Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Private First Class 1
12 Dec 1946 1
15 May 1967 1

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Full Name:
Frank Tafoya 1
12 Dec 1946 1
Male 1
15 May 1967 1
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died of Wounds 1
Hometown: Jemez Pueblo, NM 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Private First Class 1
1st Sqdr 1
C Trp 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
E3 1
Major Command:
4th Inf Div 1
10th Cavalry 1
Army 1
Supply Clerk (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
12 Dec 1966 1
Years Served:
0 1
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
American Indian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 4 1
Panel: 20E 1

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  "Classmate & Fellow Viet Nam Brother" Posted for: FRANK TAFOYA: We honor you today in our village. We have a Veterans Gourd
Dance @ Red Rock. We honor you, Tommy Toledo, George Fragua,
and Tony Tosa. We love you brother. You made the supreme
sacrifice, we'll never forget you. I'll always remember you, and continue to gourd dance for you. Your friend and classmate.
Alfred Bernard Benalli, 91B20, Quang Tri Posted by: Al Benalli
Relationship: We were high school classmates
Monday, May 27, 2002   Honored on June 29, 2002 Posted for: FRANK TAFOYA: Frank, you were honored @ Bernard Benalli's wedding, your classmate and fellow Viet Nam Veteran. He wed Debra Langford, and in your honor with George Fragua, Tommy Toledo, and Tony Tosa, a Memorial Song was sung in your honor by the drum group Southern Mix. Then the gourd dancers danced in your honor. Your family was there to honor you in love and sacrifice. Brother you are not forgotten. You will also be honored @ the Jemez Springs, NM 4th of July parade. The community of Walatowa honors you. Your are not forgotten. Bernard & Debra
Benalli. Your family is well. Be well with your parents my brother. Posted by: Alfred Benalli
Tuesday, July 2, 2002   We Remember Posted for: FRANK TAFOYA: Frank is buried at Jemez Pueblo, NM. PH Posted by: Robert Sage
Monday, June 28, 2010

26 Nov 2005

To the family of Frankie Tafoya,

My name is Harold Dooley and I served as his track commander in Viet Nam.

Years have passed but my memories of Frankie have never stopped. I think of Frankie each and every day of my life and am so happy I have finally found a way to indicate in some small way some kind words about Frankie.

I shall never forget the day when Frankie was assigned to my track in Viet Nam. As Frankie and I were talking about why he joined the army, he advised me that he joined to see the world. It grieves me very much each time I think about Frankie to know that his dream was never realized. Frankie was a quiet person, but I very quickly realized that Frankie was someone I wanted to be by my side in Viet Nam. I will always consider Frankie my hero. The real heroes of war are the young men and women who did not come back home to see their family and friends. I would love to some day meet all of Frankie's family members and personally tell each one how fortunate they are to have had Frankie as a son, brother, a relative, or just as a friend.

If you ever should read this message, please call me or write to me and let me know you read this. It would be so rewarding for me to hear from some family member or friend of Frankie's.

Again let me say that Frankie shall always be my hero and someone I have never forgotten though many years have passed since we served our country in Viet Nam.

A small way of saying how I feel:

Frankie, I see your face in my minds eye and think of you each day.

Your solemn ways and respect to me were shown to me in many ways.

I've always had heroic thoughts of you in my heart to help relieve the pain I feel.

I'll think of you as time goes by or when life's sunsets stand still.

It will then be time to start the clock of time that shall bring us together again.

We will then sit down and talk about all the things that we both wanted to do.

I'll joke with you and you with me until we feel that we both are through.

So sail on time and rest our souls that we both cherished so dear.

Until I some day meet you face to face again in the land that seems so bright and clear.

We will reminisce together the time we shared as friends and as soldiers.

And at that time I will say to you "Hello, dear friend, I finally can see my long last hero".

Thank you, my friend, for dying for me and your country.


Truly you are our hero, Frankie.

Your past track commander, and your eternal friend,
Sgt Harold Doolley
1110 Roundtree Drive, Bedford, Virginia 24523

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