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is honored on Panel 10E, Line 34 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 3/9/18 - by
    SP4 Anthony J. Abruzese was an artilleryman serving with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery, 23rd Artillery Group, in Hau Nghia Province, RVN. On August 24, 1966, SP4 Abruzese and several other soldiers were sitting around in a squad tent when he pulled out a grenade. He reportedly referred to it as a training grenade even though it was painted OD (olive drab green). Abruzese pulled the pin and tossed it on the ground as all the surrounding troops dove for cover. Still thinking it was a dummy grenade, he bent over to pick it up when it detonated. Abruzese died after suffering multiple metal fragmentation wounds of the head and chest. No one else was hurt. [Taken from and information provided by Bernd D. Pasler (March 2018)]
  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/4/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Spec 4 Abruzese,

    Today is the birthday of America. II feel it is important to remember those who paid the ultimate price for this nation.

    There would be no celebration without our military. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/24/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Anthony Joseph Abruzese, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/16/13 - by Robert Sage

    Anthony (Spiffy) is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.


    Posted on 7/26/06 - by Bill Nelson


    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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The Wall of Faces

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