|Billy M. Brown (#46859520)|
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A member of the Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Midland, Texas. I am researching all 228 men who died in Vietnam from 30 West Texas Counties. Project includes finding burial sites.|
I am also attempting to locate the final burial places and pictures of all Veterans who died in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund is in the process of building a new education center which will house the photos of all Vietnam casualties. I am involved in this project. If any one has a picture of a Vietnam casualty, please let me know.
I am attempting to add memorial tributes to those Vietnam deaths as I find them at findagrave. I am using data from many sources. One of the best is www.virtualwall.org. This is a copyrighted site. I have been a 10 year contributor and assist them when and where I am asked. I am not on their staff. I have obtained permission to utilize some of their material. That permission, however, is limited and does not give other contributors the permission to copy and use that material without obtaining authorization from www.virtualwall.org.
Other sources includes Department of Defense Form 1330 headstone request information. I do not have actual copies of these requests but do have means to obtain copies from other researchers such at www.virtualwall.org and Robert Sage of Austin, Texas. This information, however, was documented a short time following the death of the service member. There have been instances where a service member was disinterred and moved to another grave site at a later date. Some of the information gives a burial locale and not a specific cemetery. In those instances, the headstone was most often delivered to the Funeral Home, or when delivered to a family member, they made their own arrangements to the set the headstone.
Other sites that I utilize is the Wall Project at www.vvmf.org. This is the actual site of the Wall. Some of the information includes other contributors who have documented information there. I attempt to give credit as I can.
Other sites include www.thewall-usa.com. Finally, I have utilized information from family, friends and acquaintances to document the Vietnam casualty's final resting place. Invaluable is the contribution of the findagrave community. These volunteers have assisted in actually locating and documenting burial sites.
There are occasionally errors and omissions, but I will correct that when I receive creditable information.
If you feel that any of the images/words used on this site infringe on YOUR rights, please contact me via EDIT BUTTON FOR CORRESPONDENCE and I will be more than happy to comply with your request and remove them.
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|Elaine Spikes||Van H. Pearson, Golden Gate Cemetery, San Bruno, CA|
Thank you so much for taking the time to research and post information regarding my brother. He was with my other brother, Clyde, when he was killed. Clyde was wounded. I have added pictures and linked Van, Clyde, my mother, Clara, and my father, Milton. I hope you have a moment to look at their memorials. They are all buried together.
|Kathleen||Sgt Robert Edwin Freitas,57992333|
I would like to know if I can have a copy of my Uncle Robert who died in Pleiku nam.??
Thank You so much! His mom had the photograph, but sadly, she passed away and the family has very few that I'm aware of.
Added by Kathleen on Apr 20, 2015 10:28 PM
|Laura Hasley||Sgt Henry Dellecker|
I wore Henry Dellecker's POW bracelet as a child and I would like to send it to his family if you have any information I would appreciate it. Thank you! Laura
|Tom Tyler||Lawrence Ray Barns 59489817|
Hello Billy,my name is Tom Tyler 47558746, also photograph grave markers for Find A Grave,volunteer librarian for Van Zandt County Gen.Soc.Neal Fletcher called yesterday asking if we could find any info on L.R.Barns,who is buried in Canton,Tx,said he was with Mr Barns when he was. killed.Just checking with you,I am a veteran during the Korean war US Army 1953-1956 9th Inf Div,60th FA Bn,Germany,thank you for your service and especially the service of Lawrence Ray Barns
|RobMinteer57||more Domingo Rodriguez|
His entry in Sacred Heart lists the plot number--you or the other interested folks can contact the cemetery and see if he is really in that plot. Let me know if and when you edit the burial location on your original Find A Grave entry, and I'll delete my duplicate.
|RobMinteer57||more Domingo Rodriguez|
The cemetery list with him in it gave plot info, but other than that I have no definite indication that he's buried in Sacred Heart.
|LADONNA GREER COLLETT||Byant E.Kirk|
Hi Billy, I accepted the request for a tombstone photo for Bryant Kirk. I made two different calls to the cemetery and had them go thru their records looking for a burial location. They went thru the digital records as well as going thru their older paper records. There is no record of Bryant being buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa,Tx. After rereading his obit it states he died in San Antonio ,and was to be buried in
Sunset Memorial Park . Our cemetery has always been called Sunset Memorial Gardens. However there is a Sunset Memorial Park on Find a Grave in Bexar Co.Tx.(which is San Antonio). It's highly likely the creator of his memorial just put him in the wrong cemetery.
Dupe deleted...thanks for catching that! Don't know why it didn't come up when I searched!?!
|Linda Tremonti||Vietnam War Army Soldier James E. Walker Find A Grave Memorial #3645121|
Thank you Billy M. Brown for posting PFC James E. Walker Jr's high school photo on Find A Grave.
I grew up with Jimmy and after he shipped out to Nam, we corresponded by letters. We were like brother and sister all our childhood, and even after his mom and dad moved to Pacifica, CA from S.F., just before high school, our families stayed in touch. Jimmy met a girl in the East Bay, and when he came home from boot camp before going to Nam, he came over to tell us he had a ring and was going to propose marriage. He was all excited. Seems they corresponded while he was in boot camp, but I never knew much about their relationship, all we knew was, he was madly in love. Later that afternoon, 3 days before his orders to leave for Nam, he came by the house in S.F. to say goodbye, but ultimately quite upset and very sad. He told me that when he had gone to the girlfriends house, he was surprised to see she had a Navy guy there sitting on her couch, and she told Jimmy, she was going to marry the Navy guy instead. When only a month or so later, after Jimmy's body came home from Vietnam, at his funeral, there were many of his friends and family there, yet I couldn't help noticing one girl standing all alone way in the back, and she had on a black laced veil that covered her face, acting strangely as if she wanted to be left alone and in my heart I knew who she was, and so did Jimmy's mom, but none of us cared to go up and ask. Jimmy was gone now, there would be nothing to gain from disrupting the service, and upsetting his memory. He was now at peace, and that was enough for us. I had one photo of him when he graduated from boot camp, that he sent me while I was still single, but through the years, one marriage and 2 kids later, I regrettably lost it, in all the various moves we made from place to place. I only wish the Army could have duplicate copies of their graduating soldiers from boot camp, so that someone (you or I) could be able to post it here on this Memorial, or maybe there is a boot camp yearbook? Unfortunately, Jimmy's parents both passed away, in fact, since my family and I moved out of state, I had been told they are both buried next to Jimmy in the National Golden Gate Cemetery in San Bruno, and although he had one sister who was older and married at the time, I think she lived far away for years, and I never really knew her, or where she lived, otherwise, I would have tried to make contact to ask if she herself would post Jimmy's Military photo on this memorial. I don't even know if she is still living.
Thank you again for all your hard work for all our honorable U.S. Soldiers/Veterans who fought to live or die in their sacrifice to serve our country, and God bless good men like you, who keep their memories alive for all of us.
|Sharon Martin||Fred Earles|
Thank you so much for the transfer of my brother.
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