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is honored on Panel 12W, Line 119 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Francis O'Reilly

    Posted on 12/27/15 - by Vernon Neece
    Francis & I briefly served together in early 1970 with the Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 14th Engineer Battalion (Combat) in Northern I Corp, RVN. We had both been trained 11B10 - Light Weapons Infantry, but were assigned to an engineer unit. Francis joined the unit just a few short weeks after I did. He worked on a survey team in our S-3 group. He was working at 1 of the firebases along the DMZ when they came under attack by a bunch of sappers. Francis was killed while exiting his bunker.

    When I came into the unit I was interested in the survey team position Francis was eventually assigned to. However, I had already been designated to be the Company Clerk's replacement. I have never forgotten it could have been me at that firebase instead Francis.
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear PFC Francis Joseph O'reilly, sir,

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

  • Honored to carry forth your name

    Posted on 12/22/04 - by Francis Joseph McNamara
    I only wish we had an opportunity to meet; you are my uncle and my namesake. I have heard innumerous stories about your vibrant life from my mother and aunts. Your courage has assured me that I'll never have to search long for a hero to admire when I'm reminded of one each time I scroll my name. God bless.

    Francis Joseph McNamara
  • Missing you always

    Posted on 7/21/04 - by
    Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I remember you for all the things that made you special. I wish you never had to go to Vietnam. I remember you in my prayers each & every day. I know you are home safe in God's hands. Til we meet again.
    Love Always,
  • April 10, 1970 - a sad day for my family

    Posted on 7/20/04 - by Maureen, sister
    Loving you, missing you always, till we meet again, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

    I think of Francis playing basketball and walking up our hometown street, of being so full of promise and of his life being cut so short and the sadness of it all. He was an only son with three sisters. My parents pride and joy.
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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.

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