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KENNETH GAGE HAVENS

  • Wall Name:KENNETH G HAVENS
  • Date of Birth:10/19/1946
  • Date of Casualty:10/21/1969
  • Home of Record:ONEIDA
  • County of Record:MADISON COUNTY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:17W, 101
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH

ROBERT KENNEDY JR

  • Wall Name:ROBERT KENNEDY JR
  • Date of Birth:6/20/1947
  • Date of Casualty:10/21/1969
  • Home of Record:BIRMINGHAM
  • County of Record:SHELBY COUNTY
  • State:AL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:17W, 102
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

BUDDY EUGENE HENDERLIGHT


is honored on Panel 17W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Angel on Earth

    Posted on 2/12/15 - by Susan Jane Henderlight Kallerud
    How can I describe this wonderful young man. The first thing I will say is that I was lucky and blessed to have him in my life for those short memorable years. Buddy was my brother and God couldn't of created a better one. I have many memories that are and will be forever in my heart and thoughts. I don't think that at my present age I have heard or seen a brother do the things like Bud did, he woke up on Sunday mornings and had us fed and dressed for church so mom would have one less thing to deal with on such a busy morning. Someone please tell me if in 2015 an older brother would take his younger sisters out on his dates in the summer time to the drive-in and out for ice cream. No, he wasn't told to do this by my parents, he did it out of the love and kindness of his heart. When Bud was in the services I remember a gift he sent me while away serving, it was this big colorful stuffed cat that had huge plastic green eyes with long lashes that moved around, the body had words all over it huge words. It was my best friend and the only thing that brought me just a bit of comfort and closer to him even though he was so very far away. The morning we were told about his death was when we were getting ready for school. The doorbell rang and my sister went to it and shouted out, " Bud's home"! before she had opened the door and by then both my parents were coming down the hallway. It took just a moment for the men in uniform to say, " we regretfully are here to inform you that your son has been killed in the line of duty". I remember at the age of 10 my world just shattered, my mom falling to her knees crying and the words out of my dad's mouth, " Oh, my God... no, please Lord, NO ! Bud was buried on Halloween 1969 and that holiday was so bittersweet because it was one of our favorites together. Bud will always be my favorite memory and brother,
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/13/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Buddy Eugene Henderlight, 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
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  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 10/29/07 - by Bill Nelson Nam Vet 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

    Posted on 10/21/03 - by Amber Miller achoo_13_99@yahoo.com
    I attend Gridley High School in Gridley, IL and I am posting remembrances for a class project. The commitment that you made to this country is incredible. You displayed true loyalty and courage by your actions. Your sacrifice will always be remembered!
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  • Thank You!

    Posted on 10/21/03 - by Nick Lyons luyguy_15@yahoo.com
    Dear Soldier,
    Hello, my name is Nick Lyons. I am a junior at Gridley High School. Right now, we are in the middle of a school project. The project is to leave remembrances for the many US soldiers who gave up their lives defending this great country. So, I just wanted to thank you for giving up your life so that I might be free. You are truly a Great and Noble American! Thank you and God Bless!
    Nick Lyons
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The Wall of Faces

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