The Wall of Faces

Advanced search +


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 109 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • I still keep him in my prayers.

    Posted on 8/1/18 - by Paul Hartley
    I received a bracelet with Col. Pogreba's name as part of the POW/MIA program wh edn I was in high school. To this day I have been praying for him. God bless him.Father Paul Hartley
  • Bracelet

    Posted on 3/4/18 - by Gary A Perez
    My mother gave me a bracelet with your name on it 50 years ago.
    I will never forget your name.
  • Relatives of Col. Dean Pogrega

    Posted on 6/6/16 - by Bruce Hiers
    I visited the Wall this memorial day weekend with the "Run For The Wall" motorcycle ride. I got his rubbing and I had planned to leave my pow-mia bracelet at the wall, but I couldn't. After having it for 45 years, I would rather give it to one of Dean's relatives if they would like. I plan to participate in the RFTW rides in the future. Each time I will leave a picture I got from this website with his status I got from another website. If any of Dean's relatives would like my bracelet I would be happy to give it to them. You can reach me by email at


    P.S. I still remember and rode with the RFTW for Dean.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/4/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Colonel Dean Andrew Pogreba, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Air Force Cross Citation

    Posted on 10/5/13 - by A Vietnam Vet
    Air Force Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel [then Major] Dean Andrew Pogreba (AFSN: 0-52644/AO-776026), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-105D aircraft while serving on temporary duty with the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, in action in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1965. On that date, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba participated as a pilot and mission coordinator for a strike against a highly significant military target. Despite the extreme difficulty of overcast cloud layers, haze, and rain showers, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba flew at low level through mountain passes to the target area while encountering devastating automatic weapons and anti-aircraft artillery fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba climbed to 9,000 feet into over-hanging clouds, which made him highly vulnerable to the hostile ground fire, and delivered his ordnance directly on the target. Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba then emerged from the clouds and though still subjected to intensive ground fire, assisted the other members of his flight in their weapons deliver, assuring complete destruction of this vital target. His courageous actions and determination are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American fighting man under attack by an opposing armed force. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Major Pogreba reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
    Action Date: October 5, 1965

    Service: Air Force

    Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

    Company: 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TDY)

    Division: Yokota Air Base, Japan

    Distinguished Flying Cross
1 2 3

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