Jerald Collman, who served in Vietnam, received the bodies of fallen soldiers as an Army Graves Registration collection point officer.
To all my Friends,
Why do we Honor Memorial Day?
Throughout our Military History we have honored our Fallen; this has been reinforced since WWI up to the present day. It is in our Military Core Values to leave no Fallen behind. All efforts are made no matter how long the time frame it takes to bring our Fallen back to the USA, or to a Foreign Country International Cemetery. To this day, we are still trying to retrieve our Missing in Action and we will continue to do so until all have been accounted. Our Military Soldiers understand at times they will go in Harm’s Way. Knowing America will do what ever it takes to assure, if they become one of the Fallen, they will have a proper Burial no matter the circumstances; it’s the least we can do for them and their families.
For me, this is a Holy Day. It is also an emotional day for me due to my own experiences in Retrieving, Handling, Processing, Transporting, Notifying Family, and the Burial for our Fallen. It is also a fulfilling day too, knowing Graves Registration/Mortuary Affairs from the point of the Beginning and Ending are always with our Fallen; they are never left alone and we are with them on their Final Journey with Dignity, Reverence, Respect.
I made a Pledge in 1970 at the Quang Tri Graves Registration Point I would never forget the Fallen sacrifices they made for the United States of America. It has and will always be an Honor for me to have served our Fallen.
I am sending this notice out early and asking each one of you on Memorial Day to take a few seconds to thank our Fallen and Honor them and their families for their sacrifices.