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WILBURN DANIEL FELKINS


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/29/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Cpl Wilburn Felkins,
    Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Another national holiday is coming, and we honor you this Labor Day. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Bugs

    Posted on 5/27/16 - by Mike myke2@att.net
    Danny Felkins wanted, to be a Forest Ranger, when he got back, to the world. We had been friends, for two, years, joining our unit, Kilo, Company, 3rd, Battalion, 7th, Marines, the same day, as Jordan and Sgt., Carney. He had been, the driving force, of we, unholy three, the headache, for Carney, our platoon sergeant. Danny was a comic, of the first order. A didybopper, as the salts, called them. He fashioned, a dog leash and collar out, of wire one time, in 'Nam and ran around, as if he had a heat-crazed, pit bull in the circle of the collar, as he charged a group, of terrified, civilian, Vietnamese women. They stood around laughing, hands, to their mouths and pointing, at his insane antics, once, they figured out, what he was doing. a moment, I still smile about, because those women and the three, of us, were transported, because of his humor, out, of that insipid, stupid war. He approached me, that last patrol to berate me, as Jordan had done, because he didn't, like his assignment, in the marching order. He had run the point, for his team, my squad, the platoon, for three months. We had been issued, Kevlar, inserts, for our helmets and he refused, to wear anything, but his soft cover. That just added, to the argument. He wanted point. I had enough, wounded and dead. I wanted him, in the middle of the squad, with me. Three days, of snarling, between good friends, Jordan, Felkins and me, a trinity, of soul mates. He died, from the same, booby trap: the same hour, minute, second, as Jordan, on that same, scorched trail, in the jungle, on 30, July, 1965. No one, but them and me, feel the loss, even the others, that were with us. But, the two, years, of laughter, the bonding and pain, keep us together. In the final, roll call, I'm the only one, who has, to rejoin the unit. I miss them, but I'am proud, of living for them. When I meet them again, our saga will, be over, But the Corps will, go on. the stories will be different, yet, the Corps will still, be the same. The Marine Corps, changes, but remains the same. We breathe the atoms, of O'Bannon and Smedley Butler, Chesty Puller and John Basilone, from a different time and different wars. Yet, the Corps, remains the same, because the men, are, the same. You have pain. You have war. You have tears. You have friends. You have laughter. No one, can take that, from you. You have life. Not death. You have friends. You have memories.
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  • Semper Fi, Corporal.

    Posted on 7/30/14 - by A Marine Corporal, Vietnam
  • You are not forgotten.

    Posted on 12/15/13 - by peggy vinson
    We remember. You are not forgotten.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/1/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL Wilburn Daniel Felkins, 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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