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JOHN FRANCIS FITZGIBBONS

  • Wall Name:JOHN F FITZGIBBONS
  • Date of Birth:11/8/1945
  • Date of Casualty:11/25/1968
  • Home of Record:WAKEFIELD
  • County of Record:MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • State:MA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Row:38W, 57
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH

LARRY GLEN HETZLER

  • Wall Name:LARRY G HETZLER
  • Date of Birth:12/22/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/25/1968
  • Home of Record:WESTLAKE
  • County of Record:CALCASIEU PARISH
  • State:LA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:38W, 57
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH

SAN DEWAYNE FRANCISCO


is honored on Panel 38W, Row 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • My Hero

    Posted on 6/14/14
    San was my brother, he was to me the most perfect human being God created, he was kind, sincere and a "Gentle Giant". I am in Washington DC this week to get politcal support and meet with the Accountability Personnel to maintain persoanl involvement in recovering his remains. San is my Hero and I will do whatever it takes to bring him home. Prayers and Persistance!!!!!!

    Terri Francisco-Farrell
    Facebook Page: Operation: Bring San Home Please Like and Share with your friends............
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  • Facebook information for San D Francisco

    Posted on 6/4/14 - by Abe Torres
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-Bring-San-Home/793253497360785

    Please like this page and show support.
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  • Hero, Not Fogotten

    Posted on 5/19/14 - by Sutton
    San was my uncle, but I was too young to remember him now. My mother and his wife, Kay, were the best of friends and we would visit her and her son often. It wasn't until I lost my mother, did I understand what a loss the of a parent has on a child. But his son grew up and would have made San proud.

    San, thanks for your service and sacrifice, it was one of things that led me to enlist and serve my country as well.
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  • Bracket

    Posted on 5/10/14 - by Charlene
    I also wore a POW bracelet with his name for many years, until it was so worn it cut my wrist. I brought it to the wall and was going to leave it, but could not part with it. Think of you often! tears in my eyes now, as I see these beautiful pictures.
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  • POW/MIA Bracelet

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Katherine Andrews
    I have worn your bracelet since receiving it in September of 1972. Over the years people have commented on it asking if you were someone I knew and even though I've told them no, after wearing your bracelet for so long I feel like I did know you because your bracelet has become a part of my life. I pray for you always and on this day when we honor those who served and are serving our country I want to thank you for your service. After years of wear and tear my bracelet has scratches and the metal has worn down in places but I'm still as proud to wear it now as I was the day I first put it on my wrist. God bless you.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/1/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Major San Dewayne Francisco, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/25/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    San has a military stone in his memory at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. San Dewayne

    Posted on 6/14/10
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. San Dewayne

    Posted on 6/12/10
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • POW bracelet

    Posted on 8/6/09 - by K. Duerr karla5348@hotmail.com
    As a young girl I was given a POW bracelet for Mr. Francisco. Would like to get it to his family if they would like to have it.
  • POW bracelet

    Posted on 8/6/09 - by K. Duerr karla5348@hotmail.com
    As a young girl I was given a POW bracelet for Mr. Francisco. Would like to get it to his family if they would like to have it.
  • MY JOURNEY TO THE WALL

    Posted on 8/26/08 - by TED SIMS elsims@yahoo.com
    MY JOURNEY TO THE WALL

    In 1968 after attending Jones County Junior College for a year I decided it was time for me to do my duty as an American by serving in one of the branches of the military. Not wanting to join and serve a 4 year hitch, I decided to let the draft take its' course. I dropped out of college and waited for the "Letter," and after many months it finally came. Soon after that came the physical and finally the induction into the U.S. Army in August of 1969. Just before the end of A.I.T. for field artillery, I received initial orders for Vietnam. At the time I thought I was mentally prepared to go. To my good fortune someone above was looking out for me and my final orders came down for Germany. Many of my friends received orders for Nam while I spent 20 months in Germany in an 8 inch Howitzer Special Weapons unit. It was fantastic duty compared to what the guys in Nam were experiencing and at times I felt a little guilty because we had it so good. Just 6 months prior to the end of my tour, several of my buddies got levied to Nam for the remainder of their tour. Some of us stayed in touch but I always wondered what happened to the others. At the end of my two years I was ready to get back to the "World" and continue my education.

    Soon after the time I went back to school someone came around selling "POW-MIA" bracelets. Being a veteran and knowing what was going on with the "POW-MIA's" I wanted to support the cause. When I bought my bracelet, I read the name San D Francisco and immediately thought it was bogus, because there couldn't be anybody named San D Francisco. I didn't wear my bracelet very much and eventually lost it in one of my many moves over the years.

    As time went on and I saw that our government had forgotten our brothers, I started looking at the web sites for "POW-MIA's" to find out about my buddies from Germany. Luckily I did not find any of their names listed among the missing. Just for the heck of it I typed in the name of San D Francisco. To my surprise it came up and I read the details of his final mission.

    In October of 2001 my work carried me to Gettysburg, Pa. On a weekend prior to Thanksgiving a coworker (Drew), and I decided to go to Washington D.C. to see the sights. I wanted to visit The Wall to honor my brothers and brought a pencil and paper to get a rubbing of San D Francisco's name. When we arrived we walked from the east to the west and, as everyone knows who has been there, it is a very emotional walk. On the west end we found the directories and looked up San D Francisco's name. Drew noticed that Francisco was from Burbank, WA, and said that he lived close to Burbank and knew someone there. We then noted the panel numbers and made our way back to the panel with his name. For many of us there is nothing that can describe all the emotions that come about from the retrieving of a name on The Wall.

    When we had finished the rubbing we started toward the Lincoln Memorial, stopping to see the bronze memorial of the three soldiers and the Vietnam Women's Memorial. As we exited the Wall area we came upon the kiosks for the "POW-MIA's" where I could purchase some stickers and patches. We stopped at the first one to see what he had and noticed the bracelets. I asked if he had any for the Air Force from the state of Washington. He did a very thorough search and found nothing. I then asked about Mississippi and New Mexico, and again nothing, so I purchased some of his stickers and patches. We continued to the next booth when I suddenly remembered another patch the guy in the first booth had that I wanted to buy, so we went back. As I was paying for it he asked, "Weren't you asking for Washington state bracelets?" I said "Yes" and he handed me a bracelet in a bag he said he had found buried in a different slot. I raised it to read the name and 30 years of held back emotions came flooding out as I read the name MAJ SAN D FRANCISCO. Drew read the name at the same time and said in amazement "Ted, that's the name you were looking for!" Upon hearing this, the brother soldier in the booth let out an emotional groan and told us it was the third time that had happened that day. It's very hard to describe all the emotions I felt walking away that second time, but they did not end there. That night, back in my motel room I was reading a write-up on the Major and the bracelet when the emotional dam burst again. The Major became M.I.A. 11-25-68. My son was born 11-25-87.

    THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
    Ted Sims
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  • youthful memories

    Posted on 11/3/07
    I remember, old friend.... I remember your ugly dog, Lucky, with no teeth, and your fat tired Schwinn with the big spring-shock in front. Remember shooting pidgeons under the new bridge, and then you coming down the old highway and slammin' on the coaster brake at the bottom? And shearing off all the teeth on the rear sprocket? And then you goin' straight into the friggin' pond? November, too! Christ! I never saw anybody's teeth chatter so much!

    I've never forgotten, friend..... and I never will...... You were the best of us, stronger and faster and smarter..... I'll never forget.
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  • check ride 1st flt over the ho chi minh trail

    Posted on 6/7/06 - by MAJOR ROY (MAC) MCMACKEN RET
    upon arrival to nkp ab thailand san d was in the front seat of a ov10 fac a/c while i rode in the back seat we guided f4s and f105s on to targets at ban kharai pass.arrived safely at nkp.
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  • Posted on 1/31/06 - by Robert Winkenbach excitabull@hotmail.com
    On page 17 of the above book by Malcolm McConnell, it states that San was in the back seat of a RF-4C reconnaissance plane when it was shot down over Ban Karai pass. Maj Joseph C. Morrison was in the front seat.
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  • Often thought of

    Posted on 7/30/05 - by Carol Rohrbach Danner from Va. Beach VA Dannerlite@AOL.com
    I wore his bracelet throughout high school back in the early '70s. Still in my prayers.
  • San Was An AFROTC Classmate at Central Washington State

    Posted on 3/14/03 - by Dr. Steve Wilson (Lt. Col., USAF Ret.)
    I attended Central Washington State in Ellensburg from 1962 to 1967. San was a classmate of mine and we were in the same AFROTC Detachment. San was the President of the Arnold Air Society, the academic honorary. He was quite an athlete -- Little All American in football. I graduated in 1967; San had graduated before me and went away to pilot training. When I went to Viet Nam in 1970 as an intelligence officer, I was reading a classified document containing the debriefings surrounding POW/MIAs and found out that San was MIA. I read the complete account of his shootdown in the southern part of North Viet Nam.

    Interesting, years later, I had an occasion to exchange emails with the Professor of Air Science at Central Washington. He had never heard of San Dewayne Francisco, nor did he know San was missing in action. I educated him and expressed that they ought to name the AFROTC Detachment after him, since he was so successful there and gave his life for his country. No action, to date, has been taken....

    At any rate, San was a great guy and friend. I remember he was one of the few married cadets -- he had a wife and daughter in college. Have never heard of what happened to them. May he rest peacefully.
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  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/15/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

    We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229
    mlokey@aol.com

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

    www.pow-miafamilies.org
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  • From your classmates in Kennewick, Washington

    Posted on 9/12/02 - by KHS classes of 1962, 1963, and 1964
    San Francisco graduated from Kennewick High School - a high school hero, high achiever, and all-around good guy, liked by all. His loss was a real tragedy, not only to his family, wife, and classmates, but to the state of Washington and the nation.
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  • Memories with San in pilot training

    Posted on 1/28/02 - by George M. Henry, Jr.
    San was a classmate of mine in pilot training in 1966-67, in Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas. He was quiet and intelegent. If I had chosen the plane he chose, it might have been me instead of him. I have fond memories of our time in training.
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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 www.buildthecenter.org.