Clarence H Washington, JrStaff Sergeant
C CO, 2ND BN, 47TH INF RGT, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
06 August 1943 - 09 May 1968
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I was not sure what to say as I begin trying to trace a 30 year old journey into my past. Like many others, I too lost my father in Vietnam, although I know spiritually he is always with me. I see his face in my own children, although I never saw his. I do not regret his decision to return to Vietnam to fight for a second tour, it was his duty as he saw it.
But I do miss him. I miss him a lot. I miss a man I never had a chance to talk to, to hold, to sit on his lap and have him tell me a story. There is a hole in my heart, never to be filled. I wonder if he would be proud of me, of what I have become. Without ever having him physically here, I still believe that based on the life he lived and the values he stood for, I can model myself after him.
It hits me at odd times, the missing feelings. Sometimes it's tough, sometimes it's too much.
I just really miss my dad, I wish he was here, I wish he could see me, I wish I could see him. I would give anything to just talk to him once. But all I have are fading photographs and so many unanswered questions.
I love you, dad.
A Note from The Virtual WallC Company, 2/47th Infantry, lost six men on 9 May 1968:
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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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