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is honored on Panel 3E, Line 75 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • James R. Dragoti

    Posted on 5/5/14 - by Juanita Paladion
    My brother James was a true American hero and he lives on thru my love and the memories we both shared before he made the supreme sacrifice of giving his life for his country.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/27/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC James Robert Dragoti, 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
  • Will Never Be Forgotten

    Posted on 5/29/11 - by Nick Skalisky
    Today on May 29th, 2011, was a Memorial Day service on PBS, to commemorate U.S. Service Members who have died in the military service. When the camera panned over part of the Vietnam memorial wall, I saw James R. Dragoti and searched it on my iPod to see what I would find.

    For some reason this man's name and face stuck. He died at such a young age, barely older than I am now. As I enter adult life and very likely the military soon, I know there are many ways to still mess up, but James R Dragoti stands out against all of that. He represents sacrifice, bravery and service.

    Although I never knew him, he will always stand out to me and I will strive to also be a man of strong character. My deepest regards go out to his friends and family. PFC Dragoti, I pray that I can be as strong and as good as of a man as you.

    This man was a hero. Surely, he will not be forgotten.
  • An American hero

    Posted on 1/7/11 - by Arnold Huskins
    Photo courtesy of his sister, Juanita Dragoti Paladino, who will always cherish his memory and never recover from his loss.
  • Name on U.S. coin

    Posted on 6/6/07
    James name is one of those engraved on the 1994 Dollar Commerative coin.
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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