Gordon Wayne StofletLance Corporal
WPNS PLT, B CO, 1ST BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
18 October 1946 - 29 June 1967
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The database page for Gordon Wayne Stoflet
We still miss your presence after all these years...
I was 15, but so close to him, it devastated me when he was wounded .. coming from a family of 8 children it was impossible for all of us to make the trip to Bethesda, Maryland, when he was shipped home. I was the rebel of the family and I decided if my parents couldn't take me I'd just hitchhike there ... which I did, along with a girlfriend. I was able to see Gordy, hold his hand, and tell him how much we all loved him and how we would all be together again when he got well.
Sadly that was not to be and
From his sister,
Boy, it's been a long time since I started a letter out this way but I still think about you just about every day. I wonder what your life would be like, who you would have married and what your children would be like. So unfair that you never had a chance to even begin life before you were taken away from us. And now with this new war it makes us stop and think even more. Such a different war than what you had to fight in.
I think all in all you would be proud of all your brothers and sisters. There have been some bad times for all of us but there has been more good. Margie and I both came very close to joining you and Dad last year but I guess GOD had other plans for us, so we will just have to wait until he is ready.
Say hi to Dad for me, I miss him more and more but I'm glad you two have each other until the rest of us join you.
I love you Gordy, your sister
10 Dec 2006
It's been a long time since I've written but just had to let you know how much I have been thinking about you lately, listening to your tapes, reading and rereading the letter received from one of the guys in your platoon. Finally after so many years we have the answer what happened to you that day, what a blessing and Godsend to have our questions answered. Allan Hunger will never know how deeply we appreciate his going back to that fateful day and telling us the story.
All of your brothers and sisters are doing well, but I'm sure you know that, and since we all have children of our own we realize the devastation Dad and Mom felt when they lost you.
As a surprise for Christmas this year, I'm having a DVD made that includes the tapes you sent, your pictures, the letter we received informing us of what happened to you that day, as well as any momentos I have of you.. So you see Gordy, you have never been forgotten but are thought of more than you could ever know.. Love, Linda
From his sister,
In Loving Memory of Gordon W. Stoflet.
From his brother,
I still think about you every single day after all of these years, especially at this time of year with Christmas only a few days away. I wish you could have been here to see your nieces and nephews grow up. We talk about you often and they all know how much we loved and miss you.
I know you are with Dad and Denny and I'm sure you're keeping each other company. We will see you again some day.
Love, Your Sister,
12 Jan 2007
Dear Gordy, I still miss you so much after all these years and think about you every single day. I just wish you could have been here to see your neices and nephews grow up. They have all turned out to be very wonderful adults and we still talk about you often so they in a way feel like they knew you. Denny and Dad are there with you now and I'm sure you keep each other company. I love you and miss you every day.
From his sister,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Aug 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009