High School BudsPosted on 2/20/14John's father was an Army Colonel stationed at the Pentagon and he graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. We were wrestling teammates and after graduation John stayed with us duing the summer as his father had been transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. Actually from Oklahoma, he is listed as being from Michigan because at the time of his death his father was the Commander of the active contingent at the Selfridge, MI base and John was burried at the base cemetery. At the time John was killed, I was also an Army Lieutenant serving elsewhere in Vietnam.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/29/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 1LT John Harland Farley, sirMORE
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
John FarleyPosted on 9/25/11 - by Lisa Lark email@example.comHusband to Constance FarleyMORE
Father of Michael A. Farley
Son of Col.. and Mrs. Jack H. Farley
Brother to Richard and Ann Farley
John was a Virginian. His father was an Army Colonel who moved from Arlington, VA to Houston, TX, when he was a senior at Washington-Lee high school (class of 1962), and was at Selfridge Air Base, MI at the time of John’s enlistment.
Information courtesy of VVA 154 and Ruth Babcock.
We RememberPosted on 1/19/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn is buried at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery.
A very unusual experience atPosted on 6/12/04 - by James S. Hulsey email@example.comI was a high school classmate of John's and only knew him through our school classes & activities in Arlington Va at Washington-Lee high school (class of 1962). We didn't have an off school relationship, and were not close friends. This was not out of any dislike, but just that we only had a few classes together. I learned of John's combat death in Vietnam during a phone call informing me of an upcoming high school reunion. I guess I had been classified as "lost" because I had moved to California and had never heard of any reunions. The caller, that finally found me, told me about John and I was surprised at how it disturbed me. It is hard to explain why it affected me so much, since we were not close, but it did.MORE
What occurred several years later, when I returned to Arlington for a visit, continues to affect me in a profound way. I went to see "The Wall" for the first time. I went by myself, and as I approached the memorial I could see long lines at what appeared to be directories for finding names on the Wall. I remember thinking that I didn't want to get in the way of those who were probably family, or close friends, and I was only going to look for John as something of proof that he had, indeed, died in the war. Foregoing a search for where John's name was inscribed, I began walking the long walkway.
The monument starts small in height, and builds as you walk past until it towers over you. I meandered along until the Wall was well over my head. I had not stopped to look for John, or anyone, when I suddenly felt compelled to look. I looked to the wall on my left and as my eyes focused on the first name to come to view, I read "John H Farley"! To say a chill ran through me is an understatement. Mere chance was astronomically against finding a name as I had just done. How could what just happened, happen? I'll never know, and can never explain, but I left with a great feeling of spirituality that I'd never had before.
It's been more than 17 years since this happened, and I think of John frequently. I'll never forget him. God bless you John, but I think he already has.
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.