raised the flag at the American Legion in Atlantic Beach, Fl., for many many years. If anyone knew my dad, please e-mail me. Linda

Army S/SGT Wendell W. Sheffield Sr.
By W. Warren Sheffield 3rd, Justin, TX USA
S/sgt Wendell W. Sheffield is my Grandfather.He was a Central fire controll gunner onboard B-29s.He was based in the CBI as well as Tinian.He served his country,came home and raised his four boys with his wife.He lost his last battle to cancer 29 April 1993.We love him and miss him. God bless the Sheffield family and the United States of America

National Guard TSGT Andy Shenton
By TSGT Kevin Ashbeck, Fair Haven, MI USA
Andy was a Jet Engine Mechanic for the 127 TAC FTR Wing MI ANG. He was killed in an explosion in Giola del Cole ITL. in the fall of 1981 while serving on annual tour. We miss you Andy. We will never forget you or the good times we shared. But you are still with us in spirit. "TRUST ME"

Navy Donald F. Smith
By Rebecca Larsem, Beatrice, NE USA
To my loving grandpa who served his country and his family with pride! He went to heaven on Feb. 19th, 1999. We all miss him very much! He fought in WWII- South Pacific ocean. USS Tennessee. I Love You Grandpa Smith!!!

Navy Johnne Smith
By Raymond Mierzwa (Doc Rainman), Whitesboro, NY USA
HM3 Smith known as Ditty Bopping Smitty from De-troit City. Served with the Marines in 1966 RVN. Killed in action. Drowned in a rice patty. We were in Corps School together and he was one of the happiest indivivuals I ever had the privledge to know. His classmates will never forget.

National Guard Robert T. Smith
By Co D (Ranger) 151st Infantry, IN USA
Robert T. Smith belonged to the only Infantry National Guard Unit mobilized for Vietnam - Company D (Ranger) 151st Infantry. He was killed in action while directing fire and exfiltration on 12 April 1969 in the providence of Bien Hoa. He saved the lives of many of his men, as he also laid down suppressive fire so they could get better cover. He left behind a wife and infant daughter. We miss you Bob!

POW/MIA Russell S "Bud" Smith
By Russell D Clemmer, Smithfield, PA USA
1920 - 1993 He was my cousin and went away a young man. He was captured in N Africa and became a POW. He was never a young man again and had a few failings, which under the circumstances are or should be understood.

Army Charles F. Speith Sr.
By Charles Speith Jr., Fort Wayne, IN USA
Charles F. Speith Sr. died of the young age of 58 due to Lung Cancer Monday at Indiana University Hospital Medical Center in Indianapolis at 7:15 PM. Surviving are his wife Carol, a son, Charles Jr. of Ft.Wayne; five daughters, Liane Lepper, Rose Lloyd, Tammy Stienacker, Marti Speith, and Amy Speith. Charles had served the last years of his life in helping others through his work. He aided at St. Andrews soup kitchen and assisted in distributing food and other vital essentials to the needy. His family will sorely miss him .... espcialy his only son who had written this dedication in his loving memory. I love you dad, untill we meet again.

Army Homer Albert Spickler
By Ann Fares, Clinton, MO USA
In honor of my dearest father who served in WW1. Not only did he serve his country with pride, but also his family. We miss his warmth and love that he shared with us.

Navy James Brown Stacy
By Tim Stacy, Detroit, MI USA
Im memory of my father: James Brown Stacy, US Navy.
My best friend and father born 12/19/29 in Louisville, KY and passed away 1/1/98 in Taylor, MI. Dad served with honor aboard the carrier USS Coral Sea CVA43 as a plank-owner in 1947-1951 and was a proud member of the USS Coral Sea Veterans Association. Dad was truely a wonderful man and we miss him terribly. God has gained one more angel to serve him and protect us that remain. I love you dad.

POW/MIA LCpl Bruce Wayne Staehli
By Sgt Ronald (Bud) Albright, Whiteland, IN USA
LCpl Staheli USMC was reported missing in action while on a mission dubbed Scotland 11 on 3l April 1968. He was born at Crown Point Indiana on 24 Sept 1948. If anyone knew LCpl Staheli please email me at any and all information is appreciated. I will not give up the fight to return LCpl Staheli and all of the other POW/MIA servicemen and women to their homes. Thank you LCpl Staheli for your service to America.

Army Ronald L. Stagner, MSG, (Ret)
By Thomas Lucken, Florissant, MO USA
Ronald was a soldier's soldier. He spent 26 years in the service,with 2 tours in Vietnam, and Desert Storm. Ron retired in 1991 after Desert Storm. He continued to work for the Army as Weapon's Simulator Instructor, up till the day he passed away. Ron's love and passion to work and be with the soldiers, and to be an old soldier, never changed from the day he joined the military till the day he died.

Army Sp 4 Richard Craig Stevens
By Ame Dittmann, Goshen, IN USA
Dear World ... my name is Craig. I am nineteen years old, and they are sending me to Vietnam.

Dear World ... I am scared. I won't try to be a hero, but I'll be as brave as I can.

Dear World ... I miss my family. I hope they don't worry about me, but I hope they are proud.

Dear World ... the fighting is getting worse and I am so tired. We've been humping for days looking for the little man. Trick is to find him before he finds us.

Dear World ... I lost a good friend today...that makes three this week alone. I've learned not to cry. Don't worry about me though, I pretty well know the ropes, so I'll be okay. I turned twenty today.

Dear World ... I still get scared. I'm getting short but the fighting continues. Just gotta hang on a little longer.

Dear World ... I won't be coming home ... Please Remember... Remember my family ... my mom and dad, and ten brothers and sisters. They meant the world to me and I left them to fight for you~comfort them for me.

Remember that I did not wish to fight ... but my country called and I willingly answered.

Remember that I never wanted to kill ... but I did what any child does...and yes, I was just a boy still ... I did as I was told, and I did it with as much honor and bravery as I could.

And I was scared the first time I saw war.

And I cried the first time I saw death.

And I held my brothers while they died...

up until the day they held me...

...for you.

If you want to honor me...Remember.

Dedicated to "Baby Beef" ... Craig Stevens ... member of the infamous Suicide Charlie Platoon, 4-9 Inf., 25th Inf. Division, 4/26/68 ~ 11/23/68 ... KIA Tay Ninh Province near Dau Tieng, South Vietnam. We'll always remember you Craigie...

Navy Robert E. Stone Sr.
By Robert E. Stone Jr., Roswell, GA, USA
My Dad was a true patriot.. He joined the Army in WWII at age 16.. They caught him and sent him home.. On his 17th birthday he joined the Navy for the duration.. After the war he went to college and during Korea he joined the Air Force as an officer.. We lost him on March 15, 1995 from surgical complications.. I grieve every day, but I look at his flag and his veteran ball cap and am comforted that if you had known him you would have loved him too..

Navy Tom Stradley
By Philip Doss, Avinger, TX USA
Tom`s proudest day was when he was selected to attend P.B.R. School. The last time I saw him was about March of 69. I fianlly located his brother this year. Tom died last August in a pool accident. Brother be patient I will be there when the tide is right.

Air Force Colonel Harvey R. Striegler
By Tom Striegler, Fredericksburg, TX USA
Colonel Harvey R. Striegler was my father. Dad was called to active duty in early 1941 and served throughout WWII, ultimately as Executive Officer of a B-29 Group operating out of Guam. Again in 1951, Dad was recalled to active duty and sent to Korea as Airbase Group Commander at Kimpo AFB. In 1995, Dad passed away in his sleep at the age of 88. He is buried beside my mother in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Marines Terence R. Tangen
By Timothy C Hubbel, Oakdale, CA USA
Member of Recruit training platoon 245 San Diego Marine recruit Depot. Assigned MOS 0331. Died in action 6/10/66 PVT.
Gone but never forgotten
Semper Fi Buddy
Tim Hubbel

Army Alonzo H. Taylor k.i.a. Viet Nam, 1970
By Marvin Heflin, Murray, UT USA
I don't know where your family is or what's become of our friends,it's been a long time, and I've moved away and lost touch. Does'nt really matter. Wherever I go you'll be with me.

Army Joseph C. Thompson
By Eric and Elisabeth McConnell, Stroudsburg, PA USA
Loving father of 2 girls, 1 granddaughter and 1 grandson,our father was in the army 101 airborn during the Vietnam war. Dad passed away April 19,1997.

Marines Karl Thompson USMC 7thEngr '66
By Sgt Michael Leap USMC, Blue Springs, MO USA
Karl loved his Dad and he loved his new country. He shoulda come back with us.

Army Sp-5 Charles E. Thornton KIA 6/19/70
By William "Bill" Kimbrell, Walhalla, SC USA
In Honor of All My Fallen Brothers. Thank you for your ultimate "Jungle Cut."

Brothers Forever,

Marine LCpl Terry Christopher Toney
By Family and Friends
LCpl Terry Christopher Toney was a United States Marine stationed at Camp Lejune NC... On 01 June 1999, LCpl Toney, was killed in an automobile accident. His life and career cut short at the age of 19. He left behind a fiancee, devoted mother and loving sister. A host of other riends and family... Last, but certainly not least, he left his fellow Marines... Since birth he dreamed of becoming a Marine. LCpl Toney realized his dream just 18 months before his death... Rest in peace and we know that you are in heaven now. Semper Fi
Family and Friends

Marines Micheal R. Travis - Sgt.
By Timothy C Hubbel, Oakdale, CA USA
Member of platoon 245 San Diego recruit Depot. Assigned MOS 0311. Killed in Action 3-2-68 from an explosive devise.
Never to be forgotten.
Semper Fi
Tim Hubbel

Marines Preston Turner
By Frederick Kellerhouse, Rochester, NY USA
Always Ready, Always Remembered

Navy Frederick George Tyler, LTJG
By Carol T. Kirk, Woodlawn, TN USA

POW/MIAWe never had a chance to meet, you were gone before I was born. They tell me that you loved to fly more than anything in the world. I am sorry that it was only war that gave you your greatest dream. I wonder each day what my life would have been like had you been here to share it with me. I think of you often when I cruise among the sunlit clouds. I love you so much.

MIA 11/5/44, Manila

Marines Robert T. Vergano
By Timothy C Hubbel, Oakdale, CA USA
Robert Vergano was recruited as one of "KINGS MEN"from Turlock Calif. "Kings Men" were 22 recruits enlisted in early 65 to celebrate the 22 yrs of service of our recruiter who was retiring. We went to MCRD San Diego for boot traing as part of recruit Plt 245. Robert was 0341 and was KIA 6/27/66. May he rest in peace.
He will never be forgotten.
Tim Hubbel

Army John Kim Vogelsang PFC, US Army, 1st Cav Division
By Kim Vogelsang, Astoria, NY USA
My father served with the 1st Cav Division in Vietnam for a very short time before his death, at Tay Ninh, on 6/6/69. I never got the chance to know him, but that does not lessen my love for him, or my respect for his life. You can find out more about my father by visiting the Virtual Wall at or my home page at I love you, Daddy

Army Marvin Leroy Wagner
By Stacey Wagner Fahey, Auburn, CA USA
Marvin was my father. He died when I was 6 months old. He was killed in July of 1970 while flying his helicopter. I never met my father and yet he holds a very, very special place in my heart. My love goes out to all veterans and their families. Thank you for everything that you have done.

Marines George Walbridge
By Ed Evans (MGySgt., USMC-Ret.), Nashville, TN USA
George Walbridge died in the crash of a Marine C-130 in Feb68, as they came in for a landing at Khe Sanh Combat Base. NVA .50 calibers ripped them up and the plane, filled with two bladders of AV-Gas, burst into flame. George didn't make it out. George was my buddy and my brother-in-arms. He introduced my wife and I 35 years ago. It was the day after his death that I arrived at Khe Sanh during the Tet Siege. George, I've never been able to locate your family or your wife. But when I came back from 'Nam I was kind of messed up, too. Especially after the second tour. So it took a while to climb out of the hole I was in. By that time the trail was cold, buddy. But I'll never forget you. Miss you, buddy. Semper Fidelis.

Navy James Wall
By Don Potter, Oxnard, CA USA
James.... To your memory Buddy. James was a good friend of mine who served in Vietnam with me as a door gunner in the Navy's only helicopter squadron stationed in country. Hal-3 He was injured and had the opportunity to return home, but decided to return after. recouperating. He was shot again a few months later in 1970 and this time he never did live to return to his earthly home. I believe we will meet again. When my God decides it is time for me to go and join him in our heavenly home. Until then he is still missed.

Army James Herman Ward
By Randy James Ward, Des Moines, IA USA
You are gone but not forgotton grandad. I will always love you.

POW/MIA John Allen Ware
By Nikki, USA
John Allen Ware, E4/US Army Unit: 281st aviation company, 17th aviation Group, 1st aviation brigade, was a brave man who gave his all for his country. And his country didn't have the decency to give him back, even a little, of what he and many other brave men and women deserved. He has been missing since 04, November, 1969 in South Viet Nam. It's time we did all we can to bring them home. It's time this government shows us the respect it so casually asks from us.

Thank you John and all of you other men and women you have done so much for us to ensure our freedom.

Please visit my tribute page to
John Allen Ware too. Just click on his name.

Marines Thomas V. Warner
By Victoria Lane, Richlands, NC USA
Thomas, It has been 4 years since you left us and I still think about you. You were a true friend, one that was always there. You are truly missed everyday. You made us laugh and you made us cry and we LOVED you !! I miss you Tom. Love, Vikki

Army PFC Barry K. Weaver KIA 6/19/70
By William "Bill" Kimbrell, Walhalla, SC USA
In Honor of All My Fallen Brothers. Thank you for your ultimate "Jungle Cut."

Brothers Forever,

Navy Philip H. Weber, EN2(SS)
By Jim Den Bleyker, Tallahassee, FL USA
The Wizard died in March 1995 after a long running battle with cancer. Phil served on the Submarines: USS Irex and USS Thomas Jefferson from 1968-1972. As an Auxiliaryman he truly was a Wizard-there was nothing on that ship he couldn't fix. Due to his actions, the USS Thomas Jefferson, SSBN 618 was spared a possibly catastrophic explosion of an oxygen generator. He left behind his wonderful wife "LO" and two sons. He was a real Submariner and our friend! Ron, Dave, Bam Bam & Jim

Army William C. Weiss, Jr.
By Cindy Skinner, Palmyra, PA USA
My brother Bill was killed in action on May 6, 1970. I was 13 years old. Bill was initially a member of the 82nd Airborne division and was also involved in the 101st Airborne. He was a door gunner in December of 1969 and an Intelligence Analyst around the same time. He served as an MP. He received many awards for things done while in the service. I have been desperatly trying to find any additional information about him that I can. Before Bill returned for his final tour in Vietnam, h4e held me like he was never going to see me again. I lost a lot of wonderful years with my brother and I sure would like to know more about him.

Marine Cpl. Roy L. West #659586, USMC
By Bernie Sorrels, USA
KIA Korea, Feb.2,1951 with 1st Marine Division. Our future plans would have worked.

Air Force Asa C. White Jr.
By Brenda L. Livingston, Bailey, MS USA
In loving memory of Husband, father, and Grandfather, served Army Air Corp. Served in Calcatta India during WWII passed away Dec.3 1998, a loving husband of 59 yrs. to Annie Pearl Jackson White, Father to Rebecca Ann Killen, and Brenda Lynn Livingston and Husband Gary, Grandfather to seven, Buddy Killen and wife Sissy, Robin Killen, Sheila Watson, Dana Rea, Josh Livingston and wife Tammy and Butch Harbour Deceased. Great Grandfater to six Cody Killen, Mondell Watson, Hannah Watson, Colt Killen and C.J. Rea. We Love you and you will always be alive in our Hearts.

Served in China, Inda, Burma 599th Engineer Squadron 383rd Service group. Any of my Father's Airforce Buddies please feel free to e mail me at

Marines William Wilk
By Raymond Mierzwa (Doc Rainman), Whitesboro, NY USA
He was a second LT who was killed in action in 1997. His family still remembers.

Army Kenneth Williams
By Loren George Brown, Jr., Los Angeles, CA USA
Ken you were my first true friend, You lost your your life in Viet Nam. But you will always be remembered. For the generous person you were, are and always will be. Your friend and Neighbor from "Canaryville".


POW/MIA Edward Arlo Willing
By Ralph Dettwiler, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rank/Branch: E3/US Marine Corps
Unit: Company D, 2nd Battalion, 13th Marines
Date of Birth: 28 August 1949
Home City of Record: Wilmington DE
Date of Loss: 21 July 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155700N 1081300E (BT075659)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: ground

Air Force Joe C. Winters
By Gary Winters, Lake Texoma, TX USA
Joe Clenton Winters
MSGT(Retired) USAF
3-21-1926 to 12/14/1997
Veteran of the US Army, US Navy and the US Air Force.. Served 23 years 9 months and 9 days n the armed forces of our great country Joined the US Army just prior to his 16th birthday only to be Honorably discharged for being Patriotic at too young an age. Turned around and joined the US Navy and at the age of 17 went to war in the Pacific Theater. Was assigned as a chief of an LCVP carrying the brave Soldiers and Marines to the beaches of Saipan, Guam, Tinian and Okinawa of which two were lost on the trek to the beaches. Recieved Two Purple Hearts for wounds he recieved. Was awarded the Silver Star for his deeds of valor on the beach after the loss of his 2nd LCVP. Retired form US Air Force in 1970. Passed away 12-14-97..

We miss you dad.

Air Force Lt.Col. Evan Wolfe
By Richard Maldonado Junior, Georgetown, TX USA
"The great mind, warrior, father, grandfather, and spirit uplifter. Go with God..."

Navy Herman E.Wolfe SFP2
By Herbert W.Wolfe, Simi Valley, CA USA
My, brother Herman Edward Wolfe was born in Piqua, Ohio on August 18,1939. He entered the United States Navy in 1955, he served aboard the carrier USS Randolph in the late 50's and MSO's in the early 60's. He was killed on June 17,1967. He loved his Navy much as I and my other brother loved it. I dedicate the following poem to the loving memory of my brother. I will always love you dearest brother.


Some time at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my mooring and sail away,
With no response to the friendly hail
Of kindred craft in the busy bay.
In the silent hush of the twilight pale,
When the night stoops down to embrace the day,
And the voices call in the waters' flow---
Some time at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my mooring and sail away.
Through purpling shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the Unknown Sea,
I shall fare me away with a dip of sail
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To the Mystic Ilses where at anchor lay
The crafts of those who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unseen Shore.

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barks that were anchored near,
Some loving souls that my heart held dear,
In silent sorrow will drop a tear---

But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In moorings sheltered from strom or gale,
And greeted the friends who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unknown Shore.

Marine Arthur Lawrence Wooley Jr.
By Lloyd Wooley, Longview, WA USA
As a retired truck driver, up and down the west coast highways, I have to believe he is now "Pedal to the Metal" across the interstates of our skies. He was a proud veteran of the USMC. He served at Iwo Jima , and was on the way to Saipan, when the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. I always looked up to him. You will be missed by many and we love you Larry, "King Arthur" You can rest in peace now with your LORD. March 18, 1922 --- July 15, 1999

Army William Wuestefeld, Sr
By Nancy Jean Wuestefeld-Pollio, Jersey City, NL USA
William Wuestefeld, Sr.
Passed Away from this Earth on Sunday January 3, 1999. His wife left him on December 2, 1998. A month passed when MOM died and God called you to his side to be with her. Dad was a very proud veteran of World War II. A tech seargent during the War and also in the Pacific and Guadalcanal. I loved you so but finally let you go, to be in the arms of God and Mom. I miss you so much and until we meet again! Your loving daughter, Nancy Jean.

Army Albert T.J. Young
By Diana M. Lozano, Corona, CA USA
Master Sergant, United States Army, and member of the Coast Guard. -- Born 2/9/1919 passed away 2/16/1978. I was only 11 years old when you left this earth and I can still remember the loss I felt as if it was yesterday. I was a daddy's girl and I loved every minute of it. I'm sorry you could not walk me down the isle when I got married, or been there to hold my daughter Christina when she was born, but I know you were there in spirit and I will always keep my daddy in my heart. I love you dad and thank you for always watching over me. I miss you! - Your daughter Diana

Marines Lonnie Ray Young
By M/Sgt T. R. Leonard USMC Ret., Allen, TX USA
They say the "Good Die Young". Well not only did Lonnie have that last name but he gave his life in Viet-Nam at a very early stage of his life. Most people who have fought in combat don't want to know those around them but during boot-camp Lonnie was the type of person that you just couldn't help but like and remember. I can remember after his death that I felt a void in my life because he was my BEST friend. I usually stayed to myself but I let my feelings take over to become a friend and comrade. The one good thing I can think about is the fact that HE is with the LORD now and awaits "OUR" arrival. One day all "MARINES" will have to report to Saint Peter because we have all done our time in hell. Rest peacefully old faithful servent.Semper Fi!/Tom

Army Charles Zalac
By Michael Gorny, Pittsburgh, PA USA
Charlie was killed in action during a campaign in Europe in March of 1944

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