Darrel Bruce Helmke

Private First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
17 February 1950 - 12 April 1968
Cokato, Minnesota
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1 CAV DIV

8TH CAV RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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27 May 2001

Darrel ...

There hasn't been one Memorial Day that has passed since you died that my thoughts have not turned to you. Each Memorial Day I place little American Flags around the Vietnam Memorial here in Buffalo, New York. I think of you and the good times we had together in the short time we had before you left us. The good times included talk of home and loved ones and dreaming of going back to THE WORLD. I have thought so many many times over the last three decades of contacting your family and letting them know that someone kind and gentle was with you in your last moments and that you were not alone in the jungle. We were all saddened April 12th, 1968, when you were taken from us.

I will miss you forever, Buddy.
A Warrior's Love never Dies

Jim
buffaloetc@adelphia.net



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Combat Buddy,
James R. Schaller
buffaloetc@adelphia.net 
27 May 2001



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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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