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  • A Brave Warrior

    Posted on 5/23/14 - by LTC (Retired) (then 1st Lt.) Teddy H. Sanford, Jr.
    PFC John Houston was a member of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th US Cavalry. He had survived a number of serious fights when we conducted an air assault into the mountains surrounding an area known as the "Crows Foot" in Binh Dinh Province on 13 February. We jumped from our helicopters as soon as they were close to the ground and immediately were taken under fire from high ground along the ridge of the LZ. In order for others to offload their troops, we were directed to assault the high ground. About 30 of us started up the hill and several fell. John Houston was moving up the hill to my right and had a good angle on a machine gun and was taking it under fire. This brought unwanted attention from the North Vietnamese and John was hit. We continued to move up the hill and soon had secured the ridge. I could see the medic ministering to John and we got him quickly on an evacuation helicopter. We got word the following day that his wounds were too severe and he was gone. John was a good soldier who died too young.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC John Wesley Houston, 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 5/7/04 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Little Rock Nat Cem.

    Posted on 3/16/04 - by Chris Spencer
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
  • You have not been forgotten

    Posted on 2/13/04 - by Leilani Brunson
    Thank you for sacrificing your tomorrows. May God bless you and keep you safe in His arms.

    Those of us who remember the Vietnam War are carrying the torch of remembrance for our fallen, our MIA's, and our POW's.

    We are forever indebted to you, PFC Houston.

    My websites are dedicated to our Vietnam vets and their families. Please visit.

    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine... Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.


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