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In Memoriam

a catalogue of tributes commemorating remembrance






Mourning is a temporary adjustment to personal loss, but grief is a permanent accommodation to an altered world.
anonymous


Their Name Liveth for Evermore.
excerpted by J. Rudyard Kipling from Ecclesiasticus 44:14 [Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.] as the epitaph superscribed over the listed dead in Commonwealth War Cemeteries on behalf of the Imperial War Graves Commission


On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
by Theodore O'Hara ["The Bivouac of the Dead" (1847); this Mexican War poem, commemorating the American dead at the 22 Feb 1847 Battle of Buena Vista, is displayed at every national cemetery by an act of Congress]


Go, tell the Spartans, thou who passest by
That here obedient to their laws we lie.
by Simonides of Ceos [epitaph for Thermopylae (480BC); alternatively: "Go, tell the Spartans, thou who passeth by, that faithful to their precepts, here dead we lie."]


When you go home, Remember to tell them about us, And say: for all their tomorrows, We gave our today.
paraphrase of John Maxwell Edmonds ["When you go home, Tell them of us and say, For their tomorrow, We gave our today." or "Ye who live quietly on pastures green, Remember us, and think what might have been."; an epitaph frequently inscribed at World War I and World War II cemeteries, most notably at the memorial for the seige of Imphal-Kohima, Assam (April 1944)]


To me it seems that the consummation which has overtaken these men shows us the meaning of manliness in its first revelation and in its final proof. Some of them, no doubt, had their faults; but what we ought to remember first is their gallant conduct against the enemy in defense of their native land. They have blotted out evil with good, and done more service to the commonwealth than they ever did harm in their private lives. No one of these men weakened because he wanted to go on enjoying his wealth; no one put off the awful day in the hope that he might live to escape his poverty and grow rich .... In the fighting, they thought it more honorable to stand their ground and suffer death than to give in and save their lives. So they fled from the reproaches of men, abiding with life and limb the brunt of battle; and in a small moment of time, the climax of their lives, a culmination of glory, not of fear, were swept away from us.
by Pericles [funeral oration memorializing the Athenian dead in the Peloponnesian War recorded by Thucydides]


There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.
by R. Woodrow Wilson


Our God and soldier, we alike adore;
Even at the brink of danger, not before;
After deliverance, both alike requited;
Our gods forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
by Francis Quarles (1632)


In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud:
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
by William Ernest Henley ["Invictus: In Memoriam R.T. Hamilton Bruce]


These heroes are dead. They died for liberty -- they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or storm, each in the windowless palace of rest. Earth may run red with other wars -- they are at peace. In the midst of battles, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.
by Robert Green Ingersoll ["Memorial Day Vision"]


When an old soldier dies, it's like a library has burned down.
military maxim


Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ["Hyperion" (1839)]


Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.
by William Faulkner [The Wild Palms (1939)]


He might be remembering his own good chaps, and the lost, forgotten, and discredited causes for which they had died, but he was remembering without tears. He had seen so many bodies, so many deaths. Could any death now be more to him than a single statistic? Armistice Day isn't to do with peace. It's to do with war and remembering one's dead. A nation which can't remember its dead will soon cease to be worth dying for.
paraphrase of P.D. James [The Skull Beneath the Skin (1982)]


The war in Vietnam threatened to tear our society apart, and the political and philosophical disagreements that separated each side continue, to some extent. It's been said that these [privately financed] memorials reflect a hunger for healing.
by Ronald Wilson Reagan (11 Nov 1984)


Some of your countrymen were unable to distinguish between their native dislike for war and the stainless patriotism of those who suffered its scars. But there has been a rethinking [and] now we can say to you, and say as a nation, thank you for your courage.
by Ronald Wilson Reagan (11 Nov 1984)


And now, that nothing but the recollection of their deeds remains, we should become more tenacious of their glory.
by James Fenimore Cooper [preface The Pilot (1823)]


A society that does not value the sacrifices of its native sons will not long endure.
anonymous


They were young [when they died], and they did not leave much behind; so they need someone to remember them.
by Norman Maclean [Young Men and Fire (1993)]


To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
by François Marie Arouet de Voltaire ["Première Lettre sur Oedipe" (1719; repr vol 1 Works 1785)]


Many are concerned about the monuments of the West and the East — to know who built them. For my part, I should like to know who in those days did not build them — who were above such trifling.
by Henry David Thoreau [Walden (1854)]


A nation must be judged by the monuments it puts up.
by André Malraux


A civilization that builds monuments to itself has ceased to develop.
anonymous


If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.
by Oscar Wilde [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills] [Public Letter for Funeral and Mourning Reform meeting (15 Jan 1885)]


We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tin-horn culture. And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.
New York Times commentary (30 Oct 1963)


Damn all men who make war on monuments. The present may belong to the Roman Empire by force of conquest, but by all the gods, the past does not. A nation is surely of contemptable and cowardly mind that goes to battle against another nation's history.
by Lloyd C. Douglas [The Robe (1942)]


The holiest of holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ["Holidays"]


Therefore, build no monument to me,
And carve no bust for me,
Lest, though I become not a demi-god,
The reality of my soul be lost,
So that thieves and liars,
Who were my enemies and destroyed me,
May claim me and affirm before my bust
That they stood with me in the days of my defeat.
Build me no monument
Lest my memory be perverted to the uses
Of lying and oppression.
by Herman Altman



With fraternal love and eternal appreciation,
this proffering is respectfully dedicated to
the few, those precious few, that implausible band of brothers;
because those who've happily shed their blood with me,
in hopelessly anguished battles for our sacred honor,
shall always be my brothers.

In memory of ...

Jerry Dean Adams
(17th Cav, 12th Avn Gp, KIA: 18 Feb 68, Tay Ninh, RVN);
Talmadge Horton Alphin Jr.
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Arthur Edward Bader Jr.
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Norman Earl Baldwin
(201st MF Co, 2d MSF Cmd, Det B-20, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 25 Aug 68, Quang Duc, RVN);
Ronald Gene Berry
(USASF, SCD: 08 May 81, Ft Bragg, NC);
James Douglas Birchim
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 15 Nov 68, Laos);
William Henry Bric III
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Bobby Gene Brown
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, SCD: 30 Nov 67, Binh Dihn, RVN);
Leslie L. Brucker Jr.
(201st MF Co, 2d MSF Cmd, Det B-20, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 25 Aug 68, Quang Duc, RVN);
Aubrey Allen Bryan
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 10 Apr 68, Quang Tin, RVN);
Charles Dorian Bullard
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 29 Jan 69, Laos);
Crecencio Cardosa
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 10 Apr 68, Quang Tin, RVN);
Stephen John Chaney
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Sep 69, Laos);
William Michael Copley
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 16 Nov 68, Laos);
Charles Michael Corry
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 15 Apr 68, Quang Tri, RVN);
George Noble Deverall
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 10 Apr 68, Quang Duc, RVN);
Michael Banion Dooley
(Det A-239, B Co, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 25 Aug 68, Duc Lap, RVN);
Richard Allan Fitts
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
James Richard Golding
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 23 Nov 68, Kontum, RVN);
Lawrence Douglass Greene
(4/503rd, 173rd Abn Bde, KIA: 30 Jan 68, Phu Yen, RVN);
Thomas Gordon Hudson
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 05 Aug 68, Laos);
Jeffrey Andrew Hults
(2/34 Arm, 25th Inf Div, KIA: 12 Feb 68, Hua Nghia, RVN);
Donald Albert Jones
(S5, 2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, DOW: 26 Jul 68, Binh Dihn, RVN);
Larry Wayne Jones
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 25 May 68, Kontum, RVN);
John James Kedenburg
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 14 Jun 68, Laos);
Tadeusz Marian Kepczyk
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Thua Thien, RVN);
Donald Ray Kerns
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
James Thomas Kickliter
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Gary Russell LaBohn
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Gerald "Jerry" David Leask
(USN aviation, SCD: 20 Dec 69, Miramar NAS, CA);
Antonio Lopez Jr.
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 25 May 68, Kontum, RVN);
James Martin Luttrell
(TF1AE, MACV-SOG, MIA/KIA: 10 May 71, Laos);
Rudolph George Machata
(Det A-244, B Co, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 May 69, Ben Het, RVN);
Guy Wayne Martin
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 25 May 68, Kontum, RVN);
Everett Lee Maxwell
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 18 Nov 67, Kontum, RVN);
Stefan Mazak
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 18 Apr 68, Long Khanh, RVN);
Michael Hammond Mein
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Thomas William Mitchell
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 02 Dec 67, Binh Dihn, RVN);
Charles Raymond Norris
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Norman Payne
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 19 Dec 68, Laos);
Richard Epps Pegram Jr.
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Psyng
(Bahnar interpreter, DOW: 28 Nov 68, Kontum, RVN);
George Quamo
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 14 Apr 68, Quang Tri, RVN);
Clarence Cecil Ratliff
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 02 Jul 68, Kien Tuong, RVN);
John Bruce Reed
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 04 Jul 68, Laos);
Rolf Ernst Rickmers
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Daniel Flore Sandoval
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 15 Apr 68, Quang Tri, RVN);
Anthony John Santana
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Robert Francis Scherdin
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 29 Dec 68, Cambodia);
Klaus Dieter Scholz
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Gilbert Arthur Secor
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Paul Roy Severson
(201st MF Co, 2d MSF Cmd, Det B-20, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 25 Aug 68, Quang Duc, RVN);
Edward Clarence Sheldon
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 25 Mar 68, Thua Thien, RVN);
Stanley Lawton Sieting
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 31 Aug 68, Laos);
Tadeusz Sosniak
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 30 Aug 68, Quang Tri, RVN);
Raymond Clark Stacks
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Forestal Alonzo Stevens
(522d MF Co, 5th MSF Cmd, Det B-55, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 25 Aug 68, Quang Duc, RVN);
James Daniel Stride Jr.
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 05 Oct 68, Laos);
Pearly Junior Thomas
(2/1 ACR, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 16 Feb 68, Pleiku, RVN);
Dennis Ray Thorpe
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 15 Apr 68, Quang Tri, RVN);
Thomas H. Tice
(Alaska National Guard, SCD: 01 May 68, Ft Leonard Wood, MO);
Samuel Kamu Toomey III
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, MIA/KIA: 30 Nov 68, Laos);
Estevan Torres
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, DOW: 22 Mar 68, Laos);
Robert Joseph Uyesaka
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Howard Steven Varni
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Harold Robert Voorheis
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Larry Wade
(3/8 Inf, 4th Inf Div, KIA: 11 Nov 67, Kontum, RVN);
Albert Marion Walter
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
William Francis Walters
(175th AHC, 214th Avn Bn, 164th Avn Gp, 1st Avn Bde, DOW: 11 Jun 70, Bac Lieu, RVN);
Donald Walter Welch
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, KIA: 23 Aug 68, Quang Nam, RVN);
Garland D. Whitmore II
(1/1 ACR, 23rd Inf Div, KIA: 05 Sep 67, Quang Tin, RVN);
Charles Earl Wilcox Jr.
(SOA, 5th SFGAbn, SCD: 10 Apr 68, Quang Tri, RVN)

... it would be an honor to share a place with you in Valhalla!







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