Letty told me that the Vietnam wall was nearby at a memorial park in the hills. As we drove, she told me about a young man that went to the exact high school I went to and graduated about 7 years before me. "He was a great student, and he attended to my church. I'd like to find his name on the wall."
We walked along the wall, looking at the names. The names drew us in, and we felt their stories. After a while almost every name seemed familiar. Common first names and last names, just like the names of our friends and next door neighbors.
We felt a mixture of sadness and pride. These were ordinary men and women who stepped up to do something extra-ordinary. And they are heroes.
A grey haired man dressed in jeans with a green camouflage shirt stepped up to Letty. Can I help you find someone?
"Yes," she said. "His name is Roger Boomsma."
After a few minutes of looking at some papers, he came back and lead us to the name.
He took a little piece of paper and covered the name. Then he took a pencil and made a copy of the name for her. She tucked it into her purse and thanked him.
This truck was parked near the wall.
You can see some pictures of Roger and look up pictures and information on other men and women who fought in the Vietnam war by clicking here: Roger Boomsma