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is honored on Panel 49E, Line 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'll always miss you Joe

    Posted on 6/3/18
    We were buddies at Fort Campbell,we flew out of Fort Campbell to Vietnam Dec.1968.
    We both liked music and would talk for hours about his band and my brothers band.He was going to come home with me to visit.
    When he told me that he had joined our aero rifle platoon I was concerned because they were loosing a lot of people.Joe was tough but I could tell by his tone that the going was rough.
    I had come in off patrol when I received the news about Joe.
    I was wounded in action one month later.
    I loved him like a brother,be is fresh in my memory and I miss him.
  • Small stature...Big heart

    Posted on 5/30/17 - by Larry Drown
    Joey was the kid brother of one of my friends, growing up in a small NY village. He was scrappy and able to take care of himself from a young age.

    I was stationed overseas and didn't learn of his death until my hometown papers caught up with me several weeks later.

    The news was a shock, because I hadn't realized that he had enlisted.

    Through comments the Wall memorial page I was able to reconnect with his brother and meet the man who was with him when he was killed.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/14/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Joseph A Puryear, 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
  • You stood tall...

    Posted on 6/10/09 - by Larry D.
    Growing up, in Cayuga, you were just my friend Don's kid brother.

    But you stood up tall for your country Joey.

    Rest well.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/2/06 - 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

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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.