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RONALD LEE ELZA


is honored on Panel 21E, Line 93 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/25/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Ron is buried at Clarendon Hills on Cass St in Westmont, IL
  • A Musketeer

    Posted on 5/19/09 - by Bud Domagata budltc@gmail.com
    Ron,
    You were a pal and one of the best of the hooligans at Downers Grove HS.
    Miss ya buddy,
  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 4/26/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "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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  • Ron Elza

    Posted on 5/26/04 - by Corky, Dracula 29
    I remember the day when we started out on the patrol. The seven of us. I remember the single shot that took your life and the pain as we carried you back to the NDP. At times I wondered why it was you and not one of us. You did not die in vain and you have always been in my heart. Thanks for your service. I will see you again one day. Thanks for paving the way.
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  • VALOR. American men & women have died in wars ... WE REMEMBER!

    Posted on 4/2/03 - by Jim Stepanek
    DuPage County, Illinois "Wall of Fallen Heroes"
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The Wall of Faces

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