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CHARLES ALTON POE


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 125 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Charles Alton Poe, 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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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/10/12 - by A Marine

    Semper Fi, Marine.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/22/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Charles is buried at Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora,CA. PH-GS
  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/5/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors. (Photo Credit: Antonio Gonzales)
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  • The Final Inspection

    Posted on 6/4/10 - by Lt. Bob Keller bkeller614@aol.com
    THE FINAL INSPECTION



    The Marine stood and faced God,

    Which must always come to pass.

    He hoped his shoes were shining,

    Just as brightly as his brass..

    'Step forward now, Gyrene,

    How shall I deal with you?

    Have you always turned the other cheek?

    To My Church have you been true?'

    The Gyrene squared his shoulders and said,

    'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

    Because those of us who carry guns,

    Can't always be a saint.

    I've had to work most Sundays,

    And at times my talk was tough.

    And sometimes I've been violent,

    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,

    That wasn't mine to keep...

    Though I worked a lot of overtime,

    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,

    Though at times I shook with fear..

    And sometimes, God, forgive me,

    I've wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don't deserve a place,

    Among the people here.

    They never wanted me around,

    Except to calm their fears

    If you've a place for me here, Lord,

    It needn't be so grand.

    I never expected or had too much,

    But if you don't, I'll understand.

    There was a silence all around the throne,

    Where the saints had often trod.

    As the Gyrene waited quietly,

    For the judgment of his God.

    'Step forward now, you Leatherneck,

    You've borne your burdens well.

    Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

    You've done your time in Hell.'



    Author Unknown~
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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.

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