Uncle JohnPosted on 5/11/15 - by Lorre SanfordI wish I had gotten to know my uncle John, my mother's youngest brother. He died when I was just a baby, but my mother cherished a picture of me as an infant in his arms and I grew up with stories of his sunny nature and knew also that he died a hero, helping wounded troops in Viet Nam. My folks invested the survivor benefit he left for his nephews and nieces, and when I grew up I used mine to go to nursing school. I've been a proud VA nurse ever since I graduated, and it means so much to me to be able to support and care for our Veterans. I wish I could thank him and that he could know how much his sacrifice meant to us.MORE
My little brotherPosted on 4/28/15 - by Theresa Bossom McGuire email@example.comJohn, a lifetime has passed since you were taken away and we all miss you everyday. I cherish your fun sense of humor, your kindness, our talks and just being with you. Now most of us kids are with you along with my daughter and my husband. I know you and they have had a grand time getting to know each other and that gives me comfort. Boy, we sure could lock horns though couldn't we? :-) I love that we cared so much that we did. I love you, all the joys and aggravations. Thank you for your service but I sure wish we could undo it all and have had some way to keep you with us. You are so dear to me. RIP dear brother and give Walt and all the rest a big hug.MORE
We rememberPosted on 12/23/13 - by Carlton H. JonesYou died the same day as my brother Thomas H. Jones in the same town of Bihn Dinh. I wonder if you were with him. I am going through his personal items and learning a lot from itMORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/3/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear CPL John Austin Bossom, 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
Your life is not forgottenPosted on 11/30/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67John, Although we never met,MORE
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 enjoy
We RememberPosted on 2/23/05 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJohn is buried at Willamette Nat Cem.
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.