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is honored on Panel 57E, Line 34 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/20/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Claude Douglas Protz, 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
  • I said your name at the wall

    Posted on 11/14/12 - by Jessica Rabbit

    and posted it on my wall.

    RIP Warrior... you're so fortunate to have been remembered so fondly.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/11/11 - by Robert Sage
    Claude is buried at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Elmhurst,IL. PH
  • To my uncle Claude

    Posted on 11/11/10 - by Brian Myers
    Uncle Claude,

    I never had the chance to know you, not in person, and not in the traditional meaning of the phrase. My whole childhood I was told by those near and dear that it was you I most resembled in mind, body and spirit. I have always carried that as a source of pride. Especially since in the next breath, those family members would usually recount stories about you, about how wonderful you were to be around, about how much you were loved, and missed. About the strong hero you were in their lives.

    I want you to know that you are carried on. In the DNA of the son you never met, my cousin Doug, who has grown into a fine man. In the hearts of your mother, my Grandmother, and your sister, my Mother. In the hearts of your family and friends who have never forgotten you. And in the heart and memories of a little boy, now a man, your nephew, who never got to meet you, but still hopes to live up to the legend of a man to whom he was so admirably measured.

    I know that no man, in reality, lives up to the truth of his legend, but that is what legends are for. Your legend recounts a tale of love, and an indomitable character who touched the lives of all who encountered your presence.

    In the dark tragedy that was your early death, there has come light. In my attempt to be that man of my childhood legend, I have grown to be better than I would have, and for that the world, even if it is only my little corner of it, is a better place. It does not replace your absence, but hopefully it mitigates the loss.

    I would have loved to have known you, but that was not to be our play. Today, on the 92nd anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to World War I, and 40 years, 6 months and 2 days after you left this world, you are still remembered and loved. I am proud of the name inscribed on the Wall, but there is so much more of you left in this world.


    Your Nephew
  • I Haven't Forgotten a Good Friend

    Posted on 10/13/05 - by Bob Julien - Scottsdale, AZ
    Claude, we were HS classmates and good friends. This year we celebrated our 40th HS class reunion. Many are gone, some are lost but you my friend are not forgotten!
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The Wall of Faces

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