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is honored on Panel 19E, Line 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/2/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Corporal Wayne Howard Woodard, Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • Dear old friend

    Posted on 8/9/14 - by Ted L. Knight, Maj. US Army Ret./ former Sgt USMC
    Woody, I hope that you can forgive me for not sending this earlier, but I was at a lost for words. Your death took me took me to a place I haven't been before. Two weeks after that battle I found myself hospitalized for almost three months. But once I returned to the states, starting in 1969 for 3-4 years I mailed Christmas Cards with a message to your family, but I never received an acknowledgement, so I ceased written correspondence. But I never forgotten our times we had in the Nam. Whenever I had a patrol you so often would volunteer even though you did not have to. We always had each others back! We did manage to relax and have a good time in Okinawa. Ever since the Viet Nam Wall was comemorated in DC, I paid my respects to you and all our buddies. Semper Fi
  • Semper Fi, Corporal.

    Posted on 4/30/14 - by A Marine Corporal, Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/30/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Wayne Howard Woodard, 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
  • You saved my life.

    Posted on 9/22/08 - by Ira Rick Johnson
    On the day you died, we were pinned down by some really good enemy marksmen. In the ambush, Chapen was hit several times, he was just in front of Lt. Kresty and I was carrying the radio, following the Lt. the man behind me was also hit, having his upper arm smashed by a bullet from the same volly of fire that got Chapen.

    As the fight developed, VanDerhoof fully exposed himself as he went and retrieved Chapen on the forward slope of a small hill and single handedly carreid him back to let Doc. patch him up.

    I was just finishing talking on the radio when you, Woodie piled on top of me, wanting to get into one more good fight. When you raised your head to see the bunker I had warned you about, he shot you in the head. With that move, you saved my life. The shooter was aiming at my radio antenna waiting for a shot and you gave him a target. This was the very thing I was getting ready to do, look and see what I could see to take a shot. You didn't do it on purpose, but you saved my life.

    I think of you often, such a full of life, fun person, gone in a moment. I couldn't write up your KIA report and had MacClimon do it because it just took something out of me to see what happened to you.

    I have often wished that I could find your family and tell them you were a great guy and a brave and good Marine and that you saved my life.

    God bless the memory of Wayne Woodard, "Woodie"

    Rick (Ira) Johnson
    in Florida
    With Mike 3/9 Aug. '66 til wounded in Sept. '67
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