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  • Wall Name:DAVID R THOMAS
  • Date of Birth:1/18/1949
  • Date of Casualty:8/10/1968
  • Home of Record:CONNEAUT
  • County of Record:ASHTABULA COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Row:49W, 45
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Date of Birth:9/26/1929
  • Date of Casualty:8/10/1968
  • Home of Record:NEW YORK
  • County of Record:NEW YORK CITY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SMAJ
  • Panel/Row:49W, 45
  • Casualty Province:47


is honored on Panel 49W, Row 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 George Ernest Valker III, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Friend

    Posted on 7/27/13 - by Richard A. Mellem
    I went to high school with George and he always had a cheerful disposition. He had a lot of friends back home and he will always be missed. I am glad that I had a chance to know him.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/7/12
    (Photo Credit: Dennis Stensby) Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We remember

    Posted on 6/13/10 - by Robert Sage
    George is buried at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot, ND. Ph
  • I miss you still - I'll love you always!

    Posted on 2/24/10 - by Vicki Valker Soltis, Little Sister

    Greg was so many things to so many people. But I was the luckiest of all. He was my big brother and my best friend. If you knew Greg, he was your best friend too. I knew, even as a child, that I was blessed to be his little sister.

    Thanks to all of you who have taken time to write - I only wish my Mom and Dad and brother Bryan could have known what I know now. He didn't suffer - thank you Jim King.

    Rudy - if you ever get back to this site and find this, please contact me. It is only now, after 40 years, that I am able to begin to understand the pain and suffering of our heroes - and all of you are heroes.

    Greg - I miss you still and I'll love you always and forever.

  • Photo

    Posted on 2/4/10


  • Posted on 8/18/09 - by Clayton Halverson
    George was my closest friend in Minot North Dakota. He had an abundant joy of life matched by no one I have ever known. My father told me a month or two before George died that I should prepare myself for the possibility of George's death as somehow it is that people like him seem to die in war. Dad was right. George should never have been in combat as his very nature was anathema to the milieu of combat. This can be said of most people I realize but for George it was certain.

    When he was on his way to Vietnam he stopped in Denver to see me. We spent the evening as we had many others, laughing and drinking beer. When I put him on the plane the next day he walked down the jetway, turned and came back to me to say that it would be the last time I saw him as he was going to die. I didn't want to believe it but in my heart I knew it was true.

    I hope the man died quickly without much pain. He had the courage to go when so many refused. Even though he he felt he was going to die, he went anyway. I believe that constitutes courage of a kind unsurpassed by few, if any.
  • A Friend still remembering

    Posted on 5/31/05 - by Mike Kelly
    George, I think of you often and remember our days of double-triple dating in the Valker Florist Van and hoisting a beer or two in the N.Dak plains.I shall always remember your smile and happy disposition. You are in my prayers. God Bless
  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 8/10/04 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Facta Non Verba
  • A true friend

    Posted on 4/9/04 - by Jim King aka
    I knew George in Vietnam very well. I was wounded by the same round that took George's life. He died instantly and did not suffer. George was such a great person, he should have never been in Vietnam. he was a true friend and I still miss him as a friend.

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