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KERMIT BRUCE ROBERTS

  • Wall Name:KERMIT B ROBERTS
  • Date of Birth:8/29/1935
  • Date of Casualty:5/18/1969
  • Home of Record:KEY WEST
  • County of Record:MONROE COUNTY
  • State:FL
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:TSGT
  • Panel/Line:24W, 48
  • Casualty Province:BIEN HOA

GARY JEROME J SCHEULEN

  • Wall Name:GARY J SCHEULEN
  • Date of Birth:4/11/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/18/1969
  • Home of Record:WESTPHALIA
  • County of Record:OSAGE COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:24W, 49
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

RUDOLPH ROSSI


is honored on Panel 24W, Line 49 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/1/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Rudolph Rossi, 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
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  • Always in my heart

    Posted on 5/18/06 - by Barb bjd@tpcoinc.com
    Gone 37 years still miss you
  • We Remember

    Posted on 4/3/05 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Rudy is buried at Cypress Hills Nat Cem.
  • DEATH COULD STRIKE FROM ANY DIRECTION IN NEW KIND OF WAR

    Posted on 9/21/00 - by CLAY MARSTON
    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

    RUDOLPH ROSSI


    COMPANY " C "

    501st INFANTRY

    101st AIRBORNE DIVISION

    " THE SCREAMING EAGLES "





    DEATH COULD STRIKE FROM ANY DIRECTION IN NEW KIND OF WAR


    --- VIETNAM: THEN AND NOW


    The young Americans who went off to Vietnam discovered it was unlike any war
    their dads had fought - death could come at any time from any direction.

    JAY TRINA was having mess in a Buddhist temple near HUE in June 1968, just
    weeks after the ancient city had been blown to bits during the TET OFFENSIVE.

    He was 21 days short of going home on leave.

    "A grenade came in and wounded five of us," said Trina, 52, a logistics-management
    specialist for the Defense Department. The attack left him with a surgically implanted
    protective plate in his head.

    "I never knew what hit me. Next thing I know I was outside on the ground and a
    corpsman [medic] was cutting off my boots. Part of my skull was missing, I got hit in
    both arms, the stomach and twice in my left leg. I was lucky - a couple of guys lost limbs.

    "But, I'm proud I served. I'd do it all over again."

    Trina's story is typical of the horrors servicemen faced as they walked patrol in the dense
    jungle against a faceless enemy, something that required a new kind of valor in a war with
    no definitive front lines.

    "It's not like the movies," said KHE SANH Marine veteran LEE KLEIN of Manhattan, 59,
    who still sports a crew cut.

    "There are very few clean wounds. There are shattered bodies and limbs, especially from
    mines and booby traps. They take off the legs and feet. It's shocking in terms of
    nastiness of the wounds. But you dealt with it and boot camp made you keep going."

    SAL PULEO remembers the carnage caused by boob traps.

    "It was our greatest fear, without a doubt - it was the GI's nightmare," said Puleo, a
    1971 - 1972 Army veteran, who runs FRANCESCA's PIZZA on the Upper East Side.

    Puleo said he could never beat the anxiety.

    "I was on leave in Australia once," he said. "I remember laying in bed and I looked
    at my legs and prayed to God I wouldn't lose them."

    East New York native TOM MAZZA saw a brave boyhood friend, RUDY ROSSI, fall at
    HAMBURGER HILL on May 18, 1969. Rossi was walking point.

    "The sad thing is he didn't have to do it," said Mazza, 52. "He didn't want a young guy
    to go up front who didn't know how to do it. So he volunteered."

    Mazza, steward at VFW Post 7336 in Glendale, Queens, still grapples with what might
    have been.

    "We were going to go into business together," Mazza fondly said of Rossi, with whom he
    used to drag-race on Cross Bay Boulevard. "We were going to build racing cars."

    Even in combat, there were moments of utter relief - sometimes comic - after the hail
    of bullets and rockets and artillery shells and grenades ceased.

    SEKOU SHEPARD, 53, of Manhattan, thought he was a dead man on the night of July 13,
    1967. He was on duty sitting in a sand-bagged "fighting hole" outside a bunker at the
    sprawling DA NANG Marine Base.

    He and some buddies were watching the awesome beauty of the AC-47 "PUFF THE
    MAGIC DRAGON" gunship slowly hovering over their fortress. It was pouring down
    gorgeous red streams - 6000 rounds of bullets per minute - from each of its three
    Gatling guns.

    Moments later a buzzing sound ripped overhead.

    "I said 'HELL, those planes are coming in low,"' Shephard thought.

    But when two or three more immediately followed, it was obvious these were not planes
    but enemy rounds.

    "All of a sudden, something hit me. I felt my body armor in the back and something had
    ripped it up. I felt underneath it, and there was wet stuff."

    Shephard hightailed it out of the immediate area to another nearby bunker where several
    grunts had their M-16's anxiously trained on him.

    They said, 'You're stupid,'" remembered Shepard, who was still frantically inspecting
    himself for wounds.

    "All of a sudden, I hear laughter. I said 'What's so funny ?"

    They said, 'That's not blood, it's sweat !"



    transcribed from a column in the

    NEW YORK POST

    Wednesday, April 19, 2000

    by

    NEIL GRAVES








    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • "The Mayor of Charlie Company"

    Posted on 9/5/00 - by Don Gourley; 2-6, C Co, 1/501
    Rudy; always ready to share with everyone--friendship, a joke, good advice or those great Italian deli treats the family always sent. A brave soldier and a good man who will never be forgotten.
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