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is honored on Panel 26E, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/4/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Four James Richard Mertell Jr., Served with the 523rd Engineer Company (Port Construction), 36th Engineer Battalion, 34th Engineer Group, 20th Engineer Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 4/11/16 - by Janet (West) Bast
    We called him Richard or Dick Mertell. I was a high school classmate of his. He was a nice guy with a great voice! That boy could sing! Rest in peace. You are gone too soon.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 James Richard Mertell 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
  • James Richard

    Posted on 12/5/11 - by Lisa Dillard
    James passed away before I was born but I have heard many lovng stories about him from my mother and his sister who is mom's first cousin. They called him Dickie. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I am honored to call him family and grateful to him for his service. Dickie made the ultimate sacrifice to defend his country and the freedom of all americans.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/12/11 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crystal City, Jefferson County,MO.
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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.

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