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DENNIS WILLARD HUFFINE


is honored on Panel 8W, Line 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Knew Him as a Buddy

    Posted on 9/29/17 - by andylimber3 @gmail.com
    Dennis and I sat next to each other on a wooden bench on a warm summer morning drinking soda pop in front of Hodges neighborhood grocery that summer morning. Looking back from today (Sept.25,2017) it still seems like it was last week. Dennis was an easy going kid ...soft spoken with dark hair and a lean build. The morning we talked and shared stories was different from others this time. Dennis told me he had just received his military draft notice. Being only 14 or 15 myself, maybe younger, I couldn't fully relate to his feelings and the gravity of receiving the call to duty....especially in our little town of Paragould where none of us seemed to have much ...But none of us knew it or thought it mattered much. Very vividly I recall him staring downward as he pulled enough words together to let me know he was facing uncertainty and...he was scared. With my own limited knowledge of what war was in reality at our age...14 and him 18...I was little or no comfort to Dennis. Not that morning anyway. During happier times we played baseball in a nearby lot, laughing and as carefree as young boys could be. I recall parting ways that day with a feeling of something left undone...an uneasiness that still haunts me today. Please FORWARD now as Dennis honorably and courageously served our country...and life continued...at least until one hot summer day outside a small town called Monette, Arkansas. A small group of us kids had gotten together traveling to Monette daily to pull watermelons for a wonderful farmer whose beautiful friendly daughter just happened to hold the title of Miss Monette...and just happened to drive the tractor for us teenage boys !!! Sometime just after returning to the field after lunch--- someone noticed a strange car approaching and driving slowly along the end of the fence row seemingly pacing us as we walked thru the field passing ripe melons to the trailer beside us. Someone loudly asked ...Anyone know that car?? It stopped. Two men got out and slowly walked in our direction. Suddenly Teddy said--- I know them...my uncle!! But it wasn't said with excitement or a happy voice. SILENCE followed Teddy as he quickly turned to meet the two men...dust kicking up from his feet as his pace quickened. I guess there was about 8 of us kids and the two farmers with us watching in total silence as we all stood motionless. Watching. Frozen in time. Almost as if it were in slow motion. When Teddy reached the two men they leaned over and ...as I recall...put their arms around his shoulders and together they all three slowly walked back to their car parked near the fence row on the dirt road. We stood there...somehow knowing it was horribly sad..yet not hearing a sound. Just as the car bounced out of sight...somebody said...it must be Dennis...he is in Vietnam. Sadly...it was. More than 50 years after that day in Monette I continue to share the bits I know...lifting this HERO up before God...as well as so many who served and paid the ultimate price. May they all rest in peace!!!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/25/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Dennis Willard Huffine, 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 3/10/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/7/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Dennis is buried at Clarks Chapel Cemetery, Paragould, Greene County,AR. BSM AM ARCOM PH
  • NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

    Posted on 3/29/04 - by Chris Spencer cws71354@bellsouth.net
    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.
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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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