JOEL VRUGGINK
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HONORED ON PANEL 39W, LINE 31 OF THE WALL

JOEL VRUGGINK

WALL NAME

JOEL VRUGGINK

PANEL / LINE

39W/31

DATE OF BIRTH

10/30/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/06/1968

HOME OF RECORD

HUDSONVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ottawa County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOEL VRUGGINK
POSTED ON 3.11.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

There is a place
Not far from here
Where spirits walk
And heroes live
And honor still resides.

It is a wall
With names inscribed
Of those who served
When they were asked...
The brothers of my youth.

I go there still
To walk and think
About my life,
And what I've done since
And things that might have been.

There is a debt
I can't repay
Too many lives were spent.
And one man's life cannot suffice
To make their deaths worthwhile.

But there is hope
In the memory
Of those we leave behind
Who know the price that freedom brings
Who can carry on in kind.

I send you now
To touch a name
So the vision can be passed
Remember there is honor still
It is for you to see it lasts.

They are not dead
And have a wish
As all old soldiers do
The reflection you see before you now
Is their wish to live in you.
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POSTED ON 10.9.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp5 Joel Vruggink, Thank you for your service as an Armor Crewman with the 1st Cavalry. Your 76th birthday is soon, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Tomorrow, we celebrate Columbus Day. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2017
POSTED BY: Dave Porter

Joel was a freind to me.

Miss you and I remember going to Hess Lake. You, Bob, and I out on a Friday night in Jiggs' 57 Chevy. Good times.
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POSTED ON 8.24.2015
POSTED BY: Julie

Dear Cousin

RIP Joel, I wish I had the chance to know you, but it was not to be. My only memory was of your funeral. I have learned bits and pieces about your life through family and a friend of yours from school. Thank you for everything you did, and enjoying what you were able to in your short life.
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POSTED ON 10.26.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP5 Joel Vruggink, sir

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

Curt Carter
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