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is honored on Panel 10E, Line 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • A Joke

    Posted on 5/18/06 - by Joel's sister, Arlene Bernstein
    i have plenty to say
    A bundle of laughs per minute
    But when my brother died
    I lay down by his coffin-side
    and buried
    my funny-
    bone in it
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 5/21/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    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

  • Joel Bernstein

    Posted on 11/21/02
    Joel Bernstein was my nephew who was killed in vietnam. He is lovingly remembered. Aunt Malka
  • My namesake

    Posted on 5/28/02 - by Ross Joel Presser
    My cousin Joel died eight and a half months before I was born. My mother gave me his name as my middle name.

    I never met Joel but I heard much about him while I was growing up from my family. He was very much loved by all his aunts, uncles and cousins.

    My mom told me that when they learned Joel had been killed, my brothers -- who were about 7 and 10 years old -- put down their toy guns and never played with them again.

    I am proud to bear the name of such a brave man. May he be remembered for the good he did for his family, his country, and all mankind, forever.
  • Joel Bernstein Post 791 Jewish War Veterans

    Posted on 3/9/01 - by Robert Greer
    Joel Bernstein
    Jackson Street, South Philadelphia

    Bernstein played many high school sports, but his favorite activity was swimming. He was on the gymnastics team at South Philadelphia High School and worked as an upholsterer's apprentice before enlisting in the Marine Corps in December 1963. Bernstein told family and friends he felt military service was the "right road" for him. The lance corporal had assignments as a rifleman, messman, guard, recreation assistant, and ammunition carrier and had strong feelings about the U.S., role in Vietnam. "Don't you suppose intellectuals believe that all this publicity and pity for these poor oppressed American youth, suffering from clean underwear, good food and a warm bed to sleep in is sort of directed to the wrong group?" he wrote in a letter to a magazine that had been critical of escalating American involvement in the war. "What about the boys - I refer to age when I say boys - over here in Vietnam being killed, and maimed for life because they have the gumption to come and fight . . . I can only hope that my mother never receives one of those fatal telegrams." Bernstein later returned to Vietnam for a second tour of duty, and was assigned to Company E of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He died in Quang Tri Province on Aug. 25, 1966, at the age of 19. Joel Bernstein Post 791 of the Jewish War Veterans in Holme Circle was named in his honor. He was survived by his parents and a sister.

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.