Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SGT William Arthur Malenfant, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
KnewPosted on 11/3/13Malenfant and I lived in the same hootch at camp Eagle 'Vietnam. Though I never crewed with him we played a lot of cards. I remember that he had a great sterio set up by his bunk. He was a great soldier and is now with his brothers.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 2/24/12 MORE
He died a heroPosted on 1/17/10 - by Jerry Rodgers Jerry.D.Rodgers@us.army.mil
SGT Malenfant was a seasoned crew chief in "Eagle Dustoff," the air ambulance platoon of the 326th Medical Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. He was one of the best crew chiefs, very mature, and always willing to take the tough missions and show the new guys how to do the job. He had a great sense of humor and was a lot of fun to work with. On 15 January 1971 we scrambled on an urgent mission with the supported unit currently under fire. We were hovering over the jungle with a cable extended through the trees toward the waiting patient when we were hit with an enemy Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). He died a hero along with his apprentice crew chief SPC Daniel Cox.
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/20/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER 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
Rest In PeacePosted on 1/15/06 - by Vietnam Veteran MORE
For a great friendPosted on 7/31/03 - by Harvey FisherBill and I stayed in the same hootch at Eagle Dustoff. I did not fly with bill but we played cards and talked alot with each other. I remember Bill had the bunk next to the door by the adjutants office and Bill always played his stereo loud because the adjutant liked country music and Bill liked rock and roll. I was state side for two months when I heard of Bills death. The world lost a great man but the heavens won a great angel. Bill I know you are with Brent Law, Algood, Freeman, Nesovanovic, Pierce and the rest of our lost brothers. I will be with you all before too long.MORE
One of your brothers
My Crew ChiefPosted on 11/7/01 - by Harry MillerBill Malenfant, was The Crew chief of a Dustoff air evacuation helicopter in 1970 when he took this 19 year old under his wing. Although I had been in country as an infantry Medic for 5 month I was green to the gills on how life should be. On our very first mission we hauled some wounded to the hospital very uneventful and the chopper was rather messy from blood and other items used in the mission. When we returned to Eagle Dustoff I hopped out went to the barricks to relax. What a mistake. Here comes Bill, I think he was going send me to the hospital, and I was informed that the jobs not done until we were ready for the next mission. I think it took about 3 hours to clean up the chopper. That was the day he became my mentor. Never have I had anyone that I worked so well with and clicked with as Bill. I miss him. He loved the band Blood Sweat & Tears he always played thier song "I'm not scared of Dying". The world has lost a GEM. Hope to see you again my friendMORE
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.