My Cousin SammyPosted on 1/23/16 - by Claudia Carson EckelsSammy was my first cousin; my mother's brother's son. He originally enlisted at age 15; but was forced to leave the Army when they determined his age. He re-enlisted again. Sadly, he did not serve very long before his death. A true patriot; he loved his country. Sammy grew up in modest circumstances with his mother, older brother, Richard, and his sister, Debbie. His death had such an impact upon his family. I first visited you at the wall in 1977, and have been back many times. Rest in peace. Sammy, we miss you.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/12/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear PFC Salvatore Alfred Rowe, sirMORE
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
For PFC Salvatore A. ROWE, USA...Plainfield's hero, whom I knew when we were kids in school!!!!!!!!!Posted on 12/9/11 - by John E. PritchardHe loved us so.MORE
Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
He loved us so.
Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed usn so.
With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
He was our defender, and he kept us free!
He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
He loved us so, and we should know.
For we loved him so. Sammy, I will remember you for the rest of my days here on God's greenn earth, until He calls me to His Throne to join you. You were one of Plainfield's bravest heroes, and you sacrificed your life doing what I also wanted to do when I was in the Army also.
I have three top songbirds I admire....Jill Corey, Julie Andrews, and Dusty Springfield...and I am free in our country to listen to them on CDs. Thanks for your sacrifice for freedom and justice.
WE rememberPosted on 5/2/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgSal is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, NJ. BSM
Rest In PeacePosted on 12/13/05 - by Vietnam Veteran MORE
friendPosted on 1/10/05 - by Donna Hagaman Martinek email@example.comI remember Sammy from Plainfield Roller Rink. He didn't skate as much as his brother Richard and I'm not sure his sister Debbie skated at all..but IMORE
do remember those Army fatigues...he always had them on. Sammy,it was a sad day when I heard you had died. I had lost touch with most everyone from Plainfield when the rink was replaced with the Police Station..but I do remember probably the last time I saw you, standing on the street corner..in Plainfield, fatigues on and that beautiful smile.
God Bless you..and thanks for defending our country.
Ultimate WarriorPosted on 11/26/02 - by MSG Joseph F. MurphyA day doesn't go by that I don't think of Sal and what he could have been had he returned.
If I should die...this remembrance is for PFC Sammy Rowe, USA...a brave soldier from Plainfield, New Jersey!Posted on 11/6/00 - by John E. PritchardIf 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.MORE
A kid I knew before he went to war. But he was brave.Posted on 8/3/00 - by John E> PritchardSammy was one class behind me at Stillman School back in Plainfield back in '60-61. He was always wearing those Army fatigues to class, the ones with sergeants'sstripes on it. That caught my eye. I figured he wanted to be a soldier. Turned out I was right. But I wanted to go to Vietnam after I graduated in '67 from Plainfield High, so I went into the Army. Maybe had I been sent there, Sammy would probably be alive today! But the boys in the Five-sided Puzzle Palace, aka the Pentagon, sent me to Germany probably because I took German and French back at PHS. But I truly wanted to go to Nam...I wanted to become my class's Custer or Patton. Instead, I'm the Jason McCord of my class, although I was NOT branded a coward. But Sammy was truly brave. He sparkled, of course. But I remembered him a such a little kid, and later on he felt that he had to go over to Nam. I had that same desire, too, though unfortunately I was sent to Germany instead! But I feel that soldiers risk their lives to DEFEND LIBERTY EVERYWHERE! Sammy did more than I, unfortunately, though the desire was as intense in my heart as was in Sammy's.MORE
I hereby salute you, Sammy, for you have done your duty in that war-torn land! You have done more than I did. But unfortunately, you lost your life doing what I wanted to do! We both loved our country, we knew we were BORN FREE! Even though I was one class ahead of you, I also wanted to fight for our country. And so, Sammy, until God calls me to His Throne, I'll think of you and the other men from our home town who won't come home no more! Yes, Sammy, many friends remain forever, on that bloody shore! I hereby conclude in saying that you, Sammy, were one of the best and bravest soldiers the Army ever knew! You were taken by God when you had the most to offer! Your devotion to DUTY, your devotion to HONOR, and ABOVE ALL! your devotion to God and our Country, the land that you loved, the LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE...will never...I say again...will NEVER be extinguished from our minds! Well done, Sammy.
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.