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MELVIN MASAICHI YAMASHITA

  • Wall Name:MELVIN M YAMASHITA
  • Date of Birth:9/18/1946
  • Date of Casualty:10/24/1969
  • Home of Record:HONOLULU
  • County of Record:HONOLULU CITY AND COUNTY
  • State:HI
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:17W, 115
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH

BENJAMIN F BENNETT JR

  • Wall Name:BENJAMIN F BENNETT JR
  • Date of Birth:8/20/1948
  • Date of Casualty:10/25/1969
  • Home of Record:DENHAM SPRINGS
  • County of Record:LIVINGSTON PARISH
  • State:LA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:17W, 116
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

ADRIAN ALAN AKINS


is honored on Panel 17W, Line 118 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/11/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    DEAR SPEC 5 AKINS,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A COMBAT ENGINEER.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering my warrior friend

    Posted on 10/30/13 - by Richard W Confer
    I can't believe it has been 44 years since we got the news that you were not coming back to base camp. I can remember being stunned for quite some time afterwards. We as a company had one less quality soldier in our ranks. We carried on with heavy hearts. You are still thought of after all this time and will continue to be.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/8/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Adrian Alan Akins, 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
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/20/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Adrian is buried at Leroy Baptist Church Cemetery,Cordova, AL. BSM
  • Your Angel Day

    Posted on 10/25/09 - by 60's Girl
    My mere words of “thank you" cannot express the way I really feel about
    your service to our country and the ultimate sacrifice that you made. But, I do most humbly thank you.

    Although others might feel that the loss of your life was in vain and that the Vietnam War was a senseless war, I am one American who does not feel this way. I believe that what you did for our country was not in vain, but has and will always be an influence for good for us today and for countless generations to come.

    Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for what was right and for paying the ultimate price.

    In your honor today on your Angel Day I leave this short poem for you:

    "There is not greater love than this.
    There is not a greater gift that can ever be given.
    To be willing to die, so another might live.
    There is not greater love than this.”
    ~ Steven Curtis Chapman
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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.