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is honored on Panel 13E, Line 99 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/29/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Gary W Prather, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/26/12 - by Robert Sage

    Gary is buried at Rose Lawn Memorial Garden, Crystal City,MO. BSM PH


    Posted on 3/25/06 - by James A.Donnelly
    Gary and I had only known each other for three months before he was killed in Dak To. On 12/29/66 our squad was on a recon of a high speed trail in the mountains of Dak To. Before returning to our platoon we decided to take a breather and finish off what was left of are rations. We were due for resupply the day before but it didn't work out. I had a little water and Gary had a c-rat choclate, we split what we had together. We advised the platoon leader what the trail looked like. We were told to return to the platoon and pick up our rut sacks. When we arrived the platoon had already taken off up the trail. I was the point man that day Gary was my slackman. The Lt. told us to double time to the front to resume are positions. Just as we were within eight men from the front the ambush was sprung. We started to assualt up hill into some bambo thickets. The NVA had holes dug into the mountain side, Gary was killed right off. I have missed Gary every day for almost forty years.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/25/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

  • Brother Eagles

    Posted on 12/26/05 - by Dale Hansen
    Brother Gary, you have met your “Rendezvous with Destiny”! We will never forget the sacrifice you made.

    Above The Rest!
    Your 327th Brothers


The Wall of Faces

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