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Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Staff Sergeant 2
15 Jan 1947 2
01 Mar 1978 2

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Full Name:
Humberto Acosta-Rosario 2
15 Jan 1947 2
Male 2
01 Mar 1978 2
Cause: Unknown, Not Reported 2
Age at Death: 31 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 22 Aug 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Hometown: Mayaguez, PR 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Staff Sergeant 2
1st Bn 2
B Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
E6 2
Major Command:
25th Inf Div 2
5th Infantry 2
Army 2
Tour Start Date:
25 Aug 1968 2
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 30 2
Panel: 47W 2

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 Janet Mosley
I hope they went back, before if could, or after the war, to look, for him. I know, that during, a battle, fast withdrawl it is hard, to go back to get, the men. I lost, my cousin in Jul 1967, (Navy) on the Delta. He did come, home. So much, thick brush & they fought, dirty. God has, had him & he is, looking, after his family - BLESS HIM.
Jan 15, 2011

  Ed Cardon
Fellow, 25th, Infantry Division, Vet.
Fellow, 25th, Infantry Division, Veteran
I did, not know SSGT-E-6, Humberto Acosta-Rosario, but I served, with the 25th, Infantry Division, from 1969-70. I salute, your Service and Sacrifice. May you find the peace, of the Lord and your family and friends, as well.
Jan 15, 2011   Manuel Pino  B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn. com
Fellow Army Vietnam Brother
B/1/5th Inf Rgt, 25th Inf Div

'When I am dead, cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much. It is not good for you to dwell too long. Think of me now and again as I was in life, at some moment which is pleasant to recall, but not for long. Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.'
Dec 16, 2008   Picture courtesy, of Frank (Paco) Arce.
(Friend and a Vietnam, Vet.
You, are not Forgotten.

Humberto is, on the right.
Dec 13, 2007
Fellow Bobcat
Humberto, You, are not forgotten. You, are missed and loved. My prayers, to you and your family. Below, is the account, for that day, that Humbero, went missing. PFC., Humberto Acosta-Rosario (January 15, 1947-August 22, 1968) born, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, was a member, of Company B, 1st, Battalion, 5th, Infantry, (Mechanized) 25th, Infantry Division, United States Army, who currently, is the only Puerto Rican, MIA., whose body has, never been recovered. Born and raised, in the city of Mayagüez, which is located, in the western, coast, of Puerto Rico. Acosta-Rosario joined, the Army, after completing his first semester, in the Inter., American University, in San German, Puerto Rico. In 1968, Acosta-Rosario was ordered, to South Vietnam and assigned, to Company B, 1st, Battalion, 5th, Infantry, (Mechanized) 25th, Infantry Division. In his unit he served, as a machine gunner. [5] On August 22, 1968, Acosta-Rosario, accompanied some members, of his unit, during a reconnaissance, mission. His unit, was attacked, by North, Vietnamese Army, (NVA.) regulars. In the vicinity, of Ben Cui, Rubber Plantation, east, of Tay Ninh, City, Tay Ninh, Province. His unit, Company B, was forced, to withdraw from the battlefield, under heavy, enemy attack. The unit, regrouped and discovered, that PFC., Acosta-Rosario and another, machine gunner, PFC., Philip T. DeLorenzo, Jr., were missing. Acosta-Rosario's, platoon sergeant stated, that he believed, PFC., Acosta-Rosario, had been hit, by enemy fire, prior, to the unit's, withdrawal
Jun 25, 2007   Eric R
He made, a sacrifice to give me, my freedom. May he, rest in peace.
Mar 1, 2007   manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Mar 1, 2007   Jim Helmick
fellow vet.
Seattle, Wa., 98146, USA
For you, your family & friends. we didn't, forget about you. Rev: 21, 4&5
Wednesday, March 01, 2000   Antonio Mao Ramos-Ramrez
Bud, of his brother, Tito, fellow vet.
234E., 81, St., Apt., A, NY., NY., 10028, USA
Que Dios, te Bendiga Hermano
Humberto: I never met you, but I'am, from nearby Cabo Rojo, Mayaguez district. Also, a good friend, of your brother, Tito. Tito's soul still aches, because he, was never able, to say good-bye, to you, the night you left, for the Nam. You went missing, in combat and they declared, you dead, since 1978. Not, to us, because your brother, Tito, has never lost, hope and all, of us, Vets. and friends, keep, the torch burning, waiting, to hear, from you. You are, the only puertorican, still missing, from the Nam. We will keep, the vigil going, until we find you, or we die. Que Dios, Te Bendiga Hermano. Amen. Antonio Mao Ramos. US., Marines, Nam vet..
Saturday, April 30, 2005   Butch Petit
Tuesday, August 02, 2005   Juan Luis Cruz-Navarro
15, Coslin Road, Enfield, CT., 06082-2236, USA
I'am Proud, for what you have done!
Dear Humberto, I just want to thank you, for putting your life and your selfless service, to save our country, from any further destruction. I'am very proud, to carry a POW-MIA bracelet, honoring and always remembering, what you did for us. God bless you and I hope, you are, resting in peace. SSG., Juan L. Cruz, United States, Army Reserve, Connecticut, USA.
Friday, October 27, 2000   Edward A. Nunez
Edif., E-6, APT., 32, Manuel A Perez, Rio Piedras, PR., 00924
Soy un puertorriqueno, que esta, en la unidad, de Paracaidistas, infanteros, 82, arbn., Div., quiero darte las gracias, por lo que histes, por tu patria, que el senor te bendiga, y que estes, a su lado, te admiro mucho, son muy pocos, los que tienen el corazon, que tu tuvistes, que el senor te bendiga, y que descanses, en paz.
Sunday, April 22, 2001   Kimberly Kimmel-Ober
Encinitas, California, United States, of America
For SSGT/E-6, Humberto Acosta-Rosario and all those, who knew him and loved him, I just want to say, thank you, for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know, that you have, not been forgotten and always, will hold a special place, in my heart! It would have been nice, to have known, you, as a person and I greatly, appreciate your service! I just wish, you, did not, have to pay, so high, a price! You forever will, be a hero, in my eyes!
Tuesday, January 15, 2002   Denis McDonough
Fellow Bobcat

Humberto, I just, wanted you, to know, you, are not forgotten. You, are loved and missed. My prayers, to you and your family, for all, the pain and suffering.
Sunday, August 08, 2004   Frank ( PACO ) Arce
Bother's Friend
4016, East, Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY., 10465, USA
Tu Eres, El Honor, De Nuestra Patria, Puerto Rico
I met, Your brother Tito, in 1985. He told me, Your story and gave me, Your POW/MIA., bracelet, to wear. Your MIA., date 8/22/68, was the same, day, I arrived, in Country. It is also My Daughter, Tanya's Birthday and My Grandson's, AC's Birthday. We are Bonded, for life. I always, visit You, at The Wall and always will. Tu eres, el Honor, de Nuestra Patria, Puerto Rico. Que Dios, Te Bendiga. I will continue to wear, Your bracelet as I have, since 1985, until You, come Home, or until We, meet, in Heaven.
Thursday, July 10, 2003   Manuel Pino Jr Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
Fellow Army Vietnam Vet
REFLECTIONS FROM THE MOVING WALL". I am a monument to a black period in this countries history.I am the Vietnam wall.,composed to two angled granite walls,inscribed with the names of fifty eight thousand,one hundred thirty four American men and women who died in hell (that was Vietnam) Many people come to see me. strangely they come mostly in silence-old people,young people,children,mothers,fathers,widows,and veterans.all for reasons of their own.they bring gifts,pictures,letters,flowers,poems and cigarettes.the letters speak of grief and loneliness and regret.they ask forgiveness.they are an out pouring of pain.the people softly touch names on my face.they water my grass with tears.then they leave in silence and I hope in peace.for I am more than two stone walls.I am a thank you from a nation that forgot.I am a long past due apology.I am healing for wounds too long left untended.I am a tribute paid to fallen warriors.I AM THE VIETNAM WALL. "America has forgotten the wars.will she remember her warriors"? You may be gone , BUT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
Sunday, November 20, 2005   robert hughes
brother vet.
1001, e., catalina, ave., santa ana, ca., 92706, USA
semper fi!
Humberto, We never met, May you, have rest always, semper fi! Bob Hughes,USMC., 1953-1979, Chu Lai, 1966.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006   I wear your MIA bracelet, in honor of your sacrifice I received your bracelet through a website (I cannot remember which one) and have not removed it since, even in jeopardy of my job. I was only 8 when you were over there and lost; I now have 3 sons. One of my sons has served in the Army as you, in the War on Terror (Iraq, 2007-2009). I prayed every day that he came home; and I was lucky enough that he did. I pray for your family, that they may have the closure of knowledge - that they deserve to have. I have been doing research on you; and found that there are others who also wear your bracelet. I was asked recently what I was wearing and I told the person that it was a MIA bracelet and that over 1000 of our boys are still missing over there. The person was speechless. I hold you in my prayers and hope someday you come home Posted by: PFC Jody Hart, USA 1979-1982
Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Sunday, April 18, 2010   The Wall Visited You At The Wall on Vet Day as I have since 1987 . We have always been bonded By 8-22-68 The Day You Were Lost & The Same Day I Arrived In The Nam . Met You Sister Carmen in Puerto Rico , Last Year & She Still Honors Your Memory , Sends You All Her Love & Prayers & I Always Will . Tu Hermano Que Nunca Te Olvida !!! Posted by: Sgt . Frank ( PACO ) Arce
Relationship: Friend of His Family
Tuesday, November 25, 2008   You have made a dramatic impact on my life! I've studied the history of the Vietnam war for years and I've come to truly respect our men and women who fought in this conflict. For no why, or reason, but for country and comrad! God be with you! You will always be in our memories and never forgotten!! You will be home one day soon!! Posted by: Vinson S. McCants
Relationship: We are countrymen, we are one!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007   Who Shall We Send "And God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

Isaiah 6:8

Et Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Requiescant In Pace Posted by: Dave Avery

Tuesday, August 22, 2006   MIA Bracelet I have just recieved Humberto's bracelet from my colorguard instructor. We are doing a show in remembrance of the soldiers. We have recieved the bracelets to add to the show. I would really appreciate any information about Humberto. If you have any please email me at Posted by: courtney h
Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Tuesday, January 31, 2006   wore bracelet I have had Humberto Acosta-Rosario's MIA bracelet since I was 12. I am now 45. As a youth I had no idea who he was or what he did for my country. I am so sorry he was lost, and has not been found, the pain of not knowing after all these years must be so difficult for family members. Thank you for serving and sacrificing for the U.S.A. Humberto Acosta-Rosario You will never be forgotten. G.Draime Posted by: Gwyn Draime
Relationship: wore bracelet
Sunday, June 19, 2005   We Remember Humberto has a militray stone in his honor at Puerto Rico Nat Cem Posted by: Robert Sage

Wednesday, March 23, 2005   We will never forget My Father spent 3 tours in Viet Nam and retired from the Army in 1981. At that time my husband was in the US Army (retired in 1995) We each received bracelets in 1991. I have kept Humberto and his bracelet with me and in my prayers ever since
Email: sheila
Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Monday, November 15, 2004   Hope is eternal, Humberto... I've had your bracelet for more than 30 years. I honor it and I honor you. You are only 8 years older than I, but we are worlds apart. You were with me through high school graduation, my undergraduate degree, my Master's Degree, motherhood and so much more. I've been talking about you with my students. You are with me now and always Posted by: Susan D. Taylor

Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Thursday, May 15, 2003   Not Forgotten I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

Candace Lokey
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229

If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at : Posted by: Candace Lokey
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Sunday, February 9, 2003   mia bracelet visited the Vietnam War Memorial last March to leave flowers for my cousin who was killed in Vietnam in 1969. I stopped at a booth & purchased a mia bracelet which has Humberto Acosta-Rosario's name on it. I've been wearing it since. This bracelet is very significant to me since my family are from Mayaguez,PR and my brother served in Vietnam at the same time. Posted by: ebby troche

Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Friday, March 15, 2002   My brother, Humberto (The actual date of his tour of duty began in February 1968. He was declared as Missing in Action on August 22nd, 1968.)

On 22 August 1968, Private First Class Humberto Acosta-Rosario and other members of his unit engaged hostile forces in the vicinity of the Ben Cui Rubber Plantation Area, Grid Coordinates XT462468, Approximately 25 kilometers east of Tay Ninh City and two kilometers west of Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province. During the engagement, his unit was forced to withdraw. After withdrawal was completed, Private Acosta-Rosario and another soldier were reported missing. Subsequently, the battle area was retaken and the body of the other soldier was recovered, but Private Acosta-Rosario could not be located. Subsequent information indicates Private Acosta-Rosario was captured during the battle. A captured document dated 25 August 1968, signed by the assistant political officer for the command committee, Doan (possibly Doan 70B also known as the 7th Pavn Division) and addressed to V15 (possibly the 165th Regiment, 7th Pavn Division), reported that the K7, V19 (possibly the 7th Battalion, 32d Regiment) had captured two U.S. prisoners on 23 August 1968.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the family of PFC/Phillip T. De'Lorenzo Jr. of Randolph Massachusetts, please contact me at this address: Alberto Acosta-Rosario
208 W. 105th St., #4
New York, NY 10025
Tel. (212) 662-2809 Posted by: Acosta-Rosario, Alberto
Relationship: He is my brother
Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Friday, September 7, 2001   Mia braclet I still wear your braclet. You will always be in my prayers. A.
Graham Sunday, May 13, 2001   Remembering Humberto I have been wearing Humberto's MIA/POW bracelet for over 10 years. My brother gave it to me.My brother was wearing it and I remembered wearing a copper MIA/POW bracelet in grade school. I have done a lot of research about Humberto and was wondering about his family and friends. He was so young. I admire his courage and dedication. If you knew him or have any information about him, I would appreciate hearing from you Posted by: Amy Miller
Sunday, April 15, 2001


Still wear the bracelet I have had a bracelet with your name for 35 years, and I still think of you often! I don't know you, but I am grateful for your sacrifice. Posted by: Robin
Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet
Monday, August 1, 2011

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