Arthur John CastilloCorporal
B TROOP, 3RD SQDN, 4TH CAV RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
04 October 1950 - 10 November 1969
Pico Rivera, California
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The database page for Arthur John Castillo
Just a note Arthur, to let you know that you are still remembered. We talk about your terrible accident and remember you, Vargas, and Query, at each reunion. I still remember the day that the CO had me get all of your personal effects together for shipment home. The fact that you 3 were not with us any more was almost unbelieveable until the time we packed up your belongings. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.
From a fellow trooper,
Thank you for your friendship, service to our country and making the supreme sacrifice so my family and myself may enjoy our freedom.
I would really like to be contacted by either Karen or Arlene Castillo (Art's sisters).
From a friend,
It has been 35 years since the soldiers came that night. I can still remember it so vividly. I was visiting Mom and Dad that night when there was a knock on the door. Mom went to the door. As soon as she saw the soldiers, she knew what it meant. Our Nana was there too. I never stopped to think how that knock affected her. Years and years passed before it dawned on me how she must have been taken back to that day when she got her own knock on the door ... the knock that announced the death of her son, our Uncle Bud, in WW2. All I thought about was how I felt. I was 21 and pregnant with my first child. Dad turned to me and said, "If you have a boy, you can name him after your brother." Three months later, that's what I did. My son bears your name, as does his son.
I often wonder what you would have been like as an adult. You had just turned 19 the month before you died. I remember you in small ways ... like hearing that my little grandson took the picture showing our Mom and Dad at the Wall in Washington, D.C. pointing to your name to share for show and tell at school. I remember you in big ways ... every time I hear Taps, or when I hear the National Anthem. No one seems to sing anymore, but I always do. I sing for the soldier, yes, but mostly for the brother that I love and miss. The brother who loved the 4th of July, white Christmas trees, the beach and surfing. I'll always honor your memory as will our sisters, Jackie and Arlene. Your memory and your name live on.
From his sister,
Art Castillo with his new surfboard.
Christmas 1964; age 14.
... in the Army
A Note from The Virtual WallThe three men killed in the accident were
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Karen Van Meter
23 Jul 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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