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is honored on Panel 45E, Line 59 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/30/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Thomas John Ptak, 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 Will Never Forget

    Posted on 9/14/12 - by John Thomas Ryan

    Tommy, I was born four years after your death in Vietnam. I am very proud to have been named after you and to have learned about the man that you were... You barely had time to live your life - thank you for your sacrifice. I hope in some small way I can honor your name. I type this post at age 40 now. I have been a Marine for over 16 years and blessed with four children of my own. My son bears your name as well and in time will learn about you Tommy. Your namesake and your memory will never be forgotten.

    God bless you and keep you brother.

    Semper Fidelis

    John Thomas Ryan

    Major, USMC

  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/11/11 - by Robert Sage
    Thomas is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery, Red Bank,NJ. PH
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 3/23/09 - 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

  • Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 2/7/08
    Thomas J. Ptak is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center. To learn more search on
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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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