Remembering An American HeroPosted on 1/30/14 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 1LT Joseph Breski Jr, sirMORE
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
IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULTPosted on 1/14/14 - by Sgt Joseph Breski hhc 3d bn7th Inf BdeJoseph;MORE
Sorry I never got to shake your hand or meet your family but I feel that I've known you all my life. I served in Vietnam in 1966/1967 with the 199th light Inf. While in the States I was stationed at Fort Rucker (Aviation Center), Alabama.
In May, 1967 (while serving in Vietnam) I had the hardest time of my life in being told that I was going to be a Military Escort for a fallen Soldier. That Soldier was my wife's Brother-in-law, Sgt. Ronald Young w/1st Cav. I escorted his remains to the States and after 30 days went back to Vietnam to finish my tour. It's always on my mind, I am always thinking about Ronald and every Soldier that made the ultimate sacrifice. It's extremely difficult ( even 47 years later ) doing this remembrance to you. I want to tell you, that even though I never met you I have this enormous Love and Respect for you. REST IN PEACE.
30th Anniversary of the “Wall”Posted on 12/23/12 - by email@example.com
Joe. I read your name again for the 30th Anniversary of the “Wall”. I read WO Sam Bosenbark’s as well as Sgt. John D. Sharp’s name. I will continue as long as I am able. I wanted to read your name so that you know I did not forget you. I am attaching a picture of Karen Poxon, Bob Poxon’s sister. What a fitting place to meet her and remember the two of you and the sacrifices that you all made.
I know that you are with Mom and Dad now. I guess I had to give Mom up. It was hard but I guess you wanted to see her on your birthday. What a great present to have.
Your kid brother
Remembering youPosted on 6/6/12 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe, I cannot believe that it was 43 years ago that you were taken from us. I still miss you and think of you often. My heart is still broken. We lost our brother Jim recently and I feel more alone now. Mom is not good. I do the best that I can for her but it also breaks my heart. Mom still knows my wife and me but for how long no one knows. There is an emptiness that I feel about you that I cannot describe. Talking about you has kept you alive for me over the years. I wish so much I had the chance to know you better back when we were growing up. So many things I want to share with you but it breaks my heart not to be able to do that. I will always try and keep your memory alive as you were my hero. I miss you.
Your kid brother
For 1LT Joseph BRESKI, JR, USA...one of Kittanning's bravest of heroes who died for our country!!!!!Posted on 1/13/12 - byHe loved us so.MORE
Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
He loved us so.
Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
He was our defender, and he kept us free!
He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
He loved us so, and we should know.
For we loved him so.
Lieutenant Breski, your service to our Nation will be fondly remembered, always! You have given all that mortality can give! Sir, I believe, honestly, that Avonmore's own Jill Corey, whom I admire as one of my three top favorite songbirds, along with Julie Andrews and Dusty Springfield, would be proud of your service to our America. We will all miss you until God calls us to His Throne. Well done, Sir! Be thou at peace.
Never ForgottenPosted on 3/9/11 MORE
We RememberPosted on 11/16/10 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoe is buried at Lawn Haven Cemetery, East Franklin TWP, PA. BSM AM PH
Birthday RememberancePosted on 9/30/10 - by Harry L. Breski firstname.lastname@example.orgJust wanted you to know that I won't forget you especially on your birthday. I have a grandson now and he is named after you. He is the most precious gift I could have received. I do not know what I did to deserve him. I want to share this joy with you and it breaks my heart that I cannot.MORE
Your kid brother
Jimmy LundbergPosted on 11/3/08 - by Harry L. Breski, PLS email@example.comJust to let you know Joe that I have met Jimmy Lundberg. He told me about that night and the circumstances surrounding your death. It was good to know what happened.MORE
My Big BrotherPosted on 11/6/03 - by Harry L. Breski firstname.lastname@example.orgJoe: I have no words to say how I feel about you. You are now, as you were back when we were growing up, my hero. So much has happened in my life since you left in 1969. I am married now and have a great wife and super kids. I am sure you would like them. I miss you a lot Joe and I guess there are times that I don't understand even though I say that I do. There are things that I want to share with you like how great my family is and how much they mean to me. I am so sorry that you missed that part of your life. It is great being a Dad! I know that I cannot compare to the Dad we had. He was the greatest and I know you are with Dad now. I wish that you could have seen my son Doug shoot his first deer with your rifle. I know that you would have loved it as much as I did. My second daughter, Dianna, looks just like you. She is very pretty! My oldest daughter Dawn just graduated from college and is a terrific kid as is my youngest daughter Debbie and both as pretty as their Mom. I know you would like my wife Joe, I fell in love with her the moment I met her.MORE
When I take Doug hunting I know that you are not far behind. I always go back to the times that you used to take me hunting when you came home on leave. I never got a chance to thank you for doing that for me. I remember that morning that you left, John and I were sleeping out on the front porch and I remember seeing you walk past and down the steps to the car. You did not look back and I watched the car until I could no longer see it. I feel cheated that I did not get to spend more time with you. I know that I should be more thankful but I guess I still don’t understand. I would have loved the chance to know you better. That’s why I have tried to get in contact with people who knew you while you were in the service. I have met a lot of guys that knew you while you were in Vietnam and they have given me so much and I have nothing to offer them in return. They have told me about that terrible night Joe. I have tried to get to know you better through them as much as possible. They have gone back in time for me to a painful part in their lives and have helped me. They are also heroes to me Joe. I have tried to get to know you more over these last several years because I was to young to understand the danger that was in your life. I thought that you would go to Vietnam and come back just like OCS and flight school. I did not know what Vietnam was all about! You have touched my heart and it aches. You are my “big brother” and I will probably never get over losing you. I know that life goes on but it just seems so unfair. I miss you! Your kid brother Harry
Flight SchoolPosted on 10/28/01 - by Col. R. V. BakerJoe and I lived together in Mineral Wells Texas, and Enterprise, AL. When we made the move we spent the night at the Vicksburg Battlefield Motel. Joe's Yankee comments the next morning almost got us killed. My car broke down on the way there on Sunday morning. Joe helped get it hooked up, and towed my car the last 200 miles. We had to sign in by 5, we made it by 2 minutes. Joe was a wonderful guy, never letting adversity get him down, he always found a way to smile and get over it. He was a committed professional. He loved pepper on his salad, to this day I can't eat one without putting pepper on it. He lives in my heart and soul daily.MORE
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.