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CHESTER MELVIN OVNAND


is honored on Panel 7E, Line 46 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Connected by family

    Posted on 5/21/17 - by Ada McArthur
    I did not know you, but did know your father, my great Uncle Bert. He taught me how to start a front crank automobile. My husband's name is also on the wall. Whenever I visit a travelling wall, I look for you name and honor you.
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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 6/4/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    MAJ Dale R. Buisand and MSG Chester M. Ovnand were assigned to Advisory Team Bien Hoa, MAAGV Advisors, MAAGV. On July 8, 1959, they were killed at Bien Hoa, twenty miles northeast of Saigon, when the Vietcong ambushed the mess hall during intermission of a movie the Americans were watching. The movie, “The Tattered Dress,” was playing before the attack. Ovnand rose to turn on the lights to change the reel when the enemy surrounded their target and opened fire. The advisors were killed instantly. Two Vietnamese guards were also killed. Buis had been part of the Military Assistance Advisory Group sent in 1955 to train South Vietnam troops. He was formerly the first name listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and various web sources]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear MSGT Chester Melvin Ovnand, 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
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/15/12 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com

    Chester is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City,OK. BSM-CR

  • 2 AMERICANS KILLED BY SAIGON TERRORISTS, Stars and Stripes, July 10, 1959

    Posted on 12/13/10 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    The headline as it appeared in the Stars and Stripes (Pacific edition) on July 10, 1959.
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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 www.buildthecenter.org.