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SANTIAGO TORRES JR


is honored on Panel 44E, Line 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Santiago Torres Jr.

    Posted on 1/19/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SGT Richard E. Vincent, PFC Donald R. Irby, and PFC Santiago Torres Jr. served with 11th Signal Platoon, Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 11th Infantry Brigade. During the early morning hours of March 9, 1968, they were manning a bunker on the perimeter of LZ Bronco base camp of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade. At that time the base camp came under a mortar barrage and attempted enemy penetration of the perimeter. Communication with the soldier’s bunker was broken during the attack. Nevertheless, extensive machine gun and small arms fire could be seen emanating from their position as the three troopers sought to deter the infiltrators from breeching the concertina wire barrier forward of their positions. During this staunch and valiant defense by the men in the bunker, an enemy satchel charge was hurled into the fortification, mortally wounding the occupants. All three soldiers would be posthumously honored with the Bronze Star for their heroism during the attack. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Santiago Torres Jr, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/20/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Santiago is buried at Municipal Cemetery in Cidra, PR. PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 11/7/05 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "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 heros 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 heros 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
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  • Thank You!

    Posted on 3/9/04 - by Jen Steffen jsteffen12@hotmail.com
    Without you, there would be no America as we now know it. I want to thank you for the freedom we can enjoy, from the dedication and loyalty you have shown. I am a senior participating in the Gridley High School Posting Project. I am remembering all those who so willingly gave up their lives for this great country. You are in my heart Santiago, and will never be forgotten. Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Jen Steffen
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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.