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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 100 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 6/13/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Captain Walter Draeger,
    Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) You are still MIA. Please come home.
    We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Continuing to remember about Capt Draeger

    Posted on 6/13/18 - by peggy Lightfoot
    I think of you every time I read about someone that has come home. I keep asking about you but so far nothing. I see your name on your parents headstone, as they are resting near my grandparents and Uncle. I always visit and leave flowers and a flag. I will keep hoping that someday you too will come home to Wisconsin so you can Rest in Peace at St.Paul's too.
  • Final Mission of CAPTWalter F. Draeger Jr.

    Posted on 6/13/16 - by
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Walter Frank Draeger, Jr., United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an A-1 Skyraider in action on 4 April 1965, over North Vietnam. On that date, Captain Draeger volunteered to fly as a Fighter-Advisor with the Vietnamese Air Force into an area of known heavily concentrated anti-aircraft artillery. He participated in a highly successful bombing mission of a vital Viet Cong target, contributing materially to its destruction. On the return flight from the primary target, Captain Draeger's flight leader was shot down by hostile ground fire. Captain Draeger immediately called or search and rescue assistance. Although completely alone and within range of the hostile ground fire, he orbited the area of his downed flight leader until the unarmed search and rescue aircraft arrived in the vicinity. Upon arrival in the area, over which Captain Draeger was flying protective cover, the unarmed rescue aircraft requested fire suppression assistance. Captain Draeger commenced a firing pass to allow the rescue aircraft to safely enter the area. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he made the strafing run into the hostile fire. Ignoring the air bursts from shore batteries, Captain Draeger pressed his attack and, in so doing, sacrificed his own life. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Draeger reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. [Taken from CAPT Draeger’s Air Force Cross narrative]
  • Wisconsin remembers a Hero

    Posted on 9/22/15 - by
    To Captain Walter Draeger,
    Some one in Wisconsin remembers you. Thanks to my Dad, Harvey Goglin and his stories of you when you were boys in Sunday school and through your sister Beverly. I will always remember you even though I only know you through my dad. I will remember your picture and that you are from Deerfield/Cottage Grove WI.

    Thank you for your service Captain Draeger. May God Bless you

    Peggy Goglin Lightfoot
  • Wisconsin 37 POW/MIA Tribute

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Jeff Doc Dentice
    Walter Draeger Jr. is remembered on Docs Wisconsin 37 Tribute page, along with all the WI. Vietnam War POW/MIA.
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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.

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