Dear Editor:

As I was putting out flags to celebrate on July 4, I was struck by a memory of a young man I once knew. He died in the Vietnam War.

It pained me a little bit that I didn’t remember his whole name so I searched his name in the Vietnam casualty list per city and state. His name was Gary Richard Danser.

He came by my house in Fontana before he shipped out to say goodbye and while doing that he started crying, and my wife and I asked him why and he said, “This is the last time I will see you,” and later after a month in combat he died. He was only 20.

His memory listing said that his immediate family are all gone, but I would imagine there is some family around; hopefully they won’t find this memory note offensive.

Anyway, the point of my letter to you, is we can’t lose the memory of those that died in that tragedy. And since there only two that I found that were from Fontana, hopefully you will do some kind of human interest story of the ones that have fallen. They were true patriots, they died for their country in a way we the living will hopefully never endure.

Phil Morgan

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

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