Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/14/16 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear CPL Donald Walter Sperl, 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, Sir
We RememberPosted on 6/7/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgDon is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau, AK. PH
You are missed by many Don!!Posted on 2/9/08 - by Pete Rhymer, Major, USAF, Retired email@example.comDon & I went to the same high school, and served in separateMORE
Army units in Vietnam in 1968.
I know he is missed by his family & many in Juneau.
I was fortunate to return,
& serve again later.
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 2/8/04 - by Chris Spencer firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.MORE
We Miss You DonPosted on 6/5/03 - by Walter A. Soboleff Jr.Don Sperl.,......we were in Miss Cranfill's chorus at JuneauMORE
Douglas High School, I miss your happy smile and sense
of humor. We will meet again, with Charley Gamble, when we
Go Home for the last time. Even now it hurts, it seems like you
just left us. God Bless you, Don.
Donald Sperl near DakTo, 1968Posted on 10/29/01 - by Mike Pineda MORE
Water-worn StonePosted on 7/26/00 - by T. J. Barrett, RADM USCGMemorial Day 2000. Rain over the years on your gravestone made the "l" in your name look to me like an "i". When I said your name I heard a voice correct me. I looked up to see you family standing there in the rain. I went over and spoke with them after the ceremony. Your Dad told me how you could have avoided service but didn't; how you wanted to save lives and did as a corpsman. He told me what a fine son you were and how proud of you they are; how you are still so very loved and missed. I thank you for your service to our nation. It wasn't easy or fair but you served when others didn't; you did what our nation asked. I salute you and your family who have borne your loss. And I want you to know that like your family I will never forget you or what you did.MORE
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.