Author's Name: John Schoon
Title: "I Come To The Wall"Sgt. Kenneth C. Frazer, from Chester, Illinois was killed in action in Vietnam in September of 1968. He was a 1967 graduate of McKendree College (now Mckendree University) in Lebanon, Illinois. I first became familiar with his story because my father was his instructor at McKendree. My father spoke about what an outstanding individual he was. He was a member of the 173rd Airborne and served as a combat medic. He was against the war and didn't believe in carrying a sidearm so he chose to become a medic. His desire was to help people, not kill them. He was killed in action in Dak To area of operations coming to the aide of a wounded soldier. Because I was only 8 years old at the time of his death, my parents said that I was not allowed to attend his funeral. I sat on the steps outside the Bothwell Chapel where his service was held and listened from the outside. For the past several years, I have traveled to The Wall in Washington, DC. I searched for and found Sgt. Frazer's name engraved on The Wall. I touched the spot where his name was engraved. After 50 years, I finally felt like I was able to pay my respects to this man who I had known only through the stories of my father. I touched The Wall because his story touched me.
I Come To The Wall
by Desert Storm Veteran, John R. Schoon
I come to THE WALL because others can't!
I come the THE WALL to remember those who have fallen.
Each of these men and women went without hesitation, to do one's duty, as others before them.
I come to THE WALL because of the sacrifices they made for their brothers.
I come to THE WALL because I never want these warriors to be forgotten!
I come to THE WALL because of these words, " Duty, Honor, Country."
I come to THE WALL to touch SGT Kenneth C. Frazer's name (44W-Line 9)
I COME TO THE WALL BECAUSE.......