Jerry Fields

United States Marine Corps
05 May 1948 - 02 May 1968
Lexington, KY
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jerry Fields

21 December 1998

I never met Jerry but he had a special place in my mother's heart. You see, Jerry never had a family other than several foster homes and placements that never seemed to work out. All he had that was a constant was a social worker named Naomi Norris Murphy, my Mom!

If not for a visit to my home in Virginia in 1990 I might have never heard about Jerry. Mom had to go to the Wall, just as everyone does who has a loved one's name listed there. After asking me to find Jerry's name for her I was more than suprised when, as she approached the Wall, tears began to form in her eyes and she said as she cried "Poor little boy - I never found anyone to love you!!"

The years have passed but Jerry has never left my thoughts, especially the day Mom passed away three years ago. You see, Jerry was Black and I am white, Jerry didn't have a family and I did, Jerry died in Vietnam while I served my time stateside, but we both shared my Mom.

They are together in heaven and it gives me a warm feeling. You see, Mom was wrong about one thing: there was one person who loved Jerry and now there are two.

31 October 2001
An Addendum

I have located Jerry Fields' grave ... he rests today in Lebanon, Kentucky.

21 May 2003

Jerry, it's been 35 years since you passed on. I just wanted you to know I have contacted several of the Marines you served with and they all talk kindly of you. Goes to show you that it's not how long you live but the number of people you touch in the time you are here. Tell Mom, Dad and Mike I'm doing fine and think of all of you each and every day.

Your Brother in heart and soul!

8 Mar 2004

Rest in Peace and God Bless You for your service to our country.

Ron Silverstein
Manassas, Va
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Private Jerry Fields was one of eight Marines from Echo 2/4 killed in action on 02 May 1968:
  • Cpl Thomas E. Diefenderfer, Santa Clara, CA
  • Cpl Herbert L. Meads, Huntsville, AL
  • Cpl Joseph C. Pickett, Chicago, IL
  • Cpl Geoffrey R. Taylor, Canoga Park, CA
  • LCpl Roy R. Cram, Idanha, OR
  • LCpl Wallace B. Foard, Miami, FL
  • LCpl Humberto Reyes, New York, NY
  • Pvt Jerry Fields, Lexington, KY

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Steve (Murph) Murphy
8500 Brooksby Dr, Plano Texas 75024 
21 Dec 1998

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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