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is honored on Panel 3E, Line 90 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/27/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Howard George Riley, 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
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 11/4/11 - by Deborah Riley White
  • The Philadeelphia Inquirer - March 29, 1966

    Posted on 7/28/06 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Mayor, General Join
    In Honoring Slain GI

    An Army reserve General and the Mayor of Philadelphia joined to award posthumous decorations to a young Philadelphian killed in action in Vietnam last November 17.
    Major General John W. Wurts presented the Bronze Star medal to Howard A. Riley, father of Pfc. Howard G. Riley, late of 29 Ithan st. Mayor James H.J. Tate presented the Purple Heart to the slain youth's mother, Evva.
    The ceremony took place in the Mayor's City Hall reception room.
    Riley, an ammunition bearer with the 7th Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division (airmobile), won the Bronze Star for valor in close fighting during a Vietcong attack near the Ia Drang Valley. He fought heroically while exposed to enemy fire.
    Riley, a January, 1960 graduate of West Philadelphia High School enlisted in the Army on April 1, 1964, and received his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

    Photo Caption: Mrs. Howard Riley holds Purple Heart Medal awarded posthumously to her son, Pfc. Howard G., who was killed in Vietnam last November 17. Pfc. Riley also won the Bronze Star for heroism in Ia Drang.
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 4/20/05 - 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

  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/17/05 - by Robert Sage
    Howard is buried at Beverly Nat Cem.
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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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