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is honored on Panel 12E, Line 27 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 10/1/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear PFC David Carlson,
    Thank you for your service as a Radio Operator. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • How David Lawrence Carlson changed my Life

    Posted on 9/17/17 - by Patricia Zummo
    I want to honor and remember David Carlson Private 1st Class. I never met the man but he changed my life. My husband, Richard Zummo, was in the 196 Light Infantry with David. They both were radio operators. My husband just returned from a long search and destroy mission. His sergeant said "Zummo, you're going back out". He stood up to go, and David said, "Let me go sergeant. I haven't been out yet". The sergeant agreed and David left. David was killed on that mission. My husband never got over the guilt he felt. I did not know my husband when he was in Vietnam but he told me that story every Memorial Day.My husband is dead 16 years but I wanted to share the story of brave David Carlson. Richard and I had 6 kids together and I am now a Grandma. Thank you David Carlson from the bottom of my heart. David died 11/5/66.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/24/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC David Lawrence Carlson, 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 8/23/12 - by Robert Sage

    David is buried at St Marys Cemetery, Ridgefield,CT. PH


    Posted on 11/7/06 - by Bill Nelson Nam Vet 101st Airborne


    "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 all your "Band of Nam Brothers"
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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.

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