Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/18/13 - by Curt CarterDear LT Stephen Sherwood MacVean, 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
Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation, Holmdel, NJPosted on 8/16/13 - by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial FoundationIf you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-648-8387.MORE
I(f I should die...remembrances for LT Stephen Sherwood MacVEAN, USN...who died for our country!!!!!Posted on 8/2/13If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do somkething to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
We RememberPosted on 7/1/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comStephen is buried at Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen County,NJ.
Put A Face With A NamePosted on 3/17/11 - by M McMahon NJVVMFStephen S. MacVean is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center located in Holmdel NJ. To learn more search on www.njvvmf.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.MORE
Angel DayPosted on 10/29/09 - by 60's GirlOn this your angel day I humbly give thanks for your service and sacrifice and with honor I leave you this poem . . .MORE
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
Uncle StevePosted on 5/25/07 - by C. David MacVean email@example.comThank you to he friends and veterans that have posted here.MORE
I was 4 years old when my only uncle was killed. I remember playing with parachute men at the Jersey shore the last time I saw him. I remember my grandmother coming to stay with us after Uncle Steve was killed.
My father was on patrol in the Atlantic aboard a nuclear submarine when he got the news. The CO of the ship asked my dad not to share the news with anyone aboard, so he bore his pain in private, while he continued his duty.
When my wife and I had our first child, a son born in 1994, we named him Stephen Sherwood MacVean II. When I got home from the hospital, I went to my bookshelf and looked at Uncle Steve's black beret. It still has his card inside....
When the Viet Nam War Memorial was built, we made a hand etching of Steve's name, had it framed, and it hang's on my son's wall.
We love and miss our Uncle Steve.
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 11/30/05 - 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
Not a day passes that I don't think of them.Posted on 10/15/05 - by Thomas Chapman ThompsonSer@msn.comAt dawn on the morning of Oct. 29, 1969, Lt. Tom Green and Lt. Stephen MacVean lead our squad of nine Navy, Coast Guard and Vietnamese sailors from Coastal Group "Foxtrot India" against elements of the NVA and Viet Cong. The action took place at the south end of Cu Lao Dung Island in the Bassac River. Our Vietnamese Lt. and SK1 Russell Martinez LeCompte were killed out-right, and Lt. MacVean was mortally wounded. Stephen remained alert and in charge throughout the incident; but as his medevac heliocopter gained altitude above the river, the pilot radioed that Stephen was gone. Lt. Macvean had only been "in country" 4 days!MORE
Thought of Often Over 35 YearsPosted on 9/27/05 - by Clay McQuiddy firstname.lastname@example.orgSteve and I went to Ridgewood High School together, but knew each other best while working summer jobs with the town Shade Tree Department. I have visited Steve's name at the Wall in D.C. and think of him often and will always honor his sacrifice.MORE
Your Friend, Clay McQuiddy
I remember StevePosted on 7/4/03 - by John Mearns, SP/5I went to Ridgewood High School and college with Steve. I remember him as bright, intense and focused. In college he joined NROTC. When the time came, he did not shirk his obligation. From one of the other remembrances, I gather he died the way he lived and you can add honorably to the list. Some of us got lucky and came home alive and whole, others did not. I have always been saddened by the fact that Steve fell into the second group. As is the case with so many, Steve left the country richer for his service and poorer for his death.MORE
Thank you LieutenantPosted on 6/10/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Stephen Sherwood MacVean, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Sir, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you Lieutenant MacVean, for a job well done!
FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND
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.