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is honored on Panel 23E, Line 12 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 7/5/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Another time and place

    Posted on 8/18/13 - by J. Budgeon
    A very special friend of mine unwittingly opened a part of my memory that I never thought I would revisit after all these decades. So many questions I would like to ask you but you left us, like so many of your comrades, so long ago. There is but one memory of you that I still carry to this day, strolling along a beach on Lake Ontario under a very full moon. It was summer and as we walked hand in hand I remember lifting up our hands and commenting on how much darker your hand was than mine. Your hand was tanned and warm and mine was pale and cold. It felt so comforting and secure to not let go. Even now when I see couples walking hand in hand I often remember that singular moment and hope I always will. I believe that evening might have been the last time I ever saw you. I didn’t know you well but I knew you were a sweetheart of a guy with enough compassion to carry the weight of the world. If there is life after death then I must assume that you and Linda, my old friend and classmate and your fiancé, are finally reunited. May you both happily rest in peace.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCPL Larry G Ludwig, 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

    Posted on 5/9/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "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 Remember

    Posted on 7/6/04 - by Robert Sage
    Larry is buried at Oakwood Cem, Penfield,NY.
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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.

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