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is honored on Panel 8W, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/15/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you PFC Van Gelder for your courage in dangerous times, in a far and dangerous place.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC William H Van Gelder 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/6/08 - by Robert Sage
    William is buried at St Columbkille, Seneca Falls, NY.

    Posted on 1/20/02 - by brenda green
    I am posting this remembrance to honor not only my uncle but all Vietnam soldiers with the utmost respect. I never met my Uncle Jr. as he was known. He parished a year before I was born. My mother had several pictures of him and his friends from his troop. His letters written from Vietnam became and always stayed as treasures to her. I would like to share a poem that he sent her that always remained framed with his picture. The author is unknown but I hope you find as much comfort in these words and treasure them the way our family did. I continue that framed masterpiece as a remembrance to a loved family member that I have yet to meet.

    Oh Lord, What are we doing here
    Fighting and dying and showing no fear?
    How many will come,
    how many will go
    How many have died in the years before?
    Wives lose husbands, mothers lose sons,
    Children lose fathers,
    Blood shed by the ton.
    There must be a way that time will find
    To bring peace to this land,
    and all mankind.
    Please bless our troops, who rest in their graves
    Far from the land of the free
    and the home of the brave.
    There must be a reason and someone knows why
    Ten thousand miles from home
    an American must die.
    We serve here with pride
    Our minds are sane
    For the lives that are lost,
    we hope not in vain.
    Time passes slow, but the end will draw near
    We will long remember the time we spent here.
    I dream of the day,
    that is so often heard
    I am homeward bound
    on that FREEDOM bird.
    I will do my job,
    and serve my time.
    For protection of my family,
    that I left behind.

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