Miss you but never knew youPosted on 9/19/15My Uncle Jimmy was my dad's only brother. I have heard bits and pieces about him as I grew up. I know that he loved his family and obviously loved to serve his country like his father, my grandfather James Gilmore. I am thankful to those who have left messages about him and especially those who shed light about what happened the day he gave his life for his country. I never knew him but when we lived near Marietta I routinely took my son and daughter to visit his grave and place flowers there. I took time to teach them about his sacrifice. Thank you to the man I never got to meet, you are missed....MORE
I knew him in high schoolPosted on 11/21/14 - by Bill StevensA couple of years ago, my parents told me that “Jimmy” Gilmore had been killed in Vietnam. He and I were best friends during our sophomore year of high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I only lived at Holloman AFB for that one year (’60-’61), but Jimmy and I became good friends during that time.MORE
We had a lot of great times together that year. We were both members of the Junior Classical League (aka Latin Club). Jimmy had a ’49 Chevrolet that we sometimes got to use for our “wheels” to go into Alamogordo to Latin Club meetings. We liked to think we were a little bit wild, but in truth we were both pretty tame and well behaved (at least around adults).
We didn’t keep in touch after I moved from Holloman, but I always remember Jim as a good friend. He always was the leader for the two of us. In ’67 I was sent to Korea instead of Vietnam but kept up in the Stars and Stripes with those who had died each week in ‘Nam. I looked mainly for those I had known in college, basic training, and AIT. At that time I wasn’t thinking about childhood friends that might be over there also. When I did hear about Jim a couple of years ago, I again recalled all of the good times we had together. I was very glad to find this website with his picture and these postings from his friends.
It’s unfortunate that so many young men had to lose their lives in Vietnam, but it is more important that many young men were willing to “serve” their country. They should always be held as a shining example for today’s youth.
As others have done, I just feel compelled to add this to “Jimmy’s” wall and let others know that he was a great person, even during his earlier years.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/29/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear 1LT James Robson Gilmore Jr, sirMORE
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
Flew together in VietnamPosted on 4/10/13 - by Robert Monroe Jake 71
I flew with Jim that morning and finished his Quang Tin Province VR (visual recon) checkout. I was FAC duty officer for Jim's afternoon FAC mission and received TIC (Troops in Contact) a couple miles from Tam Ky's runway. I asked him to check out the area which usually broke up the TIC as soon as the FAC showed up. But this was a trap as they had setup a .30 CAL automatic weapon that did not fire until he flew over the sight and was shot down and killed. I flew out to the crash site by helicopter and took photos of the .30 CAL holes in the O-2A aircraft.
We RememberPosted on 1/10/12 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.org MORE
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.