GERALD L AADLAND
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HONORED ON PANEL 63W, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

GERALD L AADLAND

WALL NAME

GERALD L AADLAND

PANEL / LINE

63W/14

DATE OF BIRTH

03/29/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SISSETON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Roberts County

STATE

SD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GERALD L AADLAND
POSTED ON 10.12.2005
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"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 heros 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 heros 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
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POSTED ON 5.4.2005

Gerald Aadland

I would like to thank the casualties of Vietnam for their bravery at war. The lives lost in Vietnam were lives lost attempting to make the world a better place. Vietnam was a tough battle fought by young adults including Gerald L. Aadland. Thank you Gerald for your courage and you will always be remembered. Even though I do not know you or what you looked like I have a name to associate with these times in history. You have made this time in history more personal for me.

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POSTED ON 11.10.2004
POSTED BY: JK

First

It appears that Mr. Aadland is the very first in the long, sad alphabet of 58,000 names on The Wall.
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POSTED ON 10.30.2000

If I should die...remembrances for SP4. Gerald L. Aadland, USA.

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 8.10.2000
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Sisseton's fine soldier.

Sisseton's fine soldier.
Goodbye, America's heroes, we have shamefully failed to stand by you, for all the wrong reasons, which had tempted us aside!...we must honor them, every day when we see their names upon the Wall. And from every corner of the land, they answered to the call! Every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine and Coast Guardsman, too...they all gave their lives so we could live beneath the old Red, White, and Blue! Well done, Gerald...be thou at peace!
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