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WALTER ROY SCHMIDT JR

  • Wall Name:WALTER R SCHMIDT JR
  • Date of Birth:11/18/1945
  • Date of Casualty:6/9/1968
  • Home of Record:NASSAU
  • County of Record:RENSSELAER COUNTY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Line:58W, 14
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

DONATO JOSEPH SIMIELE

  • Wall Name:DONATO J SIMIELE
  • Date of Birth:8/28/1946
  • Date of Casualty:6/9/1968
  • Home of Record:AMSTERDAM
  • County of Record:MONTGOMERY COUNTY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:58W, 14
  • Casualty Province:GIA DINH

RICKY LEE SHACKELFORD


is honored on Panel 58W, Line 14 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/9/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Ricky Lee Shackelford, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Catching Horned Toads Together

    Posted on 2/28/12 - by Don Olandese zukeeper@hotmail.com
    I lived two houses south of Ricky in second grade, on Eastern Avenue. We used to have a great time catching Horned Toads and other creatures in our yards. I never dreamed we'd have Vietnam in our futures as we entered adulthood...sent his mom (and sis, i think) some pics of his name on the wall in DC in about 1999. She'd never been to DC.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/5/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Ricky is buried at Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK. PH
  • My High School Buddy

    Posted on 3/21/06 - by Michael Carretero mcar442@cox.net
    Ricky,
    It's been a long time buddy. Going on 38 years now since you since you left us.
    Ricky was my high-school buddy. We went to Crooked Oak High School together and
    graduated in 1967. We lived in Del City which was a suburb of Oklahoma City.
    Ricky was the most happy go lucky guy I ever met. He always had this great smile.
    I tried to get Ricky to go to college with me, to at least prolong the draft,
    because we knew we would eventually have to go. His dad got him a job at Tinker,
    AFB. It didn't take long before Ricky was drafted.
    Ricky, I'll never forget the partying you and I did the New Year's while you
    were home on leave before heading to Nam.
    I'll also never forget the day I came home after my classes and my mother crying
    and telling me you had been killed. I felt I had lost a part of me!!
    I did eventually end up getting drafted and was assigned to the 1st/327th, 101st
    Airborne from 1970 to 1971.

    I wanted to let you know, you are still missed, brother!

    Your high-school buddy
    Michael Carretero,
    Class of 1967
    Mcar442@cox.net

    All Gave Some, Some Gave All
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  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 6/9/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Ricky, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today.
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