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LEROY WARREN POPPEMA

  • Wall Name:LEROY W POPPEMA
  • Date of Birth:4/11/1946
  • Date of Casualty:5/16/1968
  • Home of Record:HOSPERS
  • County of Record:SIOUX COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:HN
  • Panel/Row:61E, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

HARRY LEE RILEY JR

HARRY LEE
RILEY JR
  • Wall Name:HARRY L RILEY JR
  • Date of Birth:7/16/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/16/1968
  • Home of Record:CHICAGO
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:61E, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

DAVID J RICKEL


is honored on Panel 61E, Row 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/30/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    David has a military marker in his memory at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs,CO.
  • I will always remember you

    Posted on 7/8/11 - by Rosa Conley Bergen rosa56bergen@hotmail.com
    Dear David,
    I have had your bracelet since I was 15 yrs. old and I always hoped you made your way home. Today I decided to search for you so I could return your bracelet because I always felt that you made it back. I am so sorry and I will always remember you in my thoughts and heart. You are my hero and I am sorry I never got to meet you. God be with you. If there are any family members who would like to have David's bracelet, I'd like to hear from you
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  • Always

    Posted on 8/11/10 - by Lucie Lilly Pawlak dayoflocust@yahoo.com
    I wore David Rickel's POWMIA bracelet in high school. Almost twenty-five years later, I still wear it. I never met him, but his bracelet has been a constant reminder of the sacrifice he and so many others have made and how grateful I am. I went to the Vietnam Memorial Wall last week when I was in Washington, found his name and made a rubbing to take home with me. Thank you, Major Rickel and God Bless your family!
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  • If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. David J. RICKEL, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!

    Posted on 5/26/10
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/22/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

    We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229
    mlokey@aol.com

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

    www.pow-miafamilies.org
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  • L.T.DAVID J.RICKEL LAREDO AFB, TEXAS 1966

    Posted on 2/4/03 - by David S. Bland
    At a auction I bought a box of books that contained a AIR FORCE yearbook . This was an estate sale Mr. Rickel passed in '98 I can't imagine the depth of his sorrow never knowing .
    "Oh , I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    I've chased the shouting wind along , and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Put out my hand and touched the face of GOD." UNKNOWN
    "Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky,be with them always in the air,In darkening storms or sunlight fair .O hear us when we lift our prayer for those in peril in the air." MARY C.D. HAMILTON
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  • U.S. Air Force Academy

    Posted on 1/17/03 - by USAFA AOG
    Photo provided by:
    United States Air Force Academy
    Association of Graduates
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  • U.S. Air Force Academy

    Posted on 1/17/03 - by USAFA AOG
    Photo provided by:
    United States Air Force Academy
    Association of Graduates
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  • friend of family

    Posted on 1/13/00 - by brian v.burns bvburns@bellsouth.net
    dear david,we never met,yet your dad,albert,was very proud of you and very sadden you didn't return home,he taught me alot of what i know of the construction biz,i could have never done it w/out his guidance,haven't been able to find him in the kast few years and fear he has left this world,trust you are finally together and can share your thoughts with him,have angusised over his sorrow and yours,his values,charactor and deciantcy are among the finest i have ever known,please tell al
    that he was one of the greastest influence on me.
    will always picture him on the job,my late father was lt.col usaf ret/reserves,you and your family paid the ultimate for us,i was 4f,in'69,god bless you.
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE FINE YOUNG AIR FORCE PILOTS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 2/24/99 - by CLAY MARSTON cmarston@interlog.com
    MAJOR

    DAVID J. RICKEL

    and

    MAJOR

    GERALD JOSEPH CROSSON JR.



    ON MAY 16, 1968

    THESE TWO PILOTS WERE ASSIGNED A

    MISSION OVER NORTH VIETNAM, IN THEIR

    F4D 'PHANTOM' FIGHTER / BOMBER.

    AT A POINT ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTHWEST

    OF THE CITY OF QUANG KHE,

    QUANG BINH PROVINCE, NORTH VIETNAM,

    THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN.

    OTHER AIRCREW IN THE AREA DID NOT SEE

    ANY PARACHUTES INDICATING THAT THE

    TWO HAD EJECTED FROM THEIR AIRCRAFT,

    NOR DID THEY HEAR ANY EMERGENCY

    RADIO BEEPER SIGNALS. SEARCHES WERE

    EVENTUALLY CANCELLED AND THESE TWO

    FLYERS WERE CLASSIFIED AS BEING

    MISSING IN ACTION.





    DAVID J. RICKEL

    WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

    AT COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

    IN THE CLASS OF 1964

    WHERE HE HAD BEEN NAMED TO THE

    SUPERINTENDENT'S LIST

    FOR ALL EIGHT SEMESTERS FROM

    1961 TO 1964.





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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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.

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.