HERBERT ARVISO
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HONORED ON PANEL 17W, LINE 119 OF THE WALL

HERBERT ARVISO

WALL NAME

HERBERT ARVISO

PANEL / LINE

17W/119

DATE OF BIRTH

10/13/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/26/1969

HOME OF RECORD

FARMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

San Juan County

STATE

NM

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HERBERT ARVISO
POSTED ON 12.6.2011
POSTED BY: Shari M. Bowie

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

I was just 2 years old when you left us…I am your niece, Shari Bowie (Smith) who resides in Albuquerque, NM. Your only surviving sibling is your sister, Alberta Smith (Arviso), who has told my brothers (Briant, Jarrod & Scott) and sister (Leslie) many stories of you. Mom misses you very much and she holds you in her heart everyday. Just recently she received a portrait of you when you were a little boy herding sheep on the reservation. She was touched by this gift and it sits in her view to remember you everyday and always.Your Spirit is alive and strong, you shall never be forgotten. REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, MY DEAR UNCLE!! WE LOVE YOU and MISS YOU!! On behalf of my mother, I thank Richard Coleman, Mick Gillispie and Steve Barr for sharing your stories with us; it helps the healing on the loss of our beloved 'Herbie'. Email me at [email protected] or call our home at (505) 433-3338. Herbert Arviso is buried at: Memory Gardens of Farmington 6917 E Main FARMINGTON, NM 87402 - 5136
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POSTED ON 5.14.2011
POSTED BY: Richard Coleman

Chief was my jeep driver

Chief! That was what we called you in Bravo 169th Armor. Such was the custom to use a nickname for Native Americans. And it was a name you were comfortable with as we did not call you Chief out of disrespect. As I recall, you said you were a fullblooded Navaho and you grew up on a reservation. I remember your telling me that you did not know how to drive until you joined the army. Everybody liked you, Chief! You were a gentle man and I do not remember your ever losing your temper. It was as if you were at peace with yourself.I was your XO, a 1st LT and it was against 4th Div SOP for an officer to drive. You and I spent a lot of time together, did we not! I was very fond of you, Herbert. You were a good man and a good soldier, and my friend.You were a good driver but there were times when we'd run the roads after hours as we made daily trips from the firebase into the 42nd Maintenance battalion to get ice. We found a place in food service that would daily set out several hundred pounds of ice outside on a loading deck just to melt. If we arrived there at 5:00 PM, we could get that ice, every bit of it. And ice was the rarest of all commodities in the field. So, our buddies loved us as they could now have cold drinks in that sweltering country. But the problem was the timing because the roads were officially closed at 5:00 PM daily, the time we could get the ice. There was no security on those roads after hours. So, I had PSG Dudley, the maintenance sergeant remove the governors from my jeep engine, soup it up a bit and it would run over 100 MPH. On those drives back, I'd drive as I had more experience driving at high speed and the MP's were no where around. We'd have to give the GI's at the road blocks ice and they always looked the other way and let us through. Only once, did we find a bullet hole in the back of the jeep. The VC were always there, but we were moving too fast for them. Herbert, there is an association now of those that were over there and your name is often brought up. I absolutely hate it that your truck hit that mine that fateful day in October 1969. With you were Highberger and Soupmouth and they also perished in that terrible explosion. It was a terrible waste and you need to know that as long as any of us are alive, you are not forgotten. I rotated back in July 1969 so I was not there when you killed. But I feel survivor guilt none the less. I was very fond of you and I feel as if you were my brother. You are my Brother. You and I understand what I mean.If any of Herbert's relatives read this, please contact me. I know you most likely have little if any information as to what happened to Herbert. I can shed some light and put you in touch with a man that was there when it happened.I love you, Chief! And if we all meet again somewhere, I'd like you to still be my driver. My email is [email protected], phone number 251-578-5681
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POSTED ON 11.19.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Herbert is buried at Memory Gardens in Farmington,NM. BSM PH
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POSTED ON 4.1.2010
POSTED BY: Alberta Smith

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POSTED ON 4.1.2010
POSTED BY: Alberta Smith

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