A soldier's story: 40 years later, family learns just how much ...

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News clippings, a Purple Heart, old photographs and so many letters they all helped tell the story of Lance Cpl.
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John

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Aug 23, 2008
 
This was a great story that reminds us that we should never forget the sacrifices of our fallen veterans and their families. It is also important to consider from time to time what kind of a contribution might have been made if high quality people like George Kyricos had been blessed with a full life. God bless him and his family!
Former Lowellian

Turners Falls, MA

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Aug 23, 2008
 
Hard as it was to read I thank you for sharing this rememberance of a great young hero...George Kyricos. It was truly humbling.
Michelle

Peabody, MA

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Aug 23, 2008
 
A very touching story. Your uncle would be proud! What a great way to connect with a loved one who's passed and still carry on with his legacy. And God Bless!
GUNNY HIGHWAY

Alexandria, VA

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Aug 23, 2008
 
Uh RAH Semeper Fi! thank you for your uncle's service
lowell

Dracut, MA

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Aug 23, 2008
 
What a wonderful man and truly a tremendous loss. Thank you for sharing his legacy with us, as painful as it may have been for you. He's not my uncle but I'm just as proud too...
Cpl David L Angove Sr

Haverhill, MA

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Aug 24, 2008
 
George as your persanal friend that must have been a hard thing to do and i thank you and your uncle for your time sereved. your family can now rest knowing he was a great man well liked and a hero. yes he would have been proud. i am greatful to be a friend of yous. your friend the D.A.

Since: Aug 08

Dracut

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Aug 24, 2008
 
George as your personal friend that must have been a hard thing to do and i thank you and your uncle for your dedacation and time sereved to this country. Your family can now rest knowing he was a great man well known,liked and a Hero. Yes he would have been proud of you. I am greatful to be a friend of yous. George you are also an inspration to your family. Keep up the good work. Your veteran friend the D.A.
Ron and Ella

Mount Pleasant, MI

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Aug 24, 2008
 
As a veteran of the US Navy and proud American, I have been trying to teach my children about the importance of the brave men and women who have, and continue to serve, especially those who gave all. This past weekend the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall came to the small community of Sparta, MI, just north of Grand Rapids. My 5-year old daughter and I have been reading about The Wall in a children's book, so this was a great opportunity to go and see the replica. She asked if she could "scratch" a name like some of the others were doing. I said she could, then we would go home and see if we could learn more about that soldier by searching the internet. Of the 1000's of names, she scratched out GEORGE A. KYRICOS. Now tonight, I found this article, only hours from the exact day, forty years ago when he made the ultimate sacrafice. I believe it was meant to be that she found George's name this afternoon and that this article was published yesterday. Thank you for sharing this story, and thank you George - you are an American Hero! God Bless you and your family!
lowell

Dracut, MA

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Aug 25, 2008
 
Ron and Ella wrote:
As a veteran of the US Navy and proud American, I have been trying to teach my children about the importance of the brave men and women who have, and continue to serve, especially those who gave all. This past weekend the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall came to the small community of Sparta, MI, just north of Grand Rapids. My 5-year old daughter and I have been reading about The Wall in a children's book, so this was a great opportunity to go and see the replica. She asked if she could "scratch" a name like some of the others were doing. I said she could, then we would go home and see if we could learn more about that soldier by searching the internet. Of the 1000's of names, she scratched out GEORGE A. KYRICOS. Now tonight, I found this article, only hours from the exact day, forty years ago when he made the ultimate sacrafice. I believe it was meant to be that she found George's name this afternoon and that this article was published yesterday. Thank you for sharing this story, and thank you George - you are an American Hero! God Bless you and your family!
I read your comment and found it to be quite amazing. May I ask what you were referring to when you said your daughter "scratched" the soldier's name. Also, I don't believe in coincidences.....I really belive for some reason you were supposed to reveal this soldiers name. It was nice that you were so touched by this as was I.
lowell

Dracut, MA

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Aug 25, 2008
 
Believe......spelling error in last post!
Ron and Ella

United States

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Aug 25, 2008
 
lowell wrote:
<quoted text>I read your comment and found it to be quite amazing. May I ask what you were referring to when you said your daughter "scratched" the soldier's name. Also, I don't believe in coincidences.....I really belive for some reason you were supposed to reveal this soldiers name. It was nice that you were so touched by this as was I.
Lowell, sorry, maybe "scratched" was not the right word. "Rubbed" would probably be better - as with a piece of paper and a black crayon. Having had a bit longer to think about it, this is what I believe - Being only 5 years old and not fully understanding, Ella asked me if any of my friend's names were on The Wall (I lost 47 shipmates when turret #2 exploded on the USS IOWA, April 19, 1989). I of course said no and tried to explain it in her terms. She then asked if I knew anybody's name on The Wall, which up until yesterday was no. And now because of this chance encounter, I, we, know one of the soldiers - Lance Cpl. George A. Kyricos.
lowell

Dracut, MA

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Aug 25, 2008
 
Ron and Ella wrote:
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Lowell, sorry, maybe "scratched" was not the right word. "Rubbed" would probably be better - as with a piece of paper and a black crayon. Having had a bit longer to think about it, this is what I believe - Being only 5 years old and not fully understanding, Ella asked me if any of my friend's names were on The Wall (I lost 47 shipmates when turret #2 exploded on the USS IOWA, April 19, 1989). I of course said no and tried to explain it in her terms. She then asked if I knew anybody's name on The Wall, which up until yesterday was no. And now because of this chance encounter, I, we, know one of the soldiers - Lance Cpl. George A. Kyricos.
I'm so sorry for the loss of 47 shipmates on the USS Iowa. How does one ever get over such a tragedy. I have the upmost respect for all of our soldiers...air, water land. My father served in WWII, my brother in the navy in the late 60's and my godson is currently a captain in the USAF.
Bob

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Aug 26, 2008
 
I shared an apartment with George In Gardner for a year while we attended Mt. Wachusett C.C..
He was one of the nicest guys I've ever met and he is still in my thoughts.The article was a great tribute by his nephew. R.I.P. George
george sawyer

Dracut, MA

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Sep 2, 2008
 
thankyou everyone for the awsome comments ron and ella i dont know what to say you make me proud to be an american no joke.all you people who wrote comments i cant begin to explain how that fufilled my hopes for my uncle to be remembered. i did not realize you could post messages on the sun web site or i would have posted thi sooner sorry. bob it would be great to hear some stories of my uncle during his college days or if anyone has a question feel free to email me at 5858jack@comcast.net you to ron and ella ps dave your the best brother
george sawyer

Dracut, MA

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Sep 2, 2008
 
thanks so much your great people and THAKYOU for YOUR service
Ron and Ella wrote:
As a veteran of the US Navy and proud American, I have been trying to teach my children about the importance of the brave men and women who have, and continue to serve, especially those who gave all. This past weekend the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall came to the small community of Sparta, MI, just north of Grand Rapids. My 5-year old daughter and I have been reading about The Wall in a children's book, so this was a great opportunity to go and see the replica. She asked if she could "scratch" a name like some of the others were doing. I said she could, then we would go home and see if we could learn more about that soldier by searching the internet. Of the 1000's of names, she scratched out GEORGE A. KYRICOS. Now tonight, I found this article, only hours from the exact day, forty years ago when he made the ultimate sacrafice. I believe it was meant to be that she found George's name this afternoon and that this article was published yesterday. Thank you for sharing this story, and thank you George - you are an American Hero! God Bless you and your family!
george sawyer

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Sep 2, 2008
 
ron and ella thanks so much. my uncle is very lucky your daughter picked his name .my mother will be thrilled to hear this .you have helped me in my mission to give my uncle his due ,and that is to be remembered.please tell your daughter thanks and thankyou for service
JIM COLTON

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Sep 3, 2008
 
HI! MY NAME IS JIM. iT HAS BEEN 40 YEARS, AND I STILL CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT GEORGE, AND BOB SPIRES. I WAS ALSO A MARINE; WAS OVER IN VIETNAM FROM 1967=1968.
TO ALL OF THE GUYS WHO WENT THERE, AND CAME BACK, I HOPE YOU ARE FINE. TO GUYS LIKE GEORGE AND BOB,AND THE REST OF THE GUYS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT, GOD BLESS THEM.
JIM COLTON
george sawyer

Dracut, MA

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Sep 3, 2008
 
thanks jim for keeping my uncle in your thoughts. Bob spires is buried right beside him.jim i hope you are fine also im proud you left that comment thankyou
Ron and Ella

Grand Rapids, MI

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Sep 7, 2008
 
george sawyer wrote:
ron and ella thanks so much. my uncle is very lucky your daughter picked his name .my mother will be thrilled to hear this .you have helped me in my mission to give my uncle his due ,and that is to be remembered.please tell your daughter thanks and thankyou for service
Thank you for your kind words George!
maria kyricos vitas

Newbury, NH

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Sep 28, 2008
 
George, congratulations to you for such in depth research on the uncle you never met. I am so proud of you and proud of my cousin George. He was a soldier in his every day life-not just on the battle field. He had such warmth, kindness, sincerety and integrity. He was always so willing to give a helping hand. I am so tearfully pleased that this soldiers efforts and his loss of life, will now be more deeply recognized by all who will read and learn about him........and to you my nephew,you truly have accomplished a mission. As a amtter of fact, the times I have seen you, you always reminded me very much of your uncle george.....Love, (aunt)maria

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