TO HONOR YOUR LIFE AND SACRIFICE
I am an army veteran who was discharged just 7 days before your death.
I did not know you but I grew up as a classmate of your wife, Karen.
Thank you for your willingness to serve our country despite the risks that ultimately resulted in you losing your life. You lost your life, your parents lost their son, your wife lost her husband, and your sons lost their dad.
We can never repay the debt we owe you and your family.
May your name on The Wall elicit gratitude from all who see it.
Welcome home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans
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
You have not been forgotten by your family. Its been 45 years and I still think of you always.
I had a letter for you that I wrote before the Navy came to tell me about you. I want to send you this one to take its place.
Our sons Daniel and Shan were so young when you were taken from us that they don't remember a lot of our life together. You would be so proud of them. They were so easy to raise. They never gave me any problems(maybe a little when they were teenagers).Both of them are a lot like you were, good hearted and easy going. I know one of these days they will write and tell you all about their family.
We had some good times together. We had no money but we still could go over to our friend,s home for dancing or to play cards until 3:00 in the morning. Everyone like having you around because you were always the life of the party. You enjoyed life so much.
We have three grandkids, Drew, Donald, and Shannon. I am so proud of how good of father's Dan and Shan are. We did good. The grandkids are a lot like their dads. They have the picture of their grandfather Donald, the last picture that you sent me. The one with the helicopter and you on the USS Weinwright on June 1967.
Your family has been so good to me. They took me in after you were gone and they treated me like part of their family. I was so lucky to have had a family like your to take your place.
Donald, you will never be forgotten. I knew you have been watching out for us all these years. I'm sorry that I didn't write to you more and was upset that you went over to Vietnam. I know you have forgiven me, I just need to forgive myself.
Ilove you and always will.