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FRANCIS GERALD FRECHETTE

  • Wall Name:FRANCIS G FRECHETTE
  • Date of Birth:3/10/1948
  • Date of Casualty:6/17/1969
  • Home of Record:FITCHBURG
  • County of Record:WORCESTER COUNTY
  • State:MA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:22W, 65
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI

JOHNIE FRANKLIN GRANBERRY

  • Wall Name:JOHNIE F GRANBERRY
  • Date of Birth:5/1/1949
  • Date of Casualty:6/17/1969
  • Home of Record:ROUND LAKE
  • County of Record:JACKSON COUNTY
  • State:FL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:22W, 67
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

LARRY ALONZA GRAHAM


is honored on Panel 22W, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/17/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL Larry Alonza Graham, 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
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  • CPL Larry A. Graham’s final mission

    Posted on 4/26/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    PFC Donald L. Sparks and CPL Larry A. Graham were serving as pointmen for their company when it was ambushed by an enemy force of unknown size on June 17, 1969 near Chu Lai, in the Tien Phuoc District, Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. Witnesses indicated that both men were wounded and fell to the ground. As the remaining members of the patrol withdrew, they observed North Vietnamese Army personnel stripping PFC Sparks of his clothing and weapon. No one was able to reach the area where they lay for almost twelve hours because of heavy enemy fire, however, several members of the platoon believed both men to be dead. Air strikes were requested, and napalm, 500 and 1000 pound bombs, were dropped on the enemy position. Later the same day, another attempt was made to reach the bodies, but again was repulsed by the enemy. On the morning of June 18, a recovery element was able to reach the site, but was unable to locate the remains of PFC Sparks. The remainder of the day was spent in digging in the vicinity of a bomb crater where witnesses had last seen Sparks. The remains of CPL Graham were recovered during this search. It was believed that PFC Sparks' body had been totally destroyed by the air strikes, but with no positive evidence of death, Sparks was initially listed as Missing in Action. On February 3, 1971, a Viet Cong rallier reported that during April 1969, an American POW suffering from gunshot wounds and wounds from a U.S. air strike had been held in a POW camp located near the Song Khan River in the vicinity. The American's wounds were dressed and he was transported in a northwesterly direction along the southern bank of the Song Khan River. When released in 1973, American POW Maj. Harold Kushner and two other released American POWs stated that in the spring of 1970, while en route to a new detention camp in the same province in which Sparks was lost, their Vietnamese interpreter/guard said that a U.S. POW by the name of Don was scheduled to join his POW group, but had been moving more slowly because of foot wounds. This occurred in the spring of 1970, but "Don" never joined the other Americans. On May 17, 1970, a Viet Cong soldier was killed in fighting near Chu Lai. On his body, American soldiers from the 19th Infantry Division found two letters from Donald Sparks dated April 11, 1970. In one of the letters, addressed to his parents, he assured them that he was in good health in spite of the fact that he had not seen another American during his ten months of captivity. One of the letters mentioned having received a wound to his foot. A report from the crime lab, 8th Military Personnel Group conclusively proved that the letters were written by PFC Sparks. Six months later, Sparks' official status was changed to Prisoner Of War. On September 19, 1973, an ARVN returnee stated that a U.S. POW entered a POW camp in February 1970 using a stick for support as his feet and legs were bruised. Allegedly, the POW later contracted beriberi and is reported to have died in June 1971. This report was correlated to Donald Sparks. When 591 Americans were released in 1973, the communist government of Vietnam denied any knowledge of Donald Sparks. He was one of nearly 3000 Americans who did not return. At the time, military experts were shocked that "hundreds", believed to be held captive and expected to be released, were not. Donald Sparks was apparently never held with any returning American POW. Studies of the Vietnamese prison system indicates that those POWs who returned all had been held together, moving from camp to camp within the same system, but that other systems probably existed. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/1/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Larry is buried at Magnolai Cem,Thomasville,GA. BSM PH
  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 6/17/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Larry, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today.
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 6/17/05 - by Bill Nelson
    Always Remembered

    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 all your "Band of Nam Brothers"
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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.

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