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is honored on Panel 57E, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/18/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Eddie Dean Gadson, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Semper Fi Marine.

    Posted on 5/8/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri
  • To Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 6/30/12 - by Carol (Cipriani) Haberchak

    Dear Eddie, to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made for our country I want to make sure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed, so it is with great pride and humility that I post this remembrance and picture of you. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many all these years later. You have been designated to be one of God's special angels, along with the love of my life, who also sacrificed his life during this war 45 years ago. God Bless You, Eddie, for being who you were and for all you did--we live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you.

  • You Are Loved , My Dear Brother

    Posted on 3/20/12 - by Rose Gadson
    The Wall on the Mall
    Why such a tear-stained face?
    It looks so out of place,
    On such a perfect morning,
    Such a bright, beautiful, sunny day,
    This question, I want to ask, If I may.
    I move on slowly, wandering toward 'The Wall',
    Realizing the deeper, the farther I go, the sad mood affects us all.
    I feel the tension, the heartache, and the sadness.
    Whatever happened to all of the gladness?
    What is going on, I say?
    On this bright, beautiful, sunny day in May?

    I see more and more tears on passerby’s faces,
    Slowly, dreadfully, I make those final paces.
    As I move hesitantly, dragging me feet toward the wall.

    I reach the Viet Nam Memorial Veteran’s Wall,
    As far as the eye can see, 'The Wall' stretches continuously,
    Seemingly infinitely,

    I then realize the reason for the sadness of it all,
    I flash back to that sad, tear-stained face,
    The one that seemed so out of peace.
    On such a bright, sunny day in May.

    I move, searching aimlessly for his beloved name,
    Trying to block out the sad atmosphere, to lessen the pain.
    Like the atmosphere of a Catholic church, so quiet, so hushed,
    No sense of time, no sense of self,
    No feeling of being rushed.

    I sense everyone’s pain, the sorrow we all share,
    To actually see your beloved’s name is so hard to bear.
    We become one, those strangers at the Wall,
    We unite, we share, we relive the pain of it all.

    To love the beloved father, the son, that uncle, that big brother,
    After twenty, thirty years, will we truly recover?
    Oh the pain, the hurt, the loss, the sorrow,
    Please let me wake up, borrow some happiness for tomorrow.

    Eddie Dean Gadson is the name I trace,
    Why did you have to leave us, this is so hard to face.
    You gave the ultimate - your life - you ran the swift race,
    We love you, we miss you; you’ll always be remembered.
    Your personality, your humor; you are in my mind,
    A memory unencumbered.

    The Viet Nam Memorial, that seemingly endless Wall,
    Dedication to the brave,
    Hard to believe a mere stone, granite wall can cause such emotions,
    To bare it all.

    Waves of raw emotions, come forth! There is no holding back,
    Retching sobs, deep down pain, the senses of loss.
    Oh, the price we all pay, such a heartbreaking cost!
    Now I understand why the tear-stained face,
    That I looked so out of place,
    On such a bright, sunny day, such a perfect day in May.

    Somehow life goes on; we have to be strong.
    Recall that Jesus is our all in all;
    We will not fall.

    Instead HE will hold us up, bear our burdens, so we can be
    As strong, straight and tall as the 'Wall on the Mall'

    By Rose Gadson
    (In loving memory of Eddie Dean Gadson and all Vietnam Veterans)
    © 2008 Rose Gadson

    From his sister,
    Rose Gadson

  • Always Remembered

    Posted on 3/20/12 - by Nam Vet
    The 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, lost eight men on 08 May 1968 when they engaged an NVA regimental command post about 10 kilometers northwest of the Dong Ha airfield:
    • C Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines
    o Pfc Raymond M. Dasilva, Swoyersville, PA (with India 33)

    • I Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    o Sgt Ronald N. Bankston, Kaufman, TX
    o Pfc Eddie D. Gadson, Salina, KS

    • L Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    o 2ndLt Robert McKellip, Bronxville, NY
    o LCpl John A. Countaway, Winthrop, MA
    o LCpl Frederick D. Kemp, Arkport, NY
    o Pfc Richard W. Frink, Norwich, NY
    o Pvt Steven Murray, New York, NY

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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