Tag Archive: Families

A Life Cut Short: 50 years after Navy pilot disappeared, loved ones hope for answers

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U.S. Navy Lt. Victor Patrick (Pat) Buckley was 25 years old when he went missing in action during the Vietnam War. His plane was returning to the USS Hancock aircraft carrier on Dec.… Continue reading

‘Wonderful family men’: Honoring brothers, dad who died due to exposure to Agent Orange

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Steven Wright grew up the youngest of three siblings. He constantly looked up to his two older brothers, Pat and Terry.  All three were very close – all three looked after the other.… Continue reading

‘Be Good’: Remembering a father lost, Gold Star daughters embark on a path to healing

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“If anything should happen to me, please don’t let me die to Sharon and Becky. Be Good, Steve.” U.S. Air Force Captain Stephen A. Rusch wrote these words in his last letter home… Continue reading

Honoring a brother on The Wall and a husband lost to exposure to Agent Orange

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You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I…will always miss you. Sharon Peacock Brotherton wrote this remembrance on VVMF’s Wall of Faces page in honor of her younger brother, Thomas Peacock, in… Continue reading

5 items left at The Wall by mothers of the fallen tell stories of love

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A Gold Star Mother is a woman who lost a son or daughter serving in the United States armed forces. Their loss and heartbreak have emerged in the items they have left at… Continue reading