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  • PFC Lewis Albanese's grave

    Posted on 7/8/11 - by
    PFC Lewis Albanese is buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, WA.
  • To honor a friend

    Posted on 11/30/06 - by Doug Weaver
    Tomorrow will be 40 years since you left us. I remember the day your mom, your sister and I first got the news of your passing. We were devastated. We all loved you so much and you are desparately missed to this day. I wish you could have been here to see the happiness your mom was finally able to achieve with Vic, although the hurt in her heart never went away. She is gone now and I hope she is with you once again.

    My brother Ray, who was your best friend, has never forgotten you, either. I remember when the three of us worked together at McDonald's by Sick's Stadium. We had a lot of good times but worked hard when it was time to work. I remember you cruising through the parking lot, on your day off, in your blue '52 Ford. You were so proud of that car and kept it in mint condition. We all got the biggest kick out of seeing you posing in that car. I remember times when you turned down our invitation to go somewhere and have fun. This was because you wanted to stay home and watch over Rosita so your mom could have some time for herself.

    Louie, you always were a faithful son, a faithful brother, and a faithful friend. I believe it was this faithfulness that caused you to do what you did. I wish you were still here. Ray and I miss you terribly, Bro.
  • Photo of Lewis Albanese's grave

    Posted on 4/27/06 - by Herb Rickards for Dan Wray
    This photo of the grave of Medal of Honor winner Lewis Albanese was sent to me by a friend in Seattle WA so it could be posted on this site for all to see. I hope to visit Lewis grave someday to pay my respects to a fallen hero of this great land.
    Rest in Peace Soldier.
  • In Memoriam

    Posted on 1/20/06 - by Arnold M. Huskins
    Taken from the memorial website:

    PFC. Lewis Albanese Funeral. Rosary for Army Pfc. Lewis Albanese, 20 of 1135 Sturgis, Av. S., who died in action in Viet-Nam 2 Dec (actual date 1 Dec 1966) will be said at 7:15 o'clock tomorrow evening in Manning & Sons' chapel. Requiem Mass will be said at 9 o'clock Tuesday at St. James Cathedral, with burial in Washelli. A native of Italy, Private Albanese lived in the United States 18 years. Surviving are his father, Ralph Albanese; his mother, Mrs. Giannina Albanese, and a sister, Rosita Albanese, all of Seattle. (Evergreen Washelli, Seattle WA Interment Records)

    Seattle Soldier To Be Awarded Medal of Honor

    A Seattleite whose brovery in Vietnam saved many members of his Army platoon will be awarded the Medal of Honor posthomously tomorrow in Pentagone ceremonies.
    Pfc. Lewis Albanese, 20, was killed on a combat operation 2 Dec 1966 while protecting his platoon from Communist snipers.
    Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor will make the presentation to Albanese's mother, Mrs. Giannina Albanese, 1135 Sturgus Ave. S., the Associated Press reported.
    Albanese was a member of the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, which came under attack near Phu Muu 1 Dec 1966.
    "Heavy fire from the left flank of the platoon promted Private Albanese to fix his bayonet and move aggressively into a well-organized complex of enemy defenses, " Army officials said in Washington.
    "Disregarding the danger to himself, he advanced 100 meters along the ditch and killed six snipers armed with automatic weapons. When his ammunition was exhausted, he engaged and killed two more enemy soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat."
    Many other members of Albanese's platoon would have fallen to the heavy enemy sniper fire if it had not been for his one-man attack, the Pentagone said.
    Albanese, born in Italy, had been in Vietnam three months. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1964. He was employed by the Boeing Co. before entering the Army in October, 1965.
    Surviving besides his mother are his father, Ralph Albanese, Seattle, and a sister, Rosita Albanese, Seattle.
    The mother and daughter will be in Washington for the ceremony.
    Albanese was not related to Sgt. Luigi Albanese, 19, of Seattle, who was killed 27Jan (1968) in Vietnam. (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 15 Feb 1968)

    Albanese Was Ordinary Good Citizen - Teacher by Marty Loken
    Lewis Albanese was not a school leader or all-star athlete - just an average, well-behaved student, one of his former Franklin High School teachers said today.
    Albanese who died 2 Dec 1966 in Vietnam while attempting to save the lives of other men in his Army platoon, graduated in 1964 from Franklin. He will be awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal, tomorrow.
    "He was an all around good citizen; just one of the boys who come and go and don't attract too much attention because they're good citizens," said George Ehrgott, Albanese's former woodshop and stage-crew teacher.
    "He would have made a fine citizen." Albanese enrolled in three woodshop classes in 1962 and 1963, and worked with Ehrgott on the stage crew in the first semester of his senior year. His grades, were, on the whole, no better than average. Ehrgott gave Albanese a B and two Cs in woodshop and a B for his work on the stage crews.
    Other teachers, some of them gone from Franklin today, gave the young Italian immigrant a B in technical drawing, B in art and C in architectural drawing.
    "I don't recall anything unusual about him," Ehrgott said, "but then, most of the best people never do get in the limelight until they do something like he did." (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 15 Feb 1968)

  • Who Shall We send

    Posted on 8/22/05 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Ewiges Restgeben An Ihn

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.