JERRY R DEES
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

JERRY RICHARD DEES

WALL NAME

JERRY R DEES

PANEL / LINE

20W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

11/21/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/27/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PHOENIX

COUNTY OF RECORD

Maricopa County

STATE

AZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JERRY RICHARD DEES
POSTED ON 2.25.1999
POSTED BY: Brenda Gayle Dees Patton

Jerry's Twin

Jerry Richard Dees was the twin brother of Larry Leslie Dees now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Larry was also in service to our country stationed in Germany when the devastating news of his twin was received.
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POSTED ON 2.25.1999
POSTED BY: Brenda Gayle Dees Patton

My Brother's Theology

Jerry was my brother and my friend. He was proud to serve our great country and die for the freedom of all people. Yet, he will always live...in my heart, in my mind, in my thoughts, and in my freedom.

So many things about Jerry, a mere youth of 18 when he was killed in Viet Nam, are significant to me and are worthy to be re-told here but the most important is regarding our discussions of a Supreme Being or God.

As children of eight or ten years of age we often discussed the concept of God. I confessing that I adamantly believed in the existence of God and Jesus and Jerry (choosing to play devil's advocate and having learned a new word) claimed to be an agnostic. He would not deny the existence of God but would not admit to it either saying "prove it to me".

He left home with this attitude of agnosticism and "prove it to me". All through basic training and AIT he remained an agnostic; even prior to departing for Viet Nam he still claimed to be an agnostic.

However, after eight weeks of war I received a letter from Jerry telling me there really was a God and that he now knew it to be true. He did not say nor do I believe, anyone converted him or witnessed to him or that it was necessary to do so. I believe he saw life and death, beauty and horror, honor and disrepect and in his heart he recognized the full existence of God as only one can who lived to see one more sunrise, one more sunset in the atrocities of war.

Jerry, you were a wonderful brother and I love you.

Brenda Gayle Dees Patton
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