• Vietnam Moving Wall In Comanche With Comanche Boy On It


    More Than A Name Upon A Wall

    Jerry Don

    Jerry Don

    Jerry Don Giesecke

    Corporal
    C CO, 2ND BN, 3RD INFANTRY, 199TH INFANTRY BDE, USARV
    Army of the United States
    Comanche, Texas
    June 30, 1948 to December 18, 1969
    JERRY D GIESECKE is on the Wall at Panel W15, Line 70

    It sounds professional, even a bit clinical, doesn’t it? And yet once upon a time not so very long ago, as time goes, Jerry Don Giesecke was a young man walking the halls of Comanche High School just like so many of us have done. Of course, we’d all heard of Vietnam, the nightly news made sure of that, but I doubt that any of us could have told you where it was or found it on a map without quite a bit of searching.

    And then, Jerry Don grew up, was drafted, and sent to a place that suddenly we all knew more about than any teenager should have to know because Jerry Don Giesecke was one of those boys who didn’t make it home from the jungles of the hell hole that was Vietnam.

    “THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY HAS ASKED ME TO EXPRESS HIS DEEPEST REGRET THAT YOUR SON PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JERRY D GIESECKE, WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN VIETNAM ON 18 DECEMBER 1969. HE WAS AT A NIGHT DEFENSE POSITION WHEN SUPPORTING ARTILLARY FIRE DIRECTED AT A HOSTILE FORCE LANDED IN THE AREA. PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY. THIS CONFIRMS PERSONAL NOTIFICATION MADE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY.”

    The telegram was signed by Kenneth G. Wickham, Major General.

    VIETNAM MOVING WALL

    It wasn’t too long after the death of his son that Jerry Don’s father, Chester Giesecke, became my teacher. Of course, I knew that Mr. Giesecke had lost his son, but it would be another decade before I understood what that look on his face really meant. It would be much longer before that fine Christian man and I would sit down and talk about the pain that comes with the loss of a child.

    “I have the honor to inform you that Jerry has been awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Good Conduct Medal, and the Sharpshooter Badge with automatic rifle and rifle bars.’

    Again, Major General Wickham signed the letter.

    The Moving Wall will be featured in Comanche during the Pow Wow. Ric and I will be viewing it with Chuck and Carolyn Ratliff of Comanche. Chuck is a Vietnam vet whose own story is featured on texansunited.com. Click here to read.

    Times You May View:
     
    September 25 at 10am-7pm
    September 26, 27 and 28 9am-7pm
    September 28 9am-4pm

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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