Remembering an American HeroPosted on 5/23/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear PFC Ralph W Blackerby, 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
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I was with youPosted on 8/15/10 - by Darwin E. Reid email@example.comRalph I was with in a few feet of you when "puff"" rained down it's waterfall like bullets. I was with you as a medic when we took you up the hill to get on a chopper for med. evac. I have remembered you and your name and have told many friends and relatives about your bravery. You and the machine gun you carried saved many lives,many times. We still remember and Thank You. I love You! Darwin E. Reid firstname.lastname@example.orgMORE
Gone But Not Forgotten!!Posted on 7/6/09 - by Mary Ann McKenzie email@example.comWally, Not a day goes by that I haven't thought of you. You were so young and so far from home, I hope you are at peace. I am sorry you never got to see my family.MORE
We RememberPosted on 7/5/08 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgRalph is buried at IOOF Cemetery in Marion,IN.
My FriendPosted on 3/29/08 - by Thomas J. Blue email@example.comRW. We first met on November 18, 1966 when you returned to the platoon after your stay in LBJ. I was the Lieutenant who had been in country only two months; you were the Private who had been there for 11 months. Two days later we faced an enemy together and you taught me the meaning of courage under fire. For this you received the Silver Star and I obtained a new RTO. We worked well together; we were a good team. You went home on leave and got married. I told you not to come back but stubborn as you were you did come back to your platoon. By then I had moved on to a new assignment. You continued to distinguish yourself. I wish I had been with you that day near the South China Sea. Maybe I could have made a difference.MORE
You became a part of my life that few knew. You were with me when I got married. You were with me when I returned for a second tour. You were with me when my son was born. You were with me throughout the 22 years I remained in the Army.
I know you have probably smiled the many times you've seen me standing in front of that black marble running my finger over your name. No matter what time of the day or night you were always there to listen while I was trying to work out an issue but unlike the many years before only I heard your counsel.
I have again moved and don't get to the Wall very often. I miss the comfort of your closeness. Sleep well my friend, you are in my prayers and thoughts. TJ
Thank YouPosted on 5/10/03 - by Tim PetersI served in the same Battalion in Vietnam as Ralph Blackerby. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to know him and serve directly with him. As a representative of our Battalion, I want to thank Ralph Blackerby for his service, his courage and his sacrifice. Rest in peace, Ralph, you are not forgotten. This is written on behalf of all the men of the 35th Infantry.MORE
CACTI FOREVERPosted on 12/25/01 - by Ben YoumansB Company, 1/35th, 3rd Brigade, 25th Inf Division.MORE
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
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 www.buildthecenter.org.