“A Soldier Has Died”
By Charlie Tritto
Many hearts and lives have been broken
Many tears have been wiped from our eyes,
Many angels have mourned and wept sadly
For you see, a Soldier has died.
No more letters would be sent to her hero
By his young wife of nearly eight years,
For the words of a visiting Chaplain
Have confirmed her very worst fears.
The birthday card sent to her Daddy
By the six-year-old girl he adored,
Had come back unopened months later
For her father had died in the war.
She’d no longer be able to hug him
Or have him tuck her in bed at night,
For he’d died protecting her freedoms
Her brave Father who’s gone to the light.
She and Dad were to walk down the aisle
But quite sadly, it never will be,
He won’t be at the church to give her away
For he’s been buried with honors, you see.
Mom still sets him a place at their table
Though his smile has long since been gone,
And now carving the bird on Thanksgiving
Falls each year on his young teenage son.
Yes, this is the price that some have paid
Right here, in the U S of A,
The greatest nation on earth that is second to none
Where we live free, and thrive, and play.
So, let us never forget our fallen
When we drop to our knees and pray,
And give thanks to our heavenly patriots
Who for our tomorrows, gave their todays.
Fred "Ducpho" Salanti
02/1/1948 - 11/07/2023
Major, USA Vietnam
Missing In America Project
Veteran Recovery Program
MIAP BOD Emeritus
California VRO for Shasta & Tehama Counties
MIAP National Chaplain
US ARMY - Vietnam Veteran - Pennsylvania State Coordinator
US ARMY - Vietnam Combat Veteran - Nebraska State Coordinator
USMC - Vietnam Combat Veteran - N. Arizona State Coordinator
US Army - Vietnam Veteran - Florida State Coordinator
Florida Asst. State Coordinator
California Escort Rider (1953-2014)
New York State Chaplain
Virginia Escort Rider & Volunteer
Military Liaison (VA)
Tony Ginocchio 4/5/1947-4/30/2020
Sgt 1st class USA Vietnam Airborne /Ranger
WalMart Veteran Liaison (CA)
Volunteer/Escort Rider (CA)
US Army-Vietnam Veteran-Chaplain(FL)
US Army-Vietnam Veteran(SC) US Army 65'-92' Sgt. Major
Surgical Technician Fifth Grade
Purple Heart Recipient
WWII US Army 1943-1945
Vietnam and Persian Gulf USMC
Richard D. Clark
Vietnam Veteran(on behalf of League of Historical Societies of NJ)
On behalf of Mr. Leonard Holtz, Hebrew Funeral Association, West Hartford, CT
Donation made from Paul Cook and Deborah Thompson Cook in memory of veteran Harry Cook and wife Ruth.
In memory of Janet Scovill Herweg, M.D. (1919 - 1958. Dr Scovill Herweg was the spouse of John C. Herweg, M.D. He was a medical student when he enlisted and was assigned to service in a TB hospital here in the states. A donation to MIAP was sent on behalf of Dr Heweg by her daughters.
Donation received in Memory of Lindsey Sales of Arizona.
Donation received in Memory of Msgt. Cecil Wayne Corbin from his Sister In Law Mrs. Annette Geiger.
Rick and Linda Hankins
Remembering A1C Richard A. Elliott USAF
Remembering Harry Westmire WWII, USN
I wanted to take a couple minutes to say "thank you" to your organization.
Harry Westmire, a WWII Navy vet, passed away in 1986. He was my favorite Granddad.
Unfortunately, I was told a month after he passed away, which was extremely frustrating to
me. I was in my early-20s and life moved on with a frustration I never had the chance to say
Fast forward 34 years later, and I decided to see what I could find out about my Grandpa,
when I realized he had passed away in Cottonwood, AZ. I had no clue he was "here" in AZ
where me and my family moved to less than a year ago!
After Googling his name, I was completely surprised to find that he was left in an "unclaimed"
status in the Cottonwood funeral home, through no fault of the home. My mother, and her
sister, never passed any information on to us kids.
I was able to not only "find him', but I saw how MIAP had taken him from the funeral home
and...with honors and respect...moved him to the National Cemetery in Phoenix. With Military
honors. After 34 years, I was able to go visit my Grandpa, touch his headstone and honestly,
get pretty emotional in a very good way.
Although this is a simple email, I want you to know this was a "healing" situation for me. I'd
been cut off from him and now, thanks truthfully to MIAP, I have some history, which was
previously lost to me.
So, thank you Clyde, and MIAP, for giving me some peace that had alluded me.