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is honored on Panel 16W, Line 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • In Honor

    Posted on 11/6/17 - by John Braun
    James, You are remembered and honored. D/1/4 1st Inf Div, OH-6A 68-17269.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/6/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Spec 5 Downing for your leadership and exemplary courage under fire.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 James Leslie Downing, 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
  • Photograph

    Posted on 12/17/10 - by Genevieve Shanh
  • We remember

    Posted on 11/8/10 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Green City,MO. SS DFC SM AM-21OLC ARCOM-OLC PH
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit