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STEPHEN CHAVIRA

  • Wall Name:STEPHEN CHAVIRA
  • Date of Birth:3/10/1943
  • Date of Casualty:5/28/1971
  • Home of Record:WASCO
  • County of Record:KERN COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP5
  • Panel/Row: 3W, 57
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

DONALD ROBERT MATHIS

  • Wall Name:DONALD R MATHIS
  • Date of Birth:2/15/1950
  • Date of Casualty:5/28/1971
  • Home of Record:HARRIMAN
  • County of Record:ROANE COUNTY
  • State:TN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row: 3W, 57
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

JOSEPH DAVID ESPARZA


is honored on Panel 3W, Row 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Dear Father

    Posted on 12/4/13 - by Joseph B.Esparza
    Dear Father, I am so sad that I never had the chance to know as a Father and son. I have a good life , three sons Kyle ,Joseph and Max . A hot wife who loves me and who I love ,she is also a good mom .I have a grandauhter named Isabella who is my heart. My boys all played baseball.I am a singer ,writer musician , actor and comeadian .Somtimes not in that order .I think you would be proude of me, I believe all the things I have I share and live for you. Max talks and askes the most questions about you. I wish I had more to tell .Thank you for your love and please keep protecting and watching over us . I miss you your son Joseph Benjamin Esparza
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  • I am Proud to Have Known You Joe

    Posted on 5/28/13 - by Teri Jones Bridgman teribridgman@icloud.com

    Fourty two years ago today you transitioned from this world to the next Joe. You were just starting to step into early adulthood, as I was too. We both had the the great thrill of becoming parents to much hoped for children. I am so happy you were able to have your greatest wish fulfilled when your son was born. I remember it was the one thing you always talked about wanting more than anything in the world. I thank God you lived to see your son! I miss you my dear friend. God bless and keep you.

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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 5/28/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear SP4 Joseph David Esparza, 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


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  • Remembering You on Memorial Day

    Posted on 5/25/13 - by Teri teribridgman@icloud.com

    Remembering you on Memorial Day week end Joe. So many years have gone by since I have been able to see your smiling face. I know you are smiling down on a lot of us from heaven, and that gives us comfort and hope. You always were too good for this world, so you must be the ambassador to heaven for all your family and friends who have made their way there and back to you. I hope to meet you there one of these days myself. You are my hero, but then, you always were. Now you are America's Hero and belong to all grateful Americans. May God's highest blessings be bestowed on you, brave hearted hero.

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  • Dear Joe

    Posted on 5/11/13 - by Teri Jones Bridgman teribridgman@icloud.com

    I want to pay tribute to you, my friend from school days in Santa Monica. All of your friends from those days were SO saddened to hear of your passing. I pray that your loved ones, family and friends have been able to gather their strength and find a way to lives that would make you proud and happy. With all the memorials I have found online I know you live on in their hearts as you do in mine. You are an American Hero, Dear Joe.

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  • KEEP SMILING UNCLE JOE

    Posted on 5/11/13 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDU

    DAVID OLSEN, GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND PUTTING THE PICTURE ON THE WALL WEBSITE. I KNOW UNCLE JOE IS SMILING AND PRAISE JESUS FOR YOU DEDICATION. THIS MEMORIAL HOLIDAY WILL BE 42 YEARS JOE ESPARZA WENT HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD. TO THIS DAY HE IS REMEMBER BY SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS. THANK YOU UNCLE JOE AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED AND FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR YOU AND THIS MEMORIAL HOLIDAY. THANK YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.


    GOD BLESS.

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  • Rest in Peace

    Posted on 4/26/12 - by David Olsen doolsen@msn.com
    Rest in peace fellow cavalry trooper you are not forgotten. Photo courtesy nephew Joseph Gomez
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  • UNCLE JOE,YOUR BROTHER IS HOME.

    Posted on 11/6/10 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDU
    ON 11-4-10, NUNI, WENT HOME TO THE LORD, WE WILL LAY HIM TO REST ON 11-12-10. YOUR BIRTHDAY IS 11-14-10. TO SEE YOUR BROTHER AGAIN IS THE BEST GIFT THE LORD COULD GIVE YOU ON YOUR BITHDAY. WE LOVE BOTH OF YOU AND MISS YOU. I PRAY TO GOD ALL MIGHTY, HE WOULD BRING YOU TWO TOGETHER AGAIN. HAPPY BIRHTDAY UNCLE JOE. JOHN 6:27
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  • Thank you for your service

    Posted on 4/15/09 - by Natalie E VVMF@VVMF.ORG
    Dear SPA Joseph Esparza

    Hello Joseph Esparza. I'm a student here at Felton Elementary School . I will like to thank you for your service.I know your in a better place and your a hero. And again thank you.RIP.
    Sincerely
    Natalie E
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  • HE'LL BE BACK

    Posted on 12/4/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDU
    UNCLE JOE THIS SONG IS FOR YOU AND YOUR COMPANY, THE ONES WHO NEVER MADE IT BACK TO THERE FAMILY.
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  • MY UNCLE JOE

    Posted on 11/14/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDU
    I WAS BORN IN 1971 WHEN THE LORD CALLED YOU HOME. WE NEVER MET BUT I ALWAYS HEARD ABOUT YOU.YOU WERE THE HONORABLE ONE WHO LEFT AND NEVER RETURNED.GRANDMA NELLY ALWAYS SAID I REMINDED HER OF YOU.TODAY IS NOVEMBER 12,2007 WE HONOR ALL THE FALLEN AND STANDING SOLDIERS FROM THE USA,THE LORD BE WITH YOU.UNTIL WE MEET I WILL PRAY FOR YOU. IN JESUS NAME. AMEN
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  • HAPPY BIRHTDAY UNCLE JOE

    Posted on 11/13/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET
    NOVEMBER 14,1946. 61 YEARS AGO TODAY GOD BLESSED US WITH YOUR ARRIVAL.HAPPY BIRHTDAY UNCLE JOE YOU ARE MISSED AND LOVED VERY MUCH.THE LORD BE WITH YOU, IN JESUS NAME AMEN. JOSEPH GOMEZ
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  • MY UNCLE JOE

    Posted on 11/12/07 - by SLAMSAM21@HOTMAIL.COM
    I WAS 7 YRS OLD WHEN MY UNCLE JOE DIED.MY FATHER IS JOE OLDER BROTHER,,,,SEVERO ART ESPARZA JR.HE IS 75.MY FAMILY STILL TALK ABOUT MY UNCLE JOE ALL THE TIME.WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIM,HE IS ALLWAYS IN ARE HEARTS
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  • Operation Embrace/Looking for Relatives

    Posted on 12/8/06 - by Joe Willey 11thacrkia@gmail.com
    Jospeh was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) at the time of his death. 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia are attempting to locate relatives of all of our Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Please contact us at: 11thacrkia@gmail.com or through our website: http://www.11thcavnam.com
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  • Viet Nam Hero

    Posted on 9/25/06 - by James Herrera vetjames@sbcglobal.net
    Sgt Joseph Esparza you are a hero. I am proud and honored to have known you and you did the right thing. Life has gone on and your son is a grown man. You are not forgotten and people from home still talk about you. Proud and Honored to have been your friend..............
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  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 4/19/06 - 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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  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 5/28/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

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  • NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

    Posted on 11/17/04 - by Chris Spencer cws71354@bellsouth.net
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/31/04 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Joseph is buried at Los Angles Nat Cem.
  • Thank YOU

    Posted on 5/28/04 - by A grateful American hondo711@yahoo.com
    Remembering YOU on this upcoming Memorial Day, 2004. Thank YOU for YOUR service & sacrifice to our great country.

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 www.buildthecenter.org.