Forty-five years after dying in Vietnam, Dave Herbert was presented with his long overdue sergeant stripes at the Vietnam Memorial – The Wall – on November 11, 2011, by his platoon members.


Answering the Call (A Soldier’s Song)

This is a song/story about the bravery of a soldier who fell in battle in Vietnam and who finally received his Sergeant stripes posthumously at the Vietnam Memorial on 11/11/11.

3 thoughts on “DAVE GETS HIS STRIPES

  1. Dave deserved his stripes and I was glad to have been a part of it. My computer crashed last year and I lost your E-Mail address if you like please send me your E-Mail Larry Thompson 2-18 Recon 65-66

  2. Dave is the Uncle I never got to meet but was always a part of our family. Step-brother to my mom she would always remind me of the Uncle that died for our Country in Vietnam.
    I bought your book for my mom and she really enjoyed it. She was thrilled to know that David has never been forgotten.
    We went and visited Grandma Velate this past summer. Unfortunately, her 100th birthday party, in November, was canceled as Grandma contracted Covid-19. She made it through it but it has weakened her tremendously.
    Again, thank you remembering David and giving me a way to learn a little more about the Uncle that I never got to meet.

  3. Bonnie, thank you so much for letting me know. Your “grandma” is an incredible lady. I had to write a letter to her after the battle to tell her that her son had been killed, and what a great soldier he was. He was promoted to sergeant two days before the battle, but the papers didn’t go through. We presented him his long overdue stripes at the wall on 11/11/11. It was there that I met Velate, along with Mary Lou and many of the family. It was a very stirring morning for me. Most of that is captured in the video. Bless you for writing.

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