My Friend - My HeroPosted on 4/13/15 - by William (Bill) Karp Doc Karp 1968 email@example.comSarge it has been 47 yrs. to the day since you left us, I remember it like yesterday. You "are" one of the "Good Guys", God I wish we had more like you. May your family be forever proud of you. Someday we shall meet again....MORE
Thank YouPosted on 4/13/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam VetThank you Staff Sergeant Lesure for your devotion, leadership, and courage.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 4/5/14 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear SSGT Ernest Estell Lesure, 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, Sir
Forever RememberedPosted on 3/7/14 - by William (Bill) KarpErnest it has been many, many years since you and I were together before that fateful day, I was the medic in your platoon. Later I was assigned to the CO of Alpha company. To me you will always be a hero and race had no factor with our friendship. I am proud to call you my friend. I remember when we had one of our men step on a mine you were there to help me carry him through the waist deep rice field to the chopper. We shared the grief hearing that he had passed a week later at the hospital in Chu Lai. You truly cared for the men under your command. You will be forever remembered, your friend William(Bill) Karp, "Doc Karp" in 1968MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 2/6/06 - 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
We RememberPosted on 7/6/04 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgErnest is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cem, Rochester,NY. he was in the 196 light INF Bde.
Thank YouPosted on 4/12/04 - by T.J. Kaupp email@example.comIn times of need American Soldiers step forward to meet challenges presented by unfamiliar foes. You were one of those brave men who stepped forward to struggle against all challenges and adversities. My name is T.J. Kaupp I am with the Gridley High School Posting Project. With the greatest respect another human being can possess for another, I would like to say thank you, you will not be forgotten.MORE
Thank You!Posted on 3/17/04 - by Kaleigh Schlipf firstname.lastname@example.orgErnest,MORE
In one of my classes we are doing a Gridley High School posting project to honor all the courageous Americans who lost their lives in service to our country. Thank you for the brave sacrifice that you were willing to make for our country. This selfless act will never be forgotten. You will always be an American Hero! God Bless you and your loved ones!
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.