The Backward GlancePosted on 5/27/13 - by
I think of you today and honor your service to our country this Memorial Day. Rest in Peace, my beloved cousin. J.Martinez
Remembering an American HeroPosted on 5/17/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.com
Dear PFC Felix Esparza Jr, 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
RemembrancePosted on 6/15/12 - by University of Texas, San Antonio MORE
He kept a calendarPosted on 5/28/12 - by Dr. J. Martinez Majuan26@comcast.netFelix was a close cousin and a real stand up guy. He was three years older and a role model for me. At my aunt's house, I opened the package of his personal belongings the army had sent. There was a card sized yearly calendar with a picture of Jesus on one side. He had marked off each passing day with an X. He had a short time left on his tour of duty and of course returning home. I kept that card for 42 years when I gave it to his brother Ralph. I would look at it every Memorial Day remember him and another cousin also killed in Nam and several friends who never came back. I take ' that backward glance' in their memory. So when we count the days of our lives, let us not forget those who made their lives count for us.MORE
Love for my brotherPosted on 5/17/12 - by Rafael Esparza Rafa966@yahoo.comI am Felix's Esparza brother and I would like to hear from any and all who served with him in Nam.. To the brothers in arms I thank you all for your service...MORE
To my brother Felix we miss you, we love you... We will be forever proud of you
Love. The Esparza family
Never ForgottenPosted on 4/17/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"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
We RememberPosted on 5/19/03 - by Robert SageFelix is buried at Ft Sam Houston National Cem, San Antonio,TX.
Who Shall We SendPosted on 5/17/03 - by Dave Avery"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
A RemembrancePosted on 5/22/02 - by Randy CesaniI remember you, the platoon and that day.MORE
It was very difficult for all of us.
I wish you could have made it. RIP
Final Combat ActionPosted on 12/5/01 - by Larry DacuntoIn the event anyone wants to know about the combat action in which he died, the following is offered.MORE
On 17 May, Company B, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, airlifted into a new Area of Operations by helicopter, then air assaulted further north. Then we patrolled north toward a goose egg slightly north of Hill 72, planning to set up a perimeter defense, and the next day do some cloverleafing. When we were approaching the northernmost limit of our 105 coverage and would soon be stopping for the night, we engaged VC Main Force soldiers. First platoon deployed on line engaging with rifles, M-60, and hand grenades, and second platoon maneuvered west to engage the enemy and develop the situation. Vegetation was very thick and it was not clear initially that the enemy were in trenches or bunkers. The enemy line was so wide, however, that both platoons became fully committed. To engage the enemy with indirect fire, the forward platoons were pulled back to establish a hasty perimeter, and artillery and tactical air strikes were called in. The VC disengaged and withdrew, leaving some bodies, but no weapons behind. We kept firing air and artillery on the area they had occupied and along their probable withdrawal routes. Since it was late afternoon we consolidated and reorganized, and did not search the enemy camp area until the next morning when we found 16 enemy bodies; we heard later that the Brigade Radio Research Unit made communication intercepts indicating that the enemy had some 30 or more killed. The VC use of automatic weapons, mortars and heavy MGs indicated at least a reinforced Main Force company if not a battalion.
We were honored to have served with him.
The Wall of Faces
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