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MELVIN HILTON SANDERS


is honored on Panel 39E, Line 53 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Melvin Hilton Sanders, 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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  • Remembering Melvin (

    Posted on 6/18/10 - by Connie (Hailey) Geer
    Just happened onto this website & memories of this brave young man, Melvin ("Bubba") Sanders sprung anew - visions of growing up in the "Village" to the last day I saw him - are so vivid, it's almost as if it were yesterday. It was at our trad'l WHHS football game on Thanksgiving day ('67), the week he shipped out. At that very moment I recall thinking that he was a little too "gung ho" for me, but he was so proud, so fired up & so ready to "go do his job" defending our country. He & my husband John (who shipped out a week later) went on & on with war talk, then I hugged him, wished him well & said so-long - thinking of the potential risk, but praying that it wouldn't happen, especially since we'd already lost his brother Bruce years before. Less than 3 months later, I was angry, sad & scared as I said a tearful "good-bye" at his gravesite with taps playing, guns firing and a flag replacing him. The only comfort was knowing that despite the risk, this is what he was unselfishly willing to do. Just want to say thanks, Bubba, for the ultimate sacrifice you made & that you'll always be missed & remembered. John returned home safe, but not sound, and our marriage suffered the consequences. Whenever Melvin's Mom & sister visit home from CO, we reminisce about him and the old FPV days. Still saddened that wars continue to rage and young men (as well as women now) continue to die, and despite my reservations about the necessity of war, I honor the commitment & service of those past and present and pray for them and their families and still say "God Bless America".
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/18/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Melvin is buried at Lakeview cemetery in New Canaan, Conn.



    Note from VVMF: We received a message stating that the cemetery is in Bridgeport, Conn.
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  • My Friend Melvin

    Posted on 8/2/08 - by Bonnie Burdge Simpson bonbrg@aol.com
    I got to know Melvin during the time he attended Harding. I was very short and Melvin used to make a path for me every day up the stairs. He was funny, and kind. I will always remember attending the church service for his funeral. In all these years I never forgotten him.
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 10/28/05 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "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 heros 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 heros 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
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The Wall of Faces

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