My Loving Cousin JoePosted on 5/28/16I will always remember your kindness towards us Grijalva girls (Chechie, Rennie & Lolie). You were named after my dad, you Uncle Joe (Joseph Grijalva). You both are in heaven protecting the families as you always have! I will always remember the family house parties, you and I winning the twist dance contest when I was around 5 yrs old. Thank you for your service, you are neverMORE
uncle Jo,Posted on 11/11/15Uncle Jo I ALWAYS LET MY KIDS KNOW THAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BAPTIZE ME WHEN YOU CAME HOME IN 1971,I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU,YOU ARE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF I PRAY THAT YOU AND MY DAD RAYMOND,RAYMOND,UNCLE JOHNNY YOUR BROTHERS,SISTER,YOUR MOM (GRANDMA NELLIE,GRANDPA SEVERO,ARE ALL TOGETHER,WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL.THank you uncle Jo for being our Hero,LOVE Ramona ESPARZA.MORE
uncle joePosted on 11/10/15Uncle Joe slicko I have too much to say but I can't all I know is that you left at a time in my life did you were such a big impression on me and he still Art of this day I named my oldest boy after you I know you're looking down at me and you're with dad someday we will be together again until that time comes you always be in my heart I love you slickMORE
Uncle JoePosted on 11/9/15 - by Fish_90260@yahoo.comMiss you and love you, forever in our hearts.!!
Uncle Joe EsparzaPosted on 11/8/15 - by Adela LiraI was married to your nephew Rocky when you were called home, what a sad day that was for your family, I have never forgotten you. Rest in Peace JorMORE
Dear FatherPosted on 12/4/13 - by Joseph B.EsparzaDear 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 EsparzaMORE
I am Proud to Have Known You JoePosted on 5/28/13 - by Teri Jones Bridgman email@example.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.
Remembering an American HeroPosted on 5/28/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Remembering You on Memorial DayPosted on 5/25/13 - by Teri email@example.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.
Dear JoePosted on 5/11/13 - by Teri Jones Bridgman firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
KEEP SMILING UNCLE JOEPosted 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.
Rest in PeacePosted on 4/26/12 - by David Olsen email@example.com MORE
UNCLE JOE,YOUR BROTHER IS HOME.Posted on 11/6/10 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDUON 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 6:27MORE
Thank you for your servicePosted on 4/15/09 - by Natalie E VVMF@VVMF.ORGDear SPA Joseph EsparzaMORE
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.
HE'LL BE BACKPosted on 12/4/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDUUNCLE JOE THIS SONG IS FOR YOU AND YOUR COMPANY, THE ONES WHO NEVER MADE IT BACK TO THERE FAMILY.MORE
MY UNCLE JOEPosted on 11/14/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNET.UCLA.EDUI 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. AMENMORE
HAPPY BIRHTDAY UNCLE JOEPosted on 11/13/07 - by JOSEPH GOMEZ JOGOMEZ@MEDNETNOVEMBER 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 GOMEZMORE
MY UNCLE JOEPosted on 11/12/07 - by SLAMSAM21@HOTMAIL.COMI 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 HEARTSMORE
Operation Embrace/Looking for RelativesPosted on 12/8/06 - by Joe Willey firstname.lastname@example.orgJospeh 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: email@example.com or through our website: http://www.11thcavnam.comMORE
Viet Nam HeroPosted on 9/25/06 - by James Herrera firstname.lastname@example.orgSgt 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..............MORE
NEVER FORGOTTENPosted on 4/19/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER 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
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 5/28/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
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
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 11/17/04 - by Chris Spencer firstname.lastname@example.orgIt 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 dieMORE
We RememberPosted on 7/31/04 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoseph is buried at Los Angles Nat Cem.
Thank YOUPosted on 5/28/04 - by A grateful American firstname.lastname@example.orgRemembering 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.