Panel 9E, Row 22

by Jeff Cornish May. 30, 2016 2023 views

Andrew Chamaj was from my hometown. I can vividly remember when he died in 1966. He was a medical corpsman and was killed in a helicopter crash in Quang Tri province in Vietnam.

He was older than I was and I did not know him. But I can vividly remember hearing about his death and I have never forgotten it. To a teenager in a small town, the brutal reality of war and the real world arrived.

I often think about all the life I have lived and enjoyed, because of the sacrifice of Andrew and so many others. I feel selfish and unworthy. He would have turned 74 this July 12th.

I took this picture several days ago when I visited Washington, DC. I always go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and look up Andrew. And I thank him and the 58,000 others on that wall.

Memorial Day is more than a day off and a picnic.

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Bill Baird 4 years, 1 month ago

Great tribute. We must NEVER forget.

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Diane Davis 4 years, 1 month ago

Your post is very poignant and well said. God bless those fallen military people and God bless America. May their deaths not be in vain.

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 1 month ago

I found the Vietnam memorial wall extremely moving, as I do all war cemeteries.

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