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is honored on Panel 17E, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC David Eugene Gorrell, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/2/12 - by Robert Sage

    David is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Marshall,MO. PH

  • Stilll on My Mind

    Posted on 5/14/06 - by Bob Wheeler
    Dave was a good kid, a year younger than me. We knew each other living in rural Missouri as friends and fellow potential draftees. Dave got the draft notice, I joined the Navy before mine came. I was already in boot camp when he left for basic. My folks told me about his death on a phone call from my duty station. The community lost a good guy and the country lost a real man. I still think of Dave when I think back to my tour in the Nam but more so with the Irag war than ever before. Dave was a loss that the country did not need. Honor, Duty, Country.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/31/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "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 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

  • Friend

    Posted on 8/11/03 - by John Schuette
    Dave was a good friend of mine; he and I went to Vietnam together in 1967. We were members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Our mission in Vietnam was to roam the jungles and "search and destroy". On April 7, 1967, we were involved in a major battle where we were far out-numbered. During the firefight Dave was shot in the head with an AK-47 and died instantly. May God bless David Gorrell and all of his family, for I doubt they were ever the same again.
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The Wall of Faces

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