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These are but a few of the brave "Tomahawk" Warriors
who have paid the ultimate price in the defense of freedom.
Their bright smiles may have been taken from us but,,

"Our Brothers Are Not Dead, 
Unless They Are Forgotten."

 


THE UNFORGOTTEN

"To my Father & the Soldiers who fought in Vietnam."

The rain never seems to stop here
I only hear the screams
of the passing bullets
flying by my head
Do you hear that?
It's the screams of the unforgotten
trapped in a nightmare
never to wake
My only salvations
are my letters from home
telling me I was not forgotten
There is no sleep here
Too scared to close my eyes
Death keeps chasing me
I cannot grieve for the lost
Ashamed for what I've done
There's a beast that never sleeps, inside me
In my nightmares I speak in other tongues 
I am the unforgotten
For those who have passed
But, are never forgotten

 

By:  Jill Tyler Webb David
Published by:  The International Library of Poetry
Anthology series "Twilight Musings" 2006

 I wrote this in dedication to my father, Joe-Bob Webb and for the soldiers who fought in Vietnam. 
The inspiration behind my poem is my father, a true American hero, my hero because of his struggle to forget the nightmares of Vietnam.  So, I wrote this for my "Daddy & for The Unforgotten."  To my father who left the war with a Purple Heart, bronze star, Silver Star, and a broken heart, full of the nightmares of Vietnam. 
"Dad, I hope that when you read this it will set your heart & soul free."

My father said the hardest thing about the war was his fallen comrades. 
He said; "I just wanted all of us to return home safe. But, so many never made it."
I told my father; "But, Dad, everyone did make it home. Just maybe not to the same home they knew before the war."

Jill

(editors note: Joe-Bob Webb served with Alpha Company 4th/23rd Tomahawks 1970 and now lives in Texas)

 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying; "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"

And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8

 

IN MEMORIAM


SP4 Timothy Andrew Veltman
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
07 DEC 1946 - 04 AUG 66


SSgt Michael Rand
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 APR 1929 - 27 OCT 66


SP5 Marlin Edwin Bembenek
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
02 JAN 1942 - 27 OCT 1966


John Aloysius Lambie Jr.
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
08 NOV 43 - 24 JAN 67


SP4 Robert Thomas Reed
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
27 AUG 1946 - 14 NOV 1966

PFC Steven John Surma
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
21 SEP 1946 - 15 APR 1967


SP4 Roy Eugene Grantham
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
15 FEB 1947 - 28 JUN 1967


1LT Stanley F. "HAP" Patterson
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 JAN 1942 - 07 JUL 67


PFC Gary Lee Love
HHC RECON 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 MAY 1947 -  28 AUG 1967



Richard Gerald Godbout
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
11 JAN 48 - 30 DEC 67


SP5 Max Russell Beaver
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
10 FEB 1945 - 12 FEB 1968 

SP5 "Doc" Frank Arvis Beavers
HHC/Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
13 MAY 1947 - 14 FEB 1968

Jerry Day "Pinky" Leak
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 MAY 47 - 28 FEB 68


SP4 David Eugene Dewitt
HH Company RECON  4th/23rd 25th ID
01 FEB 1947 - 25 MAR 1968


SFC Walter C. Shellito
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
14 MAR 40 - 28 FEB 68


Donald Ray Johnson
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
14 APR 45 - 30 APR 68


1st LT Jack Allen Whetsel Jr.
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
27 NOV 1946 - 30 APR 1968


PFC Milton Earl Spears
HHC 4th/23rd 25th ID
21 SEP 1947 - 06 May 1968


Timothy Arthur Mc Gurty
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 FEB 49 - 23 MAY 68

(photo courtesy David Joles, Milwaukee Journal)


Terry Kenneth Huff
Bravo company 4th/23rd 25th ID
23 DEC 46 - 18 JUL 68


Larry La Vern Elzinga
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
18 NOV 1948 - 03 AUG 1968


SSgt David Oliver Painter
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
03 MAY 1942 - 11 SEP 1968


SGT Edward Kenneth Ryan
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
09 OCT 1947 - 13 SEP 1968


1LT Alfred Vincent Schofield
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
05 JAN 1947 - 16 SEP 1968


SP5 John Paul Beckers
Delta Co 65th Engineers /Bravo Co 4th/23rd 25th ID
27 AUG 1947 - 17 SEP 1968


1LT James Raymond Hockett
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
27 OCT 1945 - 22 SEP 1968


Sgt. Kenneth Bixel
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
25 SEP 1947 - 15 DEC 1968


SGT James Robert Boyle
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
10 MAR 1949 - 30 DEC 1968


Lt Col Albert Charles Butler
Battalion Commander 4th/23rd 25th ID
08 NOV 27 - 22 MAR 69


SP4 Richard M. "Rick" Randolph
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
22 FEB 1948 - 11 JUN 69


Carry Duane Miller
HHC RECON 4th/23rd 25th ID
23 NOV 47 - 06 OCT 69


SP4 Danny John Petersen
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
11 MAR 1949 - 09 JAN 70
 

 

 For our Brothers who have left us since our service in Vietnam
We dedicated this memory to you.

 


CSM John Edward Wise
28 MAR 1917 - 06 OCT 2002

"As brave a soldier and loyal supporter for which and commander could wish."
Photo by:  Maj. Jeff Starnes @ Cu Chi airport 1968

submitted by Col Cliff Neilson


"Doc" John M. Judge
HHC 4th/23rd 25th ID
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID


"Doc" Joe Hurley
HHC / Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
26 OCT 1946 - 20 JUL 2004


William "Billy" Hollander
Charlie Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
circa 1944 - 06 MAR 1995

James Pringle
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
died while assigned as MACV advisor
09 JUN 1968

Nick Bufagna
Bravo Company 4th/23rd 25th ID
circa 1944 - 18 MAY 2002

Eugene Crabtree
Alpha Company 4th/23rd 25th ID (67-68)
27 JUN 2008
 

Special Note: If you have  a picture of one of our fallen brothers please send to: alpha23@tomahawks.us

 

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