JIMMY C HESTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 72 OF THE WALL

JIMMY CARROLL HESTER

WALL NAME

JIMMY C HESTER

PANEL / LINE

36W/72

DATE OF BIRTH

02/02/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/24/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LEXINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Davidson County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JIMMY CARROLL HESTER
POSTED ON 10.4.2002
POSTED BY: Steve Haynes

Remembering Vietnam Era in Lexington

My draft number was 6 and I knew I had to go. I only knew Jimmys' name, not his face. All my friends in Erlanger would say " hope you make it back in better shape than Jimmy "
I was so scared that I could have died the day I got orders for Viet Nam. I had just finished boot camp and when I got my orders I went to my drill sgt. and said "Give me an option, any option to stay out of Nam." He told me that all I could do was extend an extra year and get a guarenteed state side assignment: otherwise my choice was to go to Viet Name or be a deserter. I immediately signed another year of my life away because all I could think of was how my family would be affected if I were killed. All of my fears, all of my thoughts were of Jimmy, and what he must have been thinking or how he was killed. What was it like to be that far away from my friends and family and give my life for a country that at that time was less than grateful.

Because of my own fears I stayed home and served as a veterinary tech for the rest of my time at Fort Gordon Ga.

By a very strange twist of fate I had happened to sign up to be a veterinary technichian and trained at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. I fell in love with veterinary medicine and after the army went back to NC State and then Auburn University and became a veterinarian. I am back in Davidson County now and I love my job, love my wife and two children and I love my life. Next week Im taking my two teenage kids to DC for vacation. I am so looking forward to taking them to the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial wall and showing the name "Jimmy Hester". It was because of Jimmy that I found my calling in life, it was because of his supreme sacrifice that I now enjoy such a wonderful life.

Jimmy will never know the joy of a family like mine. He will never know how much he affected my life. But who ever reads this please know that his passing was one of the milestones of my life. I think of him and I will show my children in DC this next week his name on the wall and tell them the story of how he saved me and how much I thank him for that gift.

Steven C Haynes DVM
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