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is honored on Panel 24W, Line 11 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Hey buddy

    Posted on 6/21/18 - by Thomas Pangburn-US Naval Air
    Thinking of you today. You are not forgotten.
  • I remember you were so close to coming home

    Posted on 3/13/18 - by Joanne Weeter
    I remember you were so close to coming home when you were electrocuted. I was 11 years old when my family heard you died in an accident in Vietnam. I was too young to fully understand. I do remember you were friends with my family and that you came from a small town in Indiana.Your grandmother made patchwork, handstitched quilts and we had one that was a gift from you. So young. So sad. RIP Mike. May peace be with you. We will never forget you and your sacrifice.
  • Rest In Peace, Michael

    Posted on 12/25/16 - by Thomas Pangburn
    I remember our train ride out of Louisville to boot camp, and our time there in training. I visited your grave in Mt. Zion cemetery last time I was home. I think about our brief time together, and think of you fondly.

    Salute to you, Michael, this Christmas day, 2016.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/22/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CN Michael William Rector, 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
  • Remembering a buddy...

    Posted on 5/30/16 - by Thomas Pangburn VAQ-134
    We took the train together from Louisville, Kentucky in October 1967 for basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. I remember our days there, and our leaving there. I left for aviation school at NATTC MFS; you into the Construction Seabees. I heard of your death in 1967 though my sister, who sent me a notice of your death. I have prayed at your grave several times when I made trips back to Indiana. I only knew you for a short time, but remember you as a friend. Rest Peacefully, dear Michael...salute, and thank you.
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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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