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is honored on Panel 19W, Line 64 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • So deeply missed

    Posted on 9/19/17 - by Nancy Vanderboom Lausch
    Butch and I were cousins. We were the same age and had many good times growing up together, riding bikes as young children and sharing life experiences as teenagers. The day he left for Vietnam is etched in my memory and in my heart. As we walked down the steps of our house to the car, I walked next to his mother, my aunt Mary. She whispered to me, "he's not coming back". I, of course, reassured her he would be fine. One month later we got the call, Paul "Butch" Vanderboom, was lost in action. One month after that his body was found. It was a profound loss for our family in so many ways. Butch was revered by his brothers and sister and loved by his many friends. His life and loss and ultimate death left an indelible mark on the direction of my life. It became a turning point. I knew then that I had to do something positive with my life. I had to make a difference.
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 4/25/16
    He was my uncle, but, died before I was born.
    I would have liked to have met him.
  • Cousins-childhood fun

    Posted on 3/18/16 - by Marilyn Tennant Hunn
    Butch's dad and my mother were brother and sister. They were 2 of 8 siblings. The Vanderboom cousin clan was large and we had many cousins to play with. There were summer picnics and Christmas Eve celebrations. Lots of laughter. I remember Butch with his white blond hair and impish smile. We are all scattered now and I have lost touch with most of my cousins. But I do remember them fondly and I have never forgotten Butch. His death was a loss deeply felt and still is.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/20/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Paul Ward Vanderboom 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
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/21/13 - by Morgan Pfaff

    My father, Ken Pfaff, was a friend of Paul 'Butch' Vanderboom Jr. when they were growing up in Milwaukee, before Paul's family moved to Fond du Lac. Ken always treasured this photo of his childhood friends.

    Paul is the second child from left. (from left to right: Paulie Bunker, Paul Vanderboom, Bobby Goodrow, Ken Pfaff).

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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