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This page was created by Justin Evans to make a tribute to the brave souls who fought during Vietnam.

Every soldier who fought, died, or was wounded during the war are the bravest of Americans. 


U.S. Marine Sniper Sergeant Carlos Hathcock (Long Tr'ang)

He was a sniper feared among the Viet Cong and NVA. He had 93 confirmed kills and at least 200 others that were not "confirmed" but were dead anyhow. He was an expert marksman, winning numerous championships, including the highly coveted Wimbledon Cup, he went to Vietnam and walked off Hill 55 and into the nightmares of the Viet Cong. He was called Long Tr'ang, White Feather, by the NVA and the Viet Cong, because of the  feather he had in his hat. North Vietnam offered a bounty off three years' pay to the soldier who plucked that feather from his hat and his head from his shoulders. They never got a chance to do it. He once shot a sniper who was hunting him clean through the lens and through the back of his head. He is a real legend and a deadly one at that.

U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Mike Branton

I am proud to say this is my uncle. He was in  Vietnam from 68-70. He was an expert with the M-16 assault rifle and with the pistol. He climbed the bloody grounds of "Hamburger Hill", and lost a lot of friends. I don't know how many burgers he killed because he doesn't like to talk about it. He did tell me what it looked like when he shot a man in the face, and how horrible it felt at first but after so many times it doesn't matter anymore. He was a hero for rescuing two of his buddies from capture of the Vietnamese. He is my hero and a true American.

U.S. Army Major William E. Adams A/227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade.

He was a helicopter pilot in Kontum Province in the Republic of Vietnam. On May 25, 1971 he volunteered to fly a lightly armed helicopter to evacuate three wounded soldiers from a fire base which was under attack by heavy enemy fire. Despite the large number of anti-aircraft weapons he flew in anyway. With the heavy machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms firing at him in the brightness and the clear of day, he was determined to accomplish the mission. He showed his courage under fire as he calmly directed attacks of supporting gunship while maintaining absolute control of his aircraft, and landed while under fire. He waited patiently until the wounded were loaded. As he lifted the craft off the ground it was struck and seriously damaged by enemy anti-air fire and began to descend. Flying with his expert skill, he regained control and attempted to land. Despite his effort, the helicopter exploded, overturned, and smashed into the earth, amidst the hail of enemy fire. His conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity, and humanitarian regard for his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflected utmost credit on him and the U S. Army. He was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor.

Sent in by Thad Greely Statesboro, GA

U.S. Army Private First Class Lewis Albanese Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

He was in the Republic of Vietnam on December 1st 1966. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to establish a blocking position, received intense automatic weapons fire from close range. As other members maneuvered to assault the enemy position, Pfc. Albanese was ordered to provide security for the left flank of the platoon. Suddenly, the left flank received fire from enemy located in a well-concealed ditch. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades from this fire, Pfc. Albanese fixed his bayonet and moved aggressively into the ditch. His action silenced the sniper fire, enabling the platoon to resume movement toward the main enemy position. As the platoon continued to advance, the sound of heavy firing emanated from the left flank from a pitched battle that ensued in the ditch which Pfc. Albanese had entered. The ditch was actually a well-organized complex of enemy defenses designed to bring devastating flanking fire on the forces attacking the main position. Pfc. Albanese, disregarding the danger to himself, advanced 100 meters along the trench and killed 6 of the snipers, who were armed with automatic weapons. Having exhausted his ammunition, Pfc. Albanese was mortally wounded when he engaged and killed 2 more enemy soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat. His unparalleled actions saved the lives of many members of his platoon who otherwise would have fallen to the sniper fire from the ditch, and enabled his platoon to successfully advance against an enemy force of overwhelming numerical superiority. Pfc. Albanese's extraordinary heroism and supreme dedication to his comrades were commensurate with the finest traditions of the military service and remain a tribute to himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor.

Sent in by John Wilson Cartersville, GA

If you have a request for a soldier who fought during Vietnam please E-Mail me at and include their name, faction, rank, where they fought, and a short or long story about their time in the war. Thanks, Justin Evans.