The “Chelu, We Remember You” Project is a NOCVA initiative that grew out of the historic Chamorro Veterans Commemoration Ceremony that was held in the Nation’s capital on 24 March 2012. The ceremony honored the 70 fallen heroes from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands who died during the Vietnam War with a Recitation of Names and a Wreath-Laying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. On that day, NOCVA National Coordinators were presented with an extraordinary gift.

National Park Service Ranger Donald S. Adam had made rubbings of the names of all 70 casualties from Guam that are etched on the Wall. He then presented the original rubbings to NOCVA coordinators, to be given “to the families.”

These rubbings are traditionally made when a visitor to the Wall finds the name of a loved one and wants to remember the experience with a keepsake. Visitors are allowed to place a sheet of paper over the name and rub it with pencil; the rubbing that is created is the exact replica of the name as it appears on the Wall. For many, this is treasured item that keeps the memory of their loved one alive.

For family and friends in the islands who cannot easily travel to Washington, DC, obtaining such a memento in person is often difficult or impossible. Therefore, as part of its mission to recognize and honor the service of Chamorro veterans, NOCVA has started to search for the families of our fallen brothers — our chelus. This effort is known as the “Chelu, We Remember You” Project.

NOCVA is dedicated to locating the family of each of the 70 soldiers from Guam* whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Once a family member is identified, NOCVA will present them with the following:

  • The original rubbing of the name as it appears on the Wall
  • A complimentary DVD of the Chamorro Veterans Commemoration Ceremony held in Washington, DC, on 24 March 2012
  • A letter from NOCVA explaining the “Chelu, We Remember You” Project

To assist in this project — either by providing contact information for any of the 70 names or to participate in presenting materials once the family is located — please contact us.

*NOCVA recognizes that the list of 70 does not include Chamorros who entered military service outside of Guam; as we receive additional information, they will also be honored in this initiative.

FALLEN HEROES FROM GUAM AND CNMI*
VIETNAM WAR

AGUON, JOSE QUINATA, PSG, ARMY
ASANOMA, FRANCISCO M, SGT, ARMY
BENAVENTE, DAVID GUERRERO, SSGT, MARINE CORPS
BIAGINI, MARK FREDERICK, SGT, ARMY
BLAS, ANTHONY MARTIN M, SP5, ARMY
BLAZ, JAMES LUJAN, LCPL, MARINE CORPS
BORJA, JUAN SANTOS, SSG, ARMY
CABRERA, JOAQUIN PALACIOS, SSG, ARMY
CAMACHO, DAVID BITANGA, SSG, ARMY
CARTER, DONALD SUMINGUIT, PFC, ARMY
CASTRO, JUAN PASCUAL R, SSG, ARMY
CEPEDA, JUAN DUENAS, SGT, ARMY
CRUZ, EDWARD CRUZ, PO2, NAVY
CRUZ, ENRIQUE SALAS, SSG, ARMY
CRUZ, JOSEPH AGUIGUI, PFC, MARINE CORPS
CRUZ, JOSEPH WILLIAM, SP4, ARMY
CRUZ, PEDRO AFLAGUE, SSG, ARMY
CUASITO, RONALD PEREZ, PFC, MARINE CORPS
DAMIAN, ALLAN JAMES, LCPL, MARINE CORPS
DELA-CRUZ, FREDERICO V, CPL, ARMY
DELEON, HERMAN BORJA, PFC, ARMY
DIAZ, EDWARD REYES, SP5, ARMY
DOYLE, ALBERT BARCINAS, SGT, ARMY
DUENAS, JOSE BAMBA, SSG, ARMY
EAY, RUDY EDEJER, CPL, ARMY
ESCANO, JUANITO MAIQUEZ, SGT, ARMY
ESPINOSA, VICENTE T, SGT, MARINE CORPS
ESTEVES, FERNANDO BARCINAS, SGT, ARMY
EUSTAQUIO, JOSEPH MARTIN, SGT, ARMY
FINNEY, HAROLD JAMES JR, SP4, ARMY
FLORES, BENNY SAN NICOLAS, SGT, ARMY
FLORES, DAVID CRUZ, SP4, ARMY
FUNES, DAVID JOHN, SGT, ARMY
GORTON, DAVID ATOIGUE, SP4, ARMY
GUERRERO, PEDRO ROSARIO, SSG, ARMY
GUERRERO, VICENT FEJA, CPL, ARMY
HERRERA, JOSE BABAUTA, PFC, ARMY
MARIANO, JESUS ROSA, SP4, ARMY
MENDIOLA, ROBERT LG, SP4, ARMY
MENO, JESUS QUINENE, PFC, ARMY
MESA, TOMAS REYES, SP4, ARMY
MOREHAM, VICENT PINAULA, CPL, ARMY
NEDEDOG, EMILIO NINAISEN, SGT, ARMY
PANGELINAN, GREGORIO L, CPL, ARMY
PANGELINAN, PEDRO CABRERA, SSG, ARMY
PEREDA, HENRY PANGELINAN, SGT, ARMY
PEREZ, JOHN ANTHONY, SP4, ARMY
PEREZ, VICENTE DUENAS, SFC, ARMY
QUENGA, JOHNNY CRUZ, PSG, ARMY
QUIDACHAY, JESUS AQUININGOC, SP4, ARMY
REYES, TOMAS GARCIA, SSG, ARMY
RIPPEL, EUGENE RAYMOND, SP4, ARMY
RIVERA, THOMAS SALAS, SP4, ARMY
RODRIGUEZ, LUCAS HERRERA, PFC, ARMY
SABLAN, ANTONIO QUICHOCHO, SFC, ARMY
SABLAN, IGNACIO ESPINOSA, LCPL, MARINE CORPS
SABLAN, JOHN TENORIO, PFC, ARMY
SABLAN, THOMAS QUICHOCHO, SSG, ARMY
SANCHEZ, GEORGE SANTIAGO, CPL, ARMY
SAN NICOLAS, RUFO SANTOS, LCPL, MARINE CORPS
SAN NICOLAS, VICTOR P, SP4, ARMY
SANTOS, ENRIQUE ROSARIO, SGT, ARMY
SANTOS, ERNEST PABLO, PFC, ARMY
SANTOS, JAMES EDWARD ANDER, SP4, ARMY
SANTOS, RAFAEL SALAS, SSG, ARMY
TAITAGUE, JOHNNY SALAS, SP4, ARMY
TORRE, FRANCIS SAN NICOLAS, SGT, MARINE CORPS
TORRES, PRISHARDO JOSE T, SP4, ARMY
VIOLETT, JAMES EDWARD, CPL, MARINE CORPS
YOKOI, RALPHAEL SGAMBELLURI, PFC, MARINE CORPS
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*At the time of the Vietnam War, the military recruiting station was located in Guam; therefore, those who enlisted were recorded as having Guam as their home-state-of-record, regardless of whether they were originally from the surrounding islands of Saipan, Rota, or Tinian, now referred to as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.