Veteran Donates in Honor of His Friends

Philadelphia Marine veteran Gunnery Sergeant Frank “Gunny” Thompson was recognized for a significant donation in honor fellow service members inscribed on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Daniel Bruce

One of the service members Thompson donated in honor of was PFC Daniel D. Bruce, a fellow Marine.  PFC Bruce was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he was killed on March 1, 1969 when he caught enemy explosive charge and shielded his fellow Marines from the resulting explosion saving all three of their lives.  Thompson escorted Bruce’s remains back to Michigan City, Indiana after his gallant action.

The donations were made as part of the Faces Never Forgotten program with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The program is an effort to put a face and a story to each name on The Wall through the generosity of those willing to help locate the photos and make financial contributions to build the Education Center. The outcome of the program will ensure that this vital piece of history will be remembered and honored by visitors from around the globe for generations to come.

“Ever since Vietnam, we’ve always talked about our other conflicts like Vietnam,” said Thompson.  “When Afghanistan started or Iraq began, we said, ‘Let’s not get into another Vietnam.’  If we forget the stories, and forget the sacrifices, how can we compare them?”

Thompson remains dedicated towards continuing to fundraise for the Faces Never Forgotten program. “We can’t leave the memories of these guys behind.  It’s too important to me for people to understand what we did,” said Thompson.

The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the National Mall, near the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,282 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served.

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