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 3.17.2001
POSTED BY: Marsha L. Britton

I knew you not, but I will never forget you.

I wore your POW-MIA bracelet for years. I was never able to find out anything about you until now. I searched the newspapers and t.v. when the other POWs came home but I never found out anything until now. Just before the others came home my bracelet broke part way through and I took it as a sign that you were gone. I still have the bracelet and I will always remember your name and that you served your country well and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace Roosevelt.
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POSTED ON 11.22.2000

If I should die...remembrances for COL. Roosevelt "Rosey" Hestle, Jr., USAF.

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart and trembling hand, to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2000
POSTED BY: Cindy Williams Hewett

Gone But Not Forgotten

In Memory Of
Roosevelt Hestle Jr


It has been many years since I first heard your name. I wore a bracelet for years and when the War ended and the names were printed in the paper I searched, hoping not to find you still missing. I continued to wear the bracelet, still hoping and praying for your return. To this day I still have the bracelet and the sticker that came with it. The bracelet is tucked away in a safe place and is kept in your honor. The sticker is pasted in the back of my bible to remind me to pray for you and your family. I can only hope that you are at peace with God, the One for whose country you gave your life. I can now only express my heart felt gratitude to your family for the sacrifice that you made for the freedom that I enjoy to this day....for the freedom that my children enjoy and for the freedom that my grandchildren will enjoy. I am sure that God will bless you for giving your life to protect our country. You will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 6.5.1999
POSTED BY: Evelyn Ryan

My Mentor

I too wore his bracelet, and still have it, although it is in 2 pieces. It is amazing how many times his name has shown up when I least expect it.
In 1983 or 84 I read a very small article in my hometown paper that stated his remains ( I believe) had been returned home. I do remember calling information and getting the phone number for his father. I think he was a minister at the time. I called them and spoke with someone, and let them know that there was still someone out there who knew who he was, at least what he died for.
I have visited both the wall In D.C. and the moving wall many times, and each time I have left something of mine there for him, besides my tears and thanks. One thing I have always left him has been my warrant officer bars as I have been promoted through the guard.
He has always been my inspiration all through high school and remains so today.
a few years ago I purchased the book commerating the rememberances left at the wall, and lo and behold on a page showing nothing but bracelets, there was his name.
There have been to many incidents in my life involving this man's spirit for it to be just a mere coincidence.
I am so glad that a friend sent me this link and that someone else had "known" and written about him.
Thank you
Evelyn Ryan
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POSTED ON 2.22.1999
POSTED BY: Robin Roeben

In Memory of Roosevelt Hestle Jr.

For years during the war, I wore a POW / MIA bracelett with Roosevelt Hestle Jr.'s name on it. After the war ended, I'd always hoped that he'd come back and I searched the newspapers for word of his return when POW's were set free. I never knew if he was a POW or an MIA - but I'd always hoped somehow he'd come back. At the time, I never learned what had happened to him.

Now, so many years later, the bracelett is long gone, but I still remember his name. I spoke with a friend who mentioned the Vietnam Memorial Web Site was online and so I came to look for him. I was so sorry to see his name listed - after all these years, I couldn't help but cry for him, even after all this time.

I was even sadder to see that no one had left a rememberance of him - so I leave my rememberance for him. I'll always carry the memory of this man who started out as just a name on a bracelett and who later came to symbolize the entire war for me.

He'll always be alive, so long as he is remembered. Rest in Peace

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