Our Fathers - Our Tributes

Major Erman M. Newman Jr.


Service in Vietnam 
1966 – 1966

Location of Casualty
Da Nang

The Wall
Panel 009E Line 133


Maj Erman M Newman Jr, El Paso, Texas. Graduated USMA, West Point in 1957. An Army Ranger assigned to MACV in DaNang, South Vietnam 1966.

My father was KIA in Vietnam when I was only 21 months old, so I have no specific memory of him. He wasn’t physically here to see me grow through childhood, or for the highlights of my life – high school graduation, father-daughter dances, college graduation, wedding day, birth of grandchildren. While I cannot remember him, every milestone if my life had a certain element of sadness.

I don’t know any other way to describe it. But I have always known and felt deep down that he was, and is, watching over me, my Mom and siblings from heaven above.

My mother made sure to keep his memory alive and I have spent countless hours asking her questions about him and their life together. It is clear from the stories from her and also from his classmates of USMA ’57, that he was a great and honorable man with a sense of humor and a love of God and family. I treasure the stories, the photos and remembrances that I have heard and seen through the years.

In his honor, I wear a memorial bracelet (never take it off) and I am a proud gold star daughter!

May you continue to rest in peace Daddy.