This post is quite different from the usual Fold3 spotlights in that it was written by the Fold3 community. The following are selections from comments left at the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Every word was offered by someone who cares deeply about a fallen soldier, be it their uncle, best friend, brother, or husband.
I served with Jehovah Graves (on the wall). I will never forget the lessons you taught me while in-country. You saved my life.
When I located my childhood friend, Adrian J. Smith, I just cried. He was just 20 years old. The information about his death was never shared with us; things were different in the 60′s. I have lost touch with his older sister and younger brother. And I wonder where they are today. Amazing how almost 40 years later I cried for Adrian. He was my best friend…we had so many happy times as teenagers. I will never forget him.
John Jakovac remains in my heart. Your bravery will never be forgotten. Peace be your journey, my friend.
Pfc. Michael L. Beasley USMC
Brother to brother one of Roman Catholic High’s best
You are missed! You will never be forgotten, so rest with the stars.
My classmate and friend. He was way too young to die.
Soldiers are the true heroes everyone dreams about and idolizes. They defend the ones they love, and those they don’t know, so people can all live safely and not worry about anything. The wall lets us remember your name and memory. Too many sacrificed a life of freedom to selflessly provide each of us with a life of contentment.
I don’t know if Robert Barnett has any family or friends out there, but if he does, I want them to know that I wear an MIA bracelet bearing his name every day. He is not forgotten.
Dearest Kevin, please know that you are thought of and missed very much. I want to wish you a happy birthday this coming Friday. Aren’t we getting old?! I’ll never forget your sense of humor—you’re the pun master.
If you knew or served with Robert Herndon Sanders please contact me through this site. I would like someone to be able to tell his son (now grown) about the father he never knew.
My friend James Allen Crosby is here and will be here much longer than I will be around. We came in the army together, went through all of our training together, and were even on the same set of orders to the 1st Cav. at Camron Bay. I was changed to the 25th DIV, D Co. 2/14 Golden Dragons. That was the last time I ever saw Jim alive. We wrote each other, until my letters came back as undeliverable.
Jim was, needless to say, my best friend. We did everything together and I miss him to this day. I live in [Northern Virginia] and it took me 10 years after the wall was up before I could visit. Like so many other vets there, I located his name and when I stood in front of 33E and saw it in black and grey the tears just silently flowed down my cheeks, unbidden. The years washed away and I lost my best friend all over again.
They say a person is never really gone as long as someone still remembers them. Well, Jim, I don’t know about Janet or your mother, but I still remember you and someday I will return your name tag to you at the wall.
Ray Gene Davis was my 1st cousin. He was 3 years older than me. I followed him into the service and retired from the Navy in 1991. I served my country for 20 years but never saw combat. He served 18 months and witnessed hell, then gave his all. He will never be forgotten.
You can read more comments or leave your own at the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Also, you can read about the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial and learn how it was made. Consider contributing to or creating a memorial page for a soldier, where you can upload photos, facts, and stories of him or her and link it to the name on the wall.
[The above excerpts have been modified for spelling, punctuation, and length.]