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  • Date of Birth:8/8/1948
  • Date of Casualty:10/17/1967
  • Home of Record:MERCEDES
  • County of Record:HIDALGO COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:28E, 24
  • Casualty Province:BINH LONG


  • Date of Birth:10/3/1945
  • Date of Casualty:10/17/1967
  • Home of Record:DEXTER
  • County of Record:MOWER COUNTY
  • State:MN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:28E, 24
  • Casualty Province:BINH LONG


is honored on Panel 28E, Row 24 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering Our Own

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Robert L Nelson
    Melesso Garcia
    Private Melesso Garcia shared misgivings with his comrades
    about going into combat on October 17, 1967.
    Melesso Garcia listed Santa Cruz County as his residence;
    however, the location of his birth, family members
    and his life in the community have not been established. He
    was born on October 18, 1946, and while some portion of
    his education may have taken place in Watsonville, Watsonville
    High School did not include him among their students
    who died in Vietnam.
    Garcia enlisted in the regular US Army in the fall of 1966
    and received training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was
    assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion (Black Lion Battalion)
    of the 28th Infantry Regiment and on July 16, 1967,
    began his Vietnam tour.
    On October 17, 1967, Garcia’s company was in a jungle
    area near Ong Thanh (about fifty miles from Saigon) when
    they were ambushed by approximately 1200 Viet Cong
    troops. The two US companies (A&D), totaling about
    120 men, were pinned down as snipers opened fire from
    all directions. Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss,
    in his book They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace
    Vietnam and America, October 1967, detailed the end of the
    life of Private First Class Melesso Garcia.
    To his left [SP4] Troyer saw Melesso Garcia behind a log,
    gesturing. It seems that Garcia wanted to say something. He
    turned on his side and pushed his body up with one hand
    and at that moment was shot. A look came over his face that
    Troyer had not seen before. For two days Garcia had been
    haunted by premonitions that he should not be out there, and
    now the realization of his foreboding registered on his face.
    Melesso Garcia died one day short of his twenty-first
    birthday. His remains were recovered and returned to
    Houston, Texas, where they were buried in the Houston
    National Cemetery.
    Remembering our Own
    The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
    By Robert L Nelson
    The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
    Page 214
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Melesso Garcia, 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
  • Rest In Peace

    Posted on 1/27/06 - by Vietnam Veteran MORE

    Posted on 7/17/05 - by Chris Spencer cws71354@bellsouth.net
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
    written by Mary Frye
    circa 1932
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/13/04 - by rsage@austin.rr.com
    Melesso is buried at Houston Nat Cem,
  • Thank You

    Posted on 10/17/03 - by Zach Nicolay rock_star06@hotmail.com
    Hello, my name is Zach Nicolay and I am leaving this remembrance as an assignment for my World History class at Gridley High School in central Illinois. Thank you, sir, for giving your life for your country. It takes a lot of courage to go to war so young, and I thank you for your willingness to serve. The world is now a better place because you paid the ultimate sacrifice. Again, thank you.
  • Thank you

    Posted on 10/17/03 - by Kayla Butikofer lil_qt_4u2@hotmail.com
    Hi, my name is Kayla Butikofer and I attend
    Gridley High School. For a History project we
    have to do remembrances on this site. Thank
    you so much for making the ultimate sacrifice
    on this day. You will always be remembered.
    People around the world will look up to you for
    your strength and bravery. Thank you again
    and god bless!
  • In Memory Of

    Posted on 6/15/99 - by Santiago Griego
    I Santiago Griego, of Albuquerque New Mexico, was there when Melesso Garcia died. I myself was wounded and Melesso was a good friend of mine. May he rest in peace. 505 842-9512

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.