I Just Wanted to Let You Know That You Haven't Been Forgotten, Cousin LeroyPosted on 5/25/15 - by Tina Paul firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Cousin Leroy,MORE
We never met, but I am your adopted cousin, Tina. I came to live with my foster parents (who are now my adopted parents) when I was two, shortly before you lost your life in Vietnam. My adopted mom, Patricia Wilson, was your mama's sister. Your mom, whom we called Aunt Maybell, was such a beautiful and sweet woman, and your dad, Uncle Leo, was so kind to all of us kids. He used to give us rides on his tractor, which we thought was the greatest thing ever. We used to go over to their house all the time in San Jose, and I really cherish my memories of them. Your parents and your brother Jerry were heartbroken over losing you. You were so very loved. I just wanted to send a message to you, wherever you are, to let you know that you have not been forgotten. I thank you for your service to our country, but I am sad I never got to know you. I think of you from time to time, and your memory resides in me, and I just wanted you to know that.
Rest well and say hi to our moms for me,
Love, Cousin Tina
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear PVT Leroy Hensley, 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
We RememberPosted on 9/3/12 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.org
Leroy is buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, CA.
Army Private Leroy HensleyPosted on 11/14/11 - by Jim WilsonLeroy Hensley enlisted as a volunteer after graduating from high school. He was an exemplary young man who loved his God, his Family and his Country, in that order.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/10/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"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
Thank youPosted on 2/22/04 - by Amanda Carls firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Sir,MORE
As a student in the Gridley High School world history class, I am currently involved in the Gridley High School Posting Project. With this assignment, I focus on honoring the sacrifices made by fellow Americans during the Vietnam War. Your courage and faithfulness to your country are an inspiration to future generations. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in and ensuring that others can live in freedom. May your offering never be forgotten.
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.