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is honored on Panel 9W, Line 130 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I remember

    Posted on 6/11/18 - by Nancy Hayes
    I remember and honor you each Veteran's Day, when I place a flag in the flower run at your grave site.
  • Gone but never forgotten

    Posted on 5/28/18 - by Samuel Rush
    Although we never met you... we talk about you often! You laid your life on the line for our freedom and we are forever grateful! Jack was my uncle I never met but I feel like I know so much about him from my dad and the memories he shared with me! The Rush Family: Samuel, Staci, Griffin, & Ella
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 3/21/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant Howard Lee Elder, Served with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/8/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Howard Lee Elder, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • My closest friend

    Posted on 5/11/14 - by Bart Van Valkenburgh
    We called you Elder. You were always into everything; The M79 grenade launcher, the Radio and radio lingo, wrapping your legs with bootlaces, never bitching about anything. You were so proud of being from Texas, everyone knew you were from Texarkana and your girlfriend was Marjean. Your smile and can do sprit made being in the jungle tolerable and a lot of times fun.
    I saw you do heroic stuff especially in that bad period when we were in Cambodia. At our reunions your name always comes up and the stories always funny, I think of you many times every month and was able to talk to your Mom and Dad back in the 90's and long phone calls with your nephew about who you were. I was with you when you died and that morning will never go away. your family called you Howard, you wanted us to call you Lee and the important thing is everybody knows your name!
    Love you like my Brother
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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