Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/25/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear SGT Thomas William Markunas, 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
My squad leaderPosted on 7/17/14 - by Sgt. Robert Wolf York, Pennsylvania Cyberwolf14@comcast.netTwo men died on May 9, 1969. Two men from my squad. Two friends. Tom Markunas was one of them. I trained Tom so he could take command of my squad. When he died, I was promoted to squad leader. Oh, God! How I wish my promotion was under different circumstances. I would give back my stripes in a heartbeat if it would bring Tom back again. I was there the day he died. I watched it happen. And my heart has continued to die each day for the past 45 years from the memory of that explosion. I stayed in touch with his widow, Lucille, until she passed away two years ago. Tom Markunas was the greatest loss I suffered in VN.MORE
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 5/9/09 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
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 sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
NCOC together and then Ft GordonPosted on 4/30/08 - by Sgt Otto email@example.comI remember Sgt Markunas at Ft Gordon. There is a great write up about him on the "NCOC LOCATOR" site where his class is listed from NCOC at Ft Benning.MORE
Not forgottenPosted on 5/9/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67Thomas, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well and thank you.MORE
We RememberPosted on 3/28/05 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgThomas is buried at Long Island Nat Cem.
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.