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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Brent Leslie Swabby, 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
  • Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

    Posted on 5/4/10 - by
    A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 4/19/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "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
  • Thanks Brent

    Posted on 12/8/99 - by Jesse Haye

    Thanks Brent!
    Dear brother Brent, I don't really know where to start, I have so much to say and ask you. Let me begin with
    thanking you and your parents Vesper and Lesley for sponsoring our family to come and live the "American
    dream" in El Monte. How can any of us forget that wonderful furnished and fully stocked house on San
    Pierre drive that you and the First Christian Church provided us with? There are now two more generations
    of us living in the states and all of my siblings have achieved the goals they set for themselves. Edward and I
    more or less returned to our roots in Europe after the war, and all of us have wonderful families and children
    with American passports. My thanks to you specifically Brent, for your encouraging words and prayers two
    months before you left for Vietnam to become a Chaplains assistant. The memory of your with visit me, on
    December 26, 1966 at the hospital in Fort Ord is burnished in my soul forever. God, there I was, a casualty of
    a car crash, caused by a drunken sailor, lying midst the mangled bodies and minds of the casualties of war. I
    was so scared of my future Brent and believed I would end up the same way or worse. I came very close to
    joining you brother on September 23, 1969, but luck was on my side, as it was on many other occasions
    before and after the war. I was in Karlsruhe when your light went out Brent and it broke all of our hearts.
    Why Brent, why did you do what you did after helping the dying for more then a year? Why didn't you go
    home when you tour of duty was up in February 1968? That was the month I left for Vietnam. What made
    you stay and do what you did? Was it Belshabub testing your faith, or was it your Lord who wanted you for
    him? If your faith was correct Brent, then regardless of you taking your own life, you must be in Paradise
    with your parents and Dad, so please give them my love, for I will not be able to join you there with my past.
    If your faith was true, I will join a lot of friends from El Monte and Baldwin Park with Lucifer and will
    probably end up kicking ass or getting it kicked in Hell. Fifteen months of comforting the wounded and dying
    makes you a Saint Brent, and I salute you for the courage you showed in dealing with death and the dying.
    Please forgive me for not keeping in touch, but it was very hard touching your name on the wall, back in
    January 1989 on the Mall in Washington where a Memorial has been created for all of you heroes. You and
    the many others will be with me until my final moment of truth. We all love you Brother Brent!
    Friday, November 12, 1999

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