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  • Date of Birth:2/13/1942
  • Date of Casualty:2/26/1967
  • Home of Record:TACOMA
  • County of Record:PIERCE COUNTY
  • State:WA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row:15E, 99
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


  • Date of Birth:11/4/1946
  • Date of Casualty:2/26/1967
  • Home of Record:KETTLEMAN
  • County of Record:SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:15E, 99
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


is honored on Panel 15E, Row 99 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Childhood friend

    Posted on 2/19/16 - by John Simons
    Steve was our next door neighbor and friend when I was about 8 and 9 years old. He was three years older than me and looked out for me and never saw him again after our family moved in 1962. I never forgot him and our family was sad to hear of his death in 1967
  • Childhood friend

    Posted on 2/19/16 - by John Simons
    Steve was our next door neighbor and friend when I was about 8 and 9 years old. He was three years older than me and looked out for me and never saw him again after our family moved in 1962. I never forgot him and our family was sad to hear of his death in 1967
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Steven Owen Perlewitz, 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
  • Semper Fi, Corporal.

    Posted on 2/26/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • A friend to all.

    Posted on 5/24/13 - by Donald

    I served with Steven as a sniper, I left Vietnam in Feb. just as the unit was moving out on this operation. I met Sgt. Hugh Belhing after He got home and was told about Steven. I remember Steven as a fun loving guy that was always smiling and laughing. A friend to all who knew him. Semper Fi my friend.

  • Photo

    Posted on 3/4/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/4/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • Remembrance

    Posted on 7/13/12 - by Erin Perlewitz

    My uncle is my hero. Never had the chance to meet him but he did so much for me and our country. Proud to be his niece!

  • AHS Class of '65

    Posted on 6/1/12 - by Kathy Kohlbeck
    I was a classmate of Steve's at Algoma High School. He & Jack Rush, another classmate, were drafted into the Marines. We lost both of them in Vietnam. Both were quiet but funny & physically small but wiry & tough. I think of them often & pray for them. I still have the letters I rec'd from them but can't bring myself to read them now--maybe someday. Love, Kathy
  • God Bless You

    Posted on 2/26/11 - by Carol (Cipriani) Haberchak
    Steven Owen Perlewitz,
    God Bless You and the sacrifice you made for your country 44 years ago. The love of my life also lost his life on this same date. I want to honor you for your service and making it possible for many people to live in freedom because of you. You are honored and are now one of God's special angels and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
    Rest in Peace dear soldier.
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 2/26/09 - 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

  • A Hero Remembered

    Posted on 10/15/08 - by Bryce Kelley (8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Medford WI)
    My Eighth grade students at the Medford Area Middle School, Medford, WI have been working on a project to put faces with the names of each of the 1159 men from the state of Wisconsin who are listed on "The Wall." It is our hope that through your picture your legacy will live forever.

    Thank you for your service to your country and for your sacrifice.

    You are not forgotten.

    Photo courtesy of Rita Schiesser (Algoma Public Library)
  • The Final Bridge

    Posted on 7/25/07 - by Steve Conto, Menasha, WI
    Steven "Perl" is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, WI on Highway 54 just west of town. His site is located in the north center section, 6th row in, 3rd column south of the flagpole.
  • Still miss ya, buddy!

    Posted on 9/12/04 - by Eugene Mattke (U.S. Air Force 1967 - 1974--- 25 months in-country)
    I left for Air Force Basic Training on 2/27/67. I found out a few days later that Perl had died the day before I left. I cried. Perl was from Algoma - I was from Sturgeon Bay. Our schools were arch-rivals but we were friends. Perl was a great guy - we did a lot together, some of which we shouldn't have. The standout was when he crashed my 700 c.c. Triumph motorcycle into a garage, knocking it off its foundation and wrecking the slider tubes, which took months to replace from England! We laughed a lot about that one. He walked away from it - I guess he was really relaxed, as we all were. A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to "The Wall" in D.C. I found Perl's name and cried again. Thanks Ed, for the story of what a great soldier Perl was and how he died. I needed to know that - a lot. Rest in peace, Perl - you deserve it!
  • The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Posted on 2/26/04 - by Jesse MacDonald
    My name is Jesse MacDonald, and I am a senior in Gridley High School, in Gridley, Illinois. As part of the Gridley High School Posting Project, my classmates and I are doing our best to see that no fallen veteran shown on this memorial is ever forgotten, and all have the gratitude of our school, our town, and our nation. Thank you for you sacrifice, soldier. You’ve done a good job, and we owe our lives to you.
  • Thank you Corporal Steven Owen Perlewitz

    Posted on 2/26/04 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Steven Owen Perlewitz, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you Corporal Steven Owen Perlewitz, for a job well done!


  • A Tribute to Perl, a Great Man

    Posted on 5/20/00 - by Ed Kugler
    I was Perls Sniper Team partner for several months in Nam. He had just re-upped for his second tour. We were in a lot of crap together and he was one tough kid. And a very nice kid, which at the time I wasnt. I admired his integrity. I was coming off one patrol and he went out on another near Phu Bai. That night he took a mortar between the legs. Blew him in half. But he was one tough dude. He lived for four hours and was medevaced to 3rd Med Battalion where he died about 4 hours later. I was called to identify his body as I was in the Sniper area at Phu Bai, having just came in. I was glad he died. He talked to me often how he loved Algoma, his home town on the shores of Lake Michigan. And how he was going to be a Game Warden when he went home. And as I saw him laying there like a manequin, just half a person ... I was thankful he died and didnt have to contend with what was left. Youre a great man Perl, and we all miss you.

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