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CHRISTOPHER ORAN BOLSTER


is honored on Panel 36W, Line 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 4/24/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SERGEANT BOLSTER,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRYMAN. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. IT WAS JUST EASTER - GOD'S BLESSINGS ON YOU.
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  • too young to leave us

    Posted on 12/13/14 - by Tim Kelly
    it has been 46 years since I lost a friend. Chris was my squad leader and as such, It was his job to keep us alive. In stateside training (tigerland) they can only teach you so much. When the bullits start flying and guys drop beside you, you realize that this is the real deal. Rules are different in combat and Chris gave us the tools to stay alive. He was a cool, calm guy under fire. The Viet Cong may have taken his life, but not his memory. He will always be missed. Rest in peace, my brother.
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  • A SOLDIERS SOLDIER

    Posted on 11/25/14 - by TIM KELLY
    I WAS A NEW RECRUIT FRESH TO VIETNAM AND WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ASSIGNED TO A SQUAD LED BY SGT BOLSTER. CHRIS AND I BECAME FRIENDS AND HIS LEADERSHIP PROBABLY KEPT ME ALIVE DURING THOSE FIRST FEW WEEKS IN COUNTRY. I REMEMBER WE TALKED ABOUT HIM EXTENDING IN COUNTRY. I WAS CRUSHED WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THE LAND MINE. WHAT A GREAT GUY AND DID NOT DESERVE THE HAND HE WAS DEALT. I STILL HAVE PICTURES THAT I TREASURE.
    TO HIS FAMILY...KNOW THAT NOT ONLY WAS CHRIS MY HERO BUT WAS LOOKED UP TO DURING HIS TIME IN COUNTRY. I WILL ALWAYS REMEBER. THANK YOU.
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  • I miss you still

    Posted on 5/26/14
    Ah, Chris, my heart still hurts that you are gone. What fun we had growing up together and with Doug and Rosalyn. From brothers against sisters football, trapshooting and hunting, to boy/girl hide and seek and my first kiss while hiding from Doug and Rosalyn. Mom and Dad thought your 18 was too old for my 14 but they never forbid us because they loved you like a son and knew you were honorable. Gosh, when you married it broke my heart. I never told you but was going to when you came home but you never did. None of us were ever the same. Doug still has guilt because you were best buddies and only five days apart in age. You were supposed to go together but they took you and not him because of his recently broken leg. When I went to Forest Lawn your flag draped casket was so heartbreakingly beautiful in the pretty chapel. It was just you and me, one more time. I prayed and cried for you and when I left there was a rabbit right outside the door. I felt at peace then, feeling that you would be all right in Heaven and that rabbit was somehow symbolic of your love of hunting. I've missed you for 46 years and will for always, my Chris.
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  • A lifetime of friendship

    Posted on 5/25/14 - by Ron Erickson
    I used to ride my bike to Chris!s house when we were in 4th grade. After HS graduation we worked at the same grocery store. He worked day's, I nights. I was drafted December 67, and was assigned to the 9th Inf where by chance I met up with Chris. I had not known he was drafted yet alone in Vietmam. That was in May 1968. The next time I saw him was in December 1969. He was supposed to be home. He told me that he had extended his tour for two months in order to take advantage of an early out program. He said that he was no longer in the field and so was not at risk. A few weeks later I saw his name in the Stars & Stripes as a KIA. Chris was in a mechanized unite, he had been every where and saw it all. He is my hero. I ware a bracelet with his name, and I will do my best to be the best man and American I can be because of his sacrifice. May God Bless his 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.

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.