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 9.28.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Welcome Home

Welcome home, Colonel.
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POSTED ON 6.23.2017
POSTED BY: M Hitchcock

Air Force Col. Roosevelt Hestle, Jr., has now been accounted for

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1225781/pilot-killed-in-vietnam-war-identified-hestle/
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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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