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is honored on Panel 16E, Line 104 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 10/30/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain Lawrence Celmer,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Officer. It is so 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Christmas Eve 1966

    Posted on 2/12/15 - by Ted Rathbun
    We were in Dai Loc, South Vietnam on Christmas Eve at a very small make shift officers club. I was a 2nd. Lt. heading up the Battalion Supply for the 3rd Bn 7th Marine Regiment. I remember it was late at night and the two of us were just talking. About what I do not remember. But we were both from New York State and seemed to have things in common. At evening end we were the only two still there in the little club on Christmas Eve 1966. He seemed a very Ivy League sort and a nice guy. I know second hand how he was killed on Operation DeSoto. Hope his family knows he was a wonderful United States Marine Corps Captain.
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 3/18/14 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Semper Fi Captain.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/27/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Lawrence Joseph Celmer, 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
  • I Saw You Fall.

    Posted on 4/7/13 - by Tom Downey (once a captain, USMC)

    I watched through binoculars as you fell at the river crossing. You had stopped to encourage your Marines to swiftly get across under enemy fire. Fortunately, no other Marines were hit while trying to recover your body. That was done by the men in an 'Ontos' (a small armored fighting vehicle). If you hadn't sent me up onto that distant hill to find targets, I would have been right behind you. You are missed, 'Skipper.'

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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