I remember you Walt.
My brother wanted to be a professional artist. He was not a citizen when joining the military as a draftee. He could have avoided serving because being a non citizen didn’t have to be inducted but felt it was his duty to serve. My brother was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars posthumously for gallantry under fire. If it wasn’t for his heroic action most of his platoon could have been killed according to a letter I received from one of the soldiers there on that day.
I hope your photo is put here because this wall of faces is missing yours. Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. 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.
Remembering an American Hero
Dear CPL Walter Vincent Crocco, sir,
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.
With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.