Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/30/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SP4 Raymond Richard Hollopeter, 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 11/30/09 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgRay is buried at Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Gary, IN.
A Terrible Loss for Us AllPosted on 9/5/03 - by Garry O. SchoonRick was my cousin and was killed in action while I, too, was stationed in Viet Nam. We all know a person or two like Rick. He was such a good kid and liked by everyone he met. He loved animals and as a child always wanted to be a veterinarian. His family was deeply affected by his death, and the fact that I was still in Nam only made matters worse. It was only fitting that Rick's death occurred on Veterans Day. Had Rick lived, I know he would have been a success at whatever he chose to do with the rest of his life. This country lost many, many good men in Viet Nam. Rick was right at the top of the list. Garry O. Schoon, Lt, USNR (1964-1968), Viet Nam (8/67-7/68)MORE
Beloved CousinPosted on 7/11/03 - by Paul SchoonAlthough I was 11 when Rick passed away, I have vivid memories of a great guy. He was the guy who gave me my first dog, the guy that always had a big smile and the guy who treated me like his best friend, not as a pesky little cousin.MORE
Seeing "Toot's" picture here brought back memories of seeing that picture at my Aunt and Uncle's house. I also remember seeing a picture of him in Nam with a small child on each hip, and a smile that was a mile wide.
It saddens me that my two daughters never got to meet him, for they would have loved him, as everybody who knew him did.
Our brother, Rick.Posted on 10/27/01 - by Mary Margaret Eagan 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.