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Pierre Freyre

Great Job! My uncle Fruto J. Oquendo, known by his buddies in Nam as "CHICO" served with Charlie Co. 2/8 1st Cav 10/17/68-05/06/89. My uncle was killed during a surprised attack at LZ Carolyn. For years his picture hung up in my mom's living room and I had questions and no one chose to answer it for me. His wife's new husband did not want me to speak to her bring up the past nor approach my cousin my uncles daughter that he never got a chance to meet as the wounds have healed and they did not want me to rehash the past. I did not want to step on anyones toes, so I decided to conduct my own search and learn info about what took place while my uncle served his country. I have been amazed that he was a great friend, brother and counselor to many. His death touched many lives. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and is up for Valorous Unit Award (VUA). I have recently sent a letter to the congressman for NY recommending that my uncle's name be nominated for a street, park or building. I was a toddler when he died and I will continue my quest to get him the recognition that he deserves. I am still gathering more information and I am presently working on putting together a video presentation of his life and his heroism recognizing his devotion to duty at the cost of his life. I read your fathers comments about your tribute to him and he is extremely proud. Your tribute will heal all is wounds and surface his brothers that helped him through the war. great job! My hats off to you and to your dad for sharing hsi scrapbook with you.