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is honored on Panel 22E, Line 114 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Photo Remembrances from the Field

    Posted on 10/6/15 - by Richard L. Dieterle
    I remember John Salmieri from just one occasion when I happened to pass by when he was making people laugh. I remember his Brooklyn accent. When I got back from the hospital after recovering from cellulitus, I reported to our rear area at LZ English (July 2, 1967). They said there was a firefight in progress, and that I was to stay there and help them. It was late in the day, and they had two rifles to be cleaned, both jammed with clotted blood. Salmieri's was in the open position (rather like a shotgun) and a ram rod was stuck down the barrel. He had been unable to knock out the piece of brass stuck in his M-16 chamber and was killed while trying to do this. He and Howeiler were found side by side in either a foxhole or a depression in the ground where they had taken cover.

    In the photo, we see Salmieri sitting on what appears to be a bridge rail while another unidentified soldier drinks from a beer bottle. This was in May, 1967.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/27/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 John Dominick Salmieri, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/1/10 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. BSM ARCOM AM PH

    Posted on 5/8/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • A Memorial

    Posted on 11/22/02 - by Anthony F. Benfatti
    ... You fearlessly sacrificed all, fell before us--those destined to return to the 'world' and continue...
    ... you challenge us to courageously act in accord with good conscience and necessity, during trying times, when we are called to do so, or when we realize that we must.

    My friend of early youth from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish...

    Rest always in Peace, always in Memory...
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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.