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is honored on Panel 49E, Line 32 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Your Catholic Memorial classmates

    Posted on 6/28/16 - by Robert Powderly
    I want you to know we had a memorial at the 50th year Class Reunion for the class of 1965 for all our deceased classmates. You were one of the 51 deceased we in our class remembered at the class Mass. Each of the 51 individually appeared a screen in their graduation photo as Amazing Grace played. There was not a dry eye with any of the attendees. Classmates wrote comments on the 51 deceased which were shared over the course of the Reunion. As we shared the same birthday and were in the same homeroom for 3 years at CM, I wrote, "John Fitzgerald- You left way too soon. Your classmates salute your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten. We wish you were here with us."
  • My friend Johnny

    Posted on 2/14/15 - by Sue Babel Crane
    We were kids growing up together. He was so nice. And really cute.
  • In Memory of My Childhood friend

    Posted on 1/8/14 - by Donna Thomas Gustafson
    God bless you John. You have never been forgotten by me or members of my family even though many years have passed. May your spirit rest in peace.
    January 2013
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear CWO John Francis Fitzgerald, sir,

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00670

    Posted on 12/19/12 - by

    On April 12, 1968 “Crusaders” of 187th AHC were flying support for 3rd BDE. 25th Inf. Div., when a Rat Pack gun ship received 6 to 7 .51 cal hits to the left rear of the engine compartment causing a fire. The ship went down and resulting in 3 KIA's: aircraft commander WO1 Stephen J. Eckle, pilot WO1 John F. Fitzgerald, and crew chief SP5 Harold A. Tharp Jr. The gunner survived with injuries. The aircraft had been operating northeast of Dau Tieng at the northern tip of the Michelin Rubber Plantation. Up to that point, the flight had flown 351 sorties, carried 695 passengers and logged a total of 89.6 hours. [Taken from and]

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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