JOHN H FARLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 23W, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

JOHN HARLAND FARLEY

WALL NAME

JOHN H FARLEY

PANEL / LINE

23W/44

DATE OF BIRTH

09/26/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/02/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HASLETT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ingham County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN HARLAND FARLEY
POSTED ON 6.12.2004
POSTED BY: James S. Hulsey

A very unusual experience at

I was a high school classmate of John's and only knew him through our school classes & activities in Arlington Va at Washington-Lee high school (class of 1962). We didn't have an off school relationship, and were not close friends. This was not out of any dislike, but just that we only had a few classes together. I learned of John's combat death in Vietnam during a phone call informing me of an upcoming high school reunion. I guess I had been classified as "lost" because I had moved to California and had never heard of any reunions. The caller, that finally found me, told me about John and I was surprised at how it disturbed me. It is hard to explain why it affected me so much, since we were not close, but it did.

What occurred several years later, when I returned to Arlington for a visit, continues to affect me in a profound way. I went to see "The Wall" for the first time. I went by myself, and as I approached the memorial I could see long lines at what appeared to be directories for finding names on the Wall. I remember thinking that I didn't want to get in the way of those who were probably family, or close friends, and I was only going to look for John as something of proof that he had, indeed, died in the war. Foregoing a search for where John's name was inscribed, I began walking the long walkway.

The monument starts small in height, and builds as you walk past until it towers over you. I meandered along until the Wall was well over my head. I had not stopped to look for John, or anyone, when I suddenly felt compelled to look. I looked to the wall on my left and as my eyes focused on the first name to come to view, I read "John H Farley"! To say a chill ran through me is an understatement. Mere chance was astronomically against finding a name as I had just done. How could what just happened, happen? I'll never know, and can never explain, but I left with a great feeling of spirituality that I'd never had before.

It's been more than 17 years since this happened, and I think of John frequently. I'll never forget him. God bless you John, but I think he already has.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2004
POSTED BY: Jen Steffen

Ultimate Sacrifice...

I am part of the Gridley High School Posting Project. As a senior at Gridley, I feel it is essential that our veterans are remembered and their stories of heroism and bravery, are passed down to future generations. This is one small way I can give back to thousands who gave up their lives for this country. You will always be remembered John Harland Farley.

Thank you!
Jen Steffen
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POSTED ON 6.12.2002
Forever missing you. Never forgetting.
(The above message and photo were sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to be placed at The Wall during our Annual Father's Day Rose Remembrance Ceremony. To learn more about the ceremony, please visit www.vvmf.org.)
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