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is honored on Panel 20W, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • j.r gainer

    Posted on 2/10/17 - by KENNETH BAIN
    just seems like yesterday we were in basic together at ft. polk we were in the same war but differet place my friend dranked a lot of 2.3 beer there rip my brother
  • Your sisters BFF!

    Posted on 10/16/16 - by Pam Kendrick
    Buddy was your name to all who knew and loved you. You were always cheerful and made a wonderful rodeo clown and a great high school and college wrestler. Always traveled with your sister, Pete, and your parents to watch you wrestle. Needless to say, I was at your house a lot. Your horse, Joker, was one of the best pleasure and roping horses. Thanks for letting me ride him. Can't forget those air horns on your truck either. I think your were the only one that had them. You're still missed and loved. Glad I got to see the wall today. Love you Buddy!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/28/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL John Robert Gainer, 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
  • Honor doesn't always reveal itself...

    Posted on 8/19/12 - by John Robert H.

    My name is John Robert H.

    My mother went to BA and graduated in 69. I occasionally asked my mom why she named me John Robert as there are no John's or Robert's on either side of my tree. She never answered me except with the answer: 'I just liked the sound of 'John Robert'. I took my family to DC and knew enough about BA history that I couldn't pass by the wall without seeing Bud's name. (I had seen the pics in Mom's yearbooks - again asked unanswered questions). When I showed my kids the name in the book at the wall I had to stop talking for a bit. I don't know if my parents named me after Bud Gainer but it honors me to have the same name. I was born in '72 and graduated in '90 from BAHS. Mom has told me he was a super nice guy and the day before he shipped off they went to the drive in on 71st and he bought a coke for her. That was the last time she saw him. My daughter sang the star spangled banner last Saturday and she told me she didn't want to make the the last line 'all crazy'. She specifically wanted to be very clear and steady on the word 'Brave'. It was beautiful and she knows not nor do I know the real value of her tribute. But I know it was a tribute. Long live the home of the brave.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/5/10 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Cedarlawn Cem, Sherman, TX. BSMOLC PH
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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