Born: Evergreen Park, Illinois, 1950 Served in Vietnam, U.S. Army Attached to 164th CAG, 1st Aviation Brigade Army medic, 1970-71
Poem from the artist:
I wish I knew your name and especially you, You don't know me but I feel That what happened to you would have been different, If I would have been off on my computing You would still be alive.
My computing was investigated, They found out that my computing was exactly correct, I wish I would have been off because You would still be alive.
The Army says I was innocent And that it was the wrong information. That didn't matter to me Because I still feel If I would have been off on my computing You would still be alive.
I can't tell you how many times I have asked God to switch places with you. I will have a Brutal Guilt feeling The rest of my life. Don't ask me how many tears I've had because I can't count that high.
I've been to the moving Wall, And I look for you, But I can never find you Because I don't know your name, I'll keep looking. I'll never stop looking but I know you are there on the Wall of Honor.
I wish the Army Would have given me your name So I could say I'm sorry To you and your family. I have always wanted to meet your family So I could say I'm sorry to them. I would have kept in touch with them In hopes of a healing That I so desperately need As does your family.
Well my friend I'm signing off now But my prayers are still going. I hope you will be waiting for me When my time comes, Then we'll have a good long talk And in my heart I hope You will call me Friend and Brother. I know you are a great guy- See you in the future.