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Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
The Philadelphia Inquirer - April 13, 1966
KILLED IN VIET BATTLE
A 27-year-old Army staff sergeant who wrote his last letter home that 'those characters on the streets with the beards should be brought over here and put right on the front lines,' was killed Monday by enemy small-arms fire in Vietnam.
Edwin H. Levering, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Levering, of Fawn Lake Village Trailer Park, on Route 206, Indian Mills, N.J., wrote about 10 days ago and voiced 'disgust' at the 'draft-card burners,' his father said.
A holder of the Purple Heart and Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Levering was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam. During his first tour, from October to December, 1963, he served as machine gunner in 14 helicopters that were forced down.
He had been on his second tour since October, 1965, and had been wounded severely in the legs on February 5 when he stepped on two mines, his father said Tuesday.
A member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, Levering was a squad leader of a machine-gun unit. He was hit early Monday, the Department of Defense told his parents.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, and six sisters.
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers