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CARTER PURVIS LUNA

  • Wall Name:CARTER P LUNA
  • Date of Birth:9/25/1928
  • Date of Casualty:3/10/1969
  • Home of Record:HAZLEHURST
  • County of Record:COPIAH COUNTY
  • State:MS
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:COL
  • Panel/Row:30W, 102
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:LZ

RICHARD EDWARD MATYAS

  • Wall Name:RICHARD E MATYAS
  • Date of Birth:3/31/1950
  • Date of Casualty:3/10/1969
  • Home of Record:NEW LONDON
  • County of Record:WAUPACA COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:29W, 1
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

WILLIAM RUSSELL MACKEY JR


is honored on Panel 29W, Row 1 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Served with

    Posted on 3/10/16 - by Dave McFarland davemcfarland1969@gmail.com
    We went through Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego in 1968. Both headed to Vietnam in January 1970. I went to 1st Marines, he went to DMZ to the 4th Marines. I think his Company was called The Aalking Dead. Unfortunately Bill only made it about 7 weeks. He was KIA on this day 47 years ago. So long ago, yet so fast. R. I. P. Bill. Semper Fi.
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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 5/21/15 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Bill.
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  • Boot Camp together

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Dave McFarland
    R.I.P. Bill. 45 years tomorrow. Seems like an eternity and also like seconds. Semper Fi
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC William Russell MacKey Jr, 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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  • "HE'S BIGGER THAN LIFE ITSELF!"

    Posted on 6/28/13 - by Greg Shires aka "Bo Billy"
    Today I read a guy's remembrance wondering why I didn't mention the meaning of my stage name "Bo Billy" in my posting on Billy's wall. Well, I apologize for not doing so, but there are two reasons why I didn't. First, this isn't about me, and, yes it's true, since I signed with Capitol Records all my shows and records have been performed under the name BO BILLY, and there is a hidden meaning to the name.
    The name is "BO" is slang in Italian for "brother", and ofcourse "BILLY", well, no explaination necessary.
    I didn't mention it because my posting wasn't meant to be about me, it's all about how I feel about Billy. I've only explained that to a handful of people because I've always thought of it as a personal thing and held it close to my heart, as I do Billy's memory. Billy loved his music and by including his name I feel that he's right there with me rockin down in every show I do . Call me nuts, but it's just one of those sentimental things we all have.
    I worked on the farm with Billy and saw alot of talents in him that most people could only dream of having.
    Throughout my entertaining career I've worked with movie stunt people, top musicians and writers, pro fighters, and people of all walks of life. In all their talents I saw alot of Billy. He could do the pony express on a horse as good as any Hollywood stunt person, he could write and play music as good as Bob Dylan or Springsteen, he was funnier than Dangerfield, and he was tougher
    than John Wayne himself!
    When Billy came home from Nam, Sally called and asked me to stay with him at the funeral home the whole first day. I was there alone with Billy from 7:00 am til 11:00 pm that night. As heartbreaking as it was, I still carry the honor and am thankful to Sally for giving me the opportunity. Although Billy could no longer talk,
    throughout that day his spirit voiced a million words! Abit of philosophy that Billy
    and his dad always instilled in me was to "never give up, don't be a quitter!"
    Well, their words of wisdom have echoed in my mind every day since, and now 44 years later, four of my original cuts have been bought for the new Drew Barrymore movie in Hollywood, and one of the songs is about Billy, called "BEST FRIEND", I know you're out there somewhere!"
    I truly believe this never would had happened if Billy wasn't still pushing my butt to keep goin and not give up. That's how powerful Billy is!!
    For a number of years I went through a phase of going to Billy's grave every week. Then, it finally dawned on me, Billy's not dead and gone. He'll live on forever.
    "HE'S BIGGER THAN LIFE ITSELF!"
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