Frank Tafoya

Private First Class
Army of the United States
12 December 1946 - 15 May 1967
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frank Tafoya

15 Nov 2004

You will always be remembered, Frank!

You are with the Great Almighty now.

Alondo Chinana
SFC, U S Army (Ret)

01 Aug 2005

We miss you, your family continues to do well. The Veterans at home continue to honor you at Veteran Ceremonies, as well as being honored by the War Shield Gourd Society.

Your high school chum and Viet Nam Veteran,
Al Benalli
Classmate, 1966
Jemez Pueblo, NM

26 Nov 2005

To the family of Frankie Tafoya,

My name is Harold Dooley and I served as his track commander in Viet Nam.

Years have passed but my memories of Frankie have never stopped. I think of Frankie each and every day of my life and am so happy I have finally found a way to indicate in some small way some kind words about Frankie.

I shall never forget the day when Frankie was assigned to my track in Viet Nam. As Frankie and I were talking about why he joined the army, he advised me that he joined to see the world. It grieves me very much each time I think about Frankie to know that his dream was never realized. Frankie was a quiet person, but I very quickly realized that Frankie was someone I wanted to be by my side in Viet Nam. I will always consider Frankie my hero. The real heroes of war are the young men and women who did not come back home to see their family and friends. I would love to some day meet all of Frankie's family members and personally tell each one how fortunate they are to have had Frankie as a son, brother, a relative, or just as a friend.

If you ever should read this message, please call me or write to me and let me know you read this. It would be so rewarding for me to hear from some family member or friend of Frankie's.

Again let me say that Frankie shall always be my hero and someone I have never forgotten though many years have passed since we served our country in Viet Nam.

A small way of saying how I feel:

Frankie, I see your face in my minds eye and think of you each day.

Your solemn ways and respect to me were shown to me in many ways.

I've always had heroic thoughts of you in my heart to help relieve the pain I feel.

I'll think of you as time goes by or when life's sunsets stand still.

It will then be time to start the clock of time that shall bring us together again.

We will then sit down and talk about all the things that we both wanted to do.

I'll joke with you and you with me until we feel that we both are through.

So sail on time and rest our souls that we both cherished so dear.

Until I some day meet you face to face again in the land that seems so bright and clear.

We will reminisce together the time we shared as friends and as soldiers.

And at that time I will say to you "Hello, dear friend, I finally can see my long last hero".

Thank you, my friend, for dying for me and your country.

Truly you are our hero, Frankie.

Your past track commander, and your eternal friend,
Sgt Harold Doolley
1110 Roundtree Drive, Bedford, Virginia 24523

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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