ROOSEVELT HESTLE JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 134 OF THE WALL

ROOSEVELT HESTLE JR

WALL NAME

ROOSEVELT HESTLE JR

PANEL / LINE

8E/134

DATE OF BIRTH

03/02/1928

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/06/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ORLANDO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Orange County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROOSEVELT HESTLE JR
POSTED ON 5.17.2017
POSTED BY: LeRoi Hill

My Uncle Hess

“Col. Hestle” to his colleagues, “Hess” to his siblings, “Uncle Hess” to me. From all accounts, public and private, Uncle Hess was a man among men. He was very intelligent, compassionate, loving, and highly respected. Over the years, I have heard so many stories from his sisters and brothers of how Uncle Hess went to great lengths to protect and provide opportunities for them to have better lives than could be afforded in their hometown in Orlando, Florida. As the eldest, he set the pace for the others; education and self-reliance were his mantra. His siblings followed suit, one even followed him into the Air Force and would eventually rise to the upper levels of rank an NCO could attain. I recall the story of how Uncle Hess’ little brother made certain to avoid him on base so as to ensure he wouldn’t suffer the “indignity” of having to salute his big brother. A sibling rivalry aside, family, friends, and strangers alike have told stories professing the great character of Uncle Hess. Although I only met him as a child, his legacy of honor, family, and service to the country persist. A true American hero, Colonel Roosevelt Hestle, Jr., my uncle Hess.
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POSTED ON 11.22.2016
POSTED BY: Tom McCaa

POW Bracelet Located after all these years.

While cleaning out my wife's jewelry, I came across the POW Bracelets that we both had in college (68-72) during the Vietnam War. I am not sure which one of us wore Ltr. Col Roosevelt Hestle's bracelet since we each had a different MIA soldier. However, we were not all crazy hippies during that war. I did eventually serve after college as one of the last to be drafted. Some of my colleagues left for Canada to avoid the draft but I believe everyone should serve in some capacity. Yes women too! My father served in WW II under General Mark Clark and all 4 men (3 brothers) in my family served too.

Col Hestle made the ultimate sacrifice and we can only be grateful to him and remember his contribution.

Should the family like to have the bracelet, contact me via email.
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POSTED ON 10.21.2016
POSTED BY: Pat

The Healing Wall is Exactly That

I, like many others, still have my POW bracelet of LTC Roosevelt Hestle. I wore it for years, then put it aside for decades. I tried locating his family many years ago, to no avail. Tonight I visited a replica of the Vietnam Memorial, the Healing Wall. I located his name, spoke to a Veteran about his status, came home and found my bracelet and this website. Would love the family to have the bracelet, if they so desire. Thank you for the honor of wearing his name on my wrist for decades and his service in the USAF.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2016
POSTED BY: Joelle Miller

A Day of Remembrance

I'm not sure what triggered me to think about that POW bracelet I wore decades ago on this particular day in May, but I thought of Col. Roosevelt T. Hestle today. I decided to see if I could find any information, and found this remembrance page. I, too, wore his POW bracelet. I was only 8 years old at the time I begged my grandmother to take me to get a bracelet. I wore that bracelet for years, and even as a young child knew how difficult that must be for his family and prayed for his safety. I had hoped I'd find some cheerful news, and I'm saddened to see that this is not the case. My heartfelt condolences to Col. Hestle's family, and even though I never met him, there are certain things that are indelible in my mind, and that bracelet with his name on my wrist is one of them. I'm happy to see his photo so I can now put a face to the bracelet I wore long ago. Sir, you will never be forgotten as long as I shall breathe.
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POSTED ON 1.3.2016
POSTED BY: Bonnie Harding

Pow/MIA bracelet

I had Lt Col Hestles POW bracelet and wore it for yrs up until I got married in 1976. At that point I removed bracelet and have not been able to find it,which makes me sad. Thru the internet I got tosee what he actually looked liked and more detail about and his life,family,capture. I had a brother in the army in the Vietnam war,he returned,but has issues to this day.
Thank his family for his service & sacrifice.
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