Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear PFC Raymond George Witzig, 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, Sir
A childs memory of a heroPosted on 5/28/13 - by Sharon Rinkenberger email@example.com
As a small child I remember passing by your coffin. I only knew that you had died. Then as an adult I learned what your real sacrifice was. You have been sorely missed by your family. I am proud to say you were from my home town. God Bless
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We RememberPosted on 6/26/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgRaymond is buried at Gridley Cemetery in Gridley, IL. PH
Never ForgottenPosted on 3/17/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"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
I'l Never forget youPosted on 8/12/04 - by Sgt. Pasqual Ramirez firstname.lastname@example.orgRay it was a great honor to have known you and howMORE
brave you were. I always think of you and Charles it has been hard but I have made contact with your family and
I will meet them soon.
I plan to tell them some great stories about you and give them your pictures.
You guys save a place for me next to the both of you.
The angelPosted on 11/26/03 - by Kathy Bittner (Haas) email@example.comI used to live in El Paso, very close to Gridley. I'm the one that got Pasqual and Raymond's family together. I went to Gridley and meant Raymond's mother and family. I feel so very honored to have helped in some way.MORE
Thank YouPosted on 11/14/03 - by Jake Foor jake_four4@Hotmail.comDear Sir,MORE
My name is Jake Foor and I go to Gridley High School and I am doing a project for my World History class. I thank you for doing the great deed that you did. You are a great human being and you are sorely missed. I thank you and God Bless.
sacraficing your lifePosted on 11/3/03 - by Brandon LilienthalDaer Raymond,
Thank you for sacraficing your life for our country. With loving care may god bless and rest in peace.
Thank You!Posted on 9/23/03 - by Marissa Witzig firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Raymond,MORE
I also attend Gridley High School. I have looked at the scoreboard many times and have seen your name. I always thought it was neat that my last name was up there. I would ask my dad who Raymond Witzig was. He would explain that you were his second cousin. I never really knew who you were or why you were so important. In the past few years I have heard people talk about you and now I know that you were a war hero. I am proud to be going to the same high school as a war hero who was brave enough to sacrifice his life to protect this country. Thank you for your helping America in the Vietnam War.
RememberingPosted on 3/18/03 - by Whitney LyonsI live in Gridley, and am a fellow Gridley High School student. I thank you for all that you did for our country and am proud to attend the same high school that you did. God Bless.MORE
Thank you so muchPosted on 3/18/03 - by Jessica RappDear Sir~MORE
As a resident of Gridley and a student of Gridley High School, I thank you for everything that you did in the war, and you will always be remembered in Gridley. Thank you again and GOD BLESS!!
Thank YouPosted on 3/15/03 - by Jesse MacDonaldMr. Witzig, as a fellow citizen of Gridley, Illinois, as a fellow American, and as a fellow man, I thank you for what you have done for our country. You will never be forgotten.MORE
You will always be rememberedPosted on 3/14/03 - by Katie EnrightDear Mr. Witzig:MORE
You will always be honored for what you did in the war. I think that it is really neat how you went to the same highschool as I do. You will always be remember by the people of Gridley High School.
Remembrance of a FriendPosted on 12/27/02 - by Ram ChavezRaymond you were one of the finest persons I ever met in my life of 57 years. I know you would have been a great and fine man. Pasqual, Lt. Smith, and many others remember you well. I hope to complete a set of photo slides to a CD and display them on the websites. I have two wonderful photos of you that I will shared with your family. Take care.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.