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is honored on Panel 14W, Line 48 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 6/10/17 - by
    PFC Van S. Turner Jr. was an infantryman serving with A Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. On January 19, 1970, PFC Turner was at LZ San Juan Hill in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. At a little after 8:00 AM, he was near a burn pit with two other soldiers. Burn pits were commonly used for waste disposal at military sites outside the United States. Unbeknownst to Turner and his two companions, unexploded ordinance, in this case a M79 round, had found its way into the burn pit. An explosion occurred and the three men were injured. Turner suffered a severe fragmentation wound to his chest. They were evacuated by medivac helicopter to the 23rd Medical at Doc Pho where it was reported that Turner was dead on arrival. He was posthumously promoted to corporal. [Taken from and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/20/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Van Sylvester Turner 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.

    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
  • Thank You

    Posted on 1/19/14 - by A Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Cpl. Turner for your courage and leadership.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/18/06 - 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

  • Always Remembered!

    Posted on 4/30/03 - by Phoenix Marr
    My name is Phoenix Marr and I am a junior in high school. My history teacher challenged all of his students to experience the Virtual Wall by writing remembrances for those men and women that gave their lives while serving our country. Van was a brave man that served our country well. Your service is greatly appreciated! You will always be remembered!

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