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HONORED ON PANEL 45W, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

SAMUEL RODGER CASTELLANO

WALL NAME

SAMUEL R CASTELLANO

PANEL / LINE

45W/5

DATE OF BIRTH

08/14/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MEDFORD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Middlesex County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR SAMUEL RODGER CASTELLANO
POSTED ON 2.4.2021
POSTED BY: Fred "Vito" Garnes

Too Brief a Friendship

I write this on Feb 4th 2021. I recently, went through some old stuff I had stashed up on a shelf in my closet. Some of this saved stuff was folded paper, with notes, in two OLD plastic “pages” from a looong ago worn out wallet.

Picking into the translucent “pages” I pulled out a piece paper with a civilian address on it from a buddy of mine and some other scribbling. The civilian address was of a Vietnam brother that I’m still in contact with. On the flip side of that same piece of paper, there was an address of a guy I’d forgotten about until now. His name was Sam, a Marine. His address was his "Vietnam address", aka his mailing address with unit he served with in Vietnam written in his hand. The photo I have of his note with address will not download on this site. Too bad..

We Army soldiers, and Sam's small Marine canon crew, served on LZ Sharon located three klicks SW of Quang Tri City, in I Corps close to the DMZ. My two man hootch/bunker/tent on Sharon was just down the hill from where his Marine 155 gun battery sat. A few of us Soldiers would go up and watch how the crew worked the cannon. Occasionally, we’d break out a joint and toke up with the guys on the crew, sometimes breakin’ balls as to which service branch was best and other assorted BS that was what we all did to pass time.

With this old new found info I'd discovered, I googled Sam to see what I could find. After several misses, I kept on trying and finally found him. To my sadness, I discovered that he died about six weeks after I left LZ Sharon, on July 4th 1968, to DEROS aka return to the states as my 12 month tour was over. Of all things to happen to a guy in a combat zone, he died in a truck accident on August 30.

I recall that I did what I promised him when I returned to the “World”, aka stateside, for my 30 day leave. I wrote him a letter. I never got a reply. I wondered about him a few times and moved on with life and forgot about him. Until 52.5 years later. Damn war never stops “giving”. I took a deep breath, steadied my mind, reminded myself of the tools I’ve learned to deal with ptsd, and reflected on our brief friendship. Some did give all. SIGH….

So, this my memorial to his memory. Semper Fi my forever young friend: Sam Castellano.
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POSTED ON 10.20.2017
POSTED BY: LUCY CONTE MICIK

THANKS

Dear PFC Samuel Castellano,
I hope your photo is put here because this wall of faces is missing yours. Thanks for your service as a Field Artillery Cannoneer. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.30.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 1.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear PFC Samuel Rodger Castellano, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.
Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.26.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Samuel is buried at Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford,MA.
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