Remembering An American HeroPosted on 1/28/14 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear CPL James Edward Self, 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
A Sad DayPosted on 9/3/12 - by Robert email@example.com
It is a sad today because I found James's name on the Wall. The last time I saw James was in 1958. We were friends and neighbors on the west side of Madisonville. I moved away to Ohio that year and lost track of him. I've thought of James many times over the past 54 years not knowing he had given the ultimate sacrifice for me and our country.
He was a kind and gentle friend and I'm proud to have known him.
We RememberPosted on 5/5/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgJames is buried at Sunset Cemetery in Madisonville, TN. PH
Never ForgottenPosted on 12/26/09 - by Duane Hill (Retired USA)
I never really knew you but we are related by blood...my mother was from the same Self Family Line. I will make sure my family tree is handed down to my sons and daughter so you will not be forgotten by our family on this side...RSP Brother....
ThanksPosted on 10/26/09 MORE
Juniors at Hayward High School (WI)Posted on 4/7/08 - by email@example.comThe Juniors at Hayward (WI) High School would like to thank James for his ultimate sacrifice. James has been added to their US History II classes’ virtual wall.MORE
NEVER FORGOTTENPosted on 7/25/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
Bring Back The NamesPosted on 5/19/04 - by Alicia MartinIn honor of your ultimate sacrifice to guarantee the freedom we enjoy and many times take for granted,the 8th grade class of Vonore Elementary School made it our goal to travel to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington,D.C. and "Bring Back The Names" of our heroes from Monroe County Tennessee.On May 9,2004 we arrived back in Vonore aboard the bus that had taken twenty-nine of our fellow students, two teachers and nine parents to Washington,D.C. to see you and your fellow fallen soldiers names not only return home but return home together.The trip was a very learning and fun experience.MORE
James was the sweetest personPosted on 3/29/01 - by Barbara CornettJames and his mom and dad were our neighbors and we became extremely close to James and his mom. They were like family to us and they both were the sweetest people you would ever hope to meet.MORE
I will always remember James as an innocent, sweet young man. It is very difficut to think of him as a soldier. But I know that given his character, he would be among the first to volunteer to do what he deemed to be his duty for his country. I love you James and will always remember you.
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.