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Sel Wong (#48081559)
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Bio Photo I served in Vietnam with a Marine rifle company, Delta Co., 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, in the latter part of 1968 until I was wounded in a firefight.

I was sent back to the states for medical treatments of my wounds at the Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton, California. In between the visit to the hospital, I was an instructor training Marines going over to Vietnam for a thirteen month tour. I knew how important it was to do my best to train these men from my experiences how to survive their deployment. Deep inside I also knew some of them will not come back no matter how hard I tried.

After I was discharged, reading about the rising casualties in Vietnam, I regretted I couldn't have done more. Few years later I saw the movie "Garden of Stones" about the Army's Old Guard burying soldiers killed in Vietnam. In the movie a sergeant with a similar job as mine explain to his girl friend how he felt with the task of such futility. He said, "If your house is burning and you can't save all your children, you do what you can and cry about the rest later". That is why I'm here on behalf of all combat training instructors; to cry for and honor the ones we couldn't save.

Semper Fidelis
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Cheryl Rush
Ronold L Fox
You have placed a picture of him on the site. I would like to use it in my Husbands family tree. This was his first cousin; may I use it for our personal tree?

Cheryl Rush
Added by Cheryl Rush on May 01, 2016 6:08 AM
Good Intentions
Soldier Memorials
The work that you do and have done, and the amount of dedication that you give to fallen soldiers has not gone unnoticed. If you ever need photos from anywhere in my area, please do not hesitate to make a direct request and I will see to it that the best photos obtainable are achieved.

All the best,

Emanon
Added by Good Intentions on Apr 21, 2016 8:12 AM
Kathryn J McCloud
PFC James O. Hall, Jr. Memorial #126295005
Sel, Thank you SO much for posting Jimmy's official picture to this memorial! Beyond that, I am deeply grateful to you for your service, and for your continued dedication to the young men who did not return. May you be blessed! Kathy McCloud
Added by Kathryn J McCloud on Feb 10, 2016 3:18 PM
Mary T.
LCpl Rojelio Bocanegra
I want to "Thank You" so very much for sharing Rojelio Bocanegra's photo with us. I have been searching online hoping to get at least a High School photograph of this wonderful hero. I knew Rojelio as a child in Cystal City. He was my brother's friend and would visit our house often. His father Erasmo was my Godfather, and our families were good friends. My family left Crystal City in 1954, but came and visited the
Bocanegra family in 1956. That was the last time I saw Rojelio and his family. When we heard about his death my parents were devastated. I called his parents and talked to his mother Maria, and its a conversation that I will never forget. I wish that I had know Rojelio better, all I know is that he came from a wonderful and very loving family.
Added by Mary T. on Sep 22, 2015 5:15 PM
Bill Norman
Richard Ray Henling
Hi Sel,
I am writing about the photograph you posted on Memorial #12796191 for Richard Ray Henling. It looks like a photo from a Marine Corps Recruit Training album. Did you know Richard? Do you know which Platoon he graduated with? Richard enlisted as part of Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - on 29 Jun 1965, however he did not graduate with us, being transferred to another platoon before we graduated. I believe he served with 3rd Recon in Viet Nam. I served with 1st Recon, 1966-1967. Anything you can share with me will be appreciated. Thank you for your service, my fellow Marine. Semper Fi.
Bill Norman
Added by Bill Norman on Sep 18, 2015 9:31 AM
Tony
RE: PFC RE Stallings
Sel,
Thank you and Semper Fi,
Tony
Added by Tony on Sep 01, 2015 1:01 PM
Tony
PFC RE Stallings
Hi Sel,
Would you please remove the photo from memorial #
66274899 of PFC Robert Elvis Stallings and repost the photo of him on memorial #147070533, at the
Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, WA, where he is burial.
Memorial with his photo has a no cemetery.
Thank you very much for all the photos that you have found and posted.
Thanks,
Tony #47235247
Added by Tony on Sep 01, 2015 12:12 PM
snm
Jerald Wayne Pendell
I was wondering if you were aware you have the identical photo of this man on his memorial twice. It looks like perhaps you hit it twice inadvertently. Memorial #118118092
Added by snm on Aug 30, 2015 5:18 PM
Rey
Davids' picture
Thanks for posting Davids' picture on this website. The picture was one I posted on the Virtual Wall a few years ago. David and I were best friends. I visit his grave site 2 or 3 times a year when I am in Oregon.
Regards,
Rey
Added by Rey on Jul 12, 2015 12:44 PM
Harry Senft
Corp David Eugene Boyer
Hi Sel
Thank you for posting the picture for David Eugene Boyer memorial #65084390, he was my friend.
Dong family history, I found out he is my 6th cousin.

Semper Fi, Harry
Added by Harry Senft on Jun 05, 2015 1:05 PM
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