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JOHN BEN GAY


is honored on Panel 28E, Line 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 10/12/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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  • Thank you for helping

    Posted on 4/24/06 - by Jason McCutchan
    You gave your life for us and I respect you for this my Uncle also went to war but didn't die and I realize it could have been you who died instead of my uncle it would be completely different. Well, rest in peace and god bless

    When he goes to heaven ,Saint Peter he will tell. One more soldier reporting, I served my time in hell.
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  • God Bless You

    Posted on 10/25/03 - by Amanda Kinney amandakinney@hotmail.com
    Dear Soldier,
    I am doing a project in a couple of my classes and we have to write remembrances for as many Vietnam Veterans as we want. I am 17 years old. You were close to my age when you went to Vietnam War and gave your Supreme Sacrifice. You fought, gave your all, and died for what you believed in, and I sit here and wonder would I have the courage to do what you had to do. I know I would be scared as I’m sure you were. I just want to let you know that you will never be forgotten.

    God Bless You,
    Amanda Kinney


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  • You will always be a hero

    Posted on 10/25/03 - by Ashley Kiefer ashleyjo_33@hotmail.com
    Dear John,
    At Gridley High School in Gridley, IL, we as students have the opportunity to recognize those we fought in Vietnam. During the war you risked losing your life and left your family and possessions to fight for your country. That shows how committed, brave, and loyal you are to your country. You made the ultimate sacrifice, and for that you will never be forgotten. That sacrifice is something that should and will be recognized and admired. Thank you for everything you did.

    Sincerely,
    Ashley
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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.