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Neil Wilson
You are not Forgotten

Rest in peace
Friday, March 18, 2005

Robert Abate
Admirer and Fellow-Alumnus
125 Bajart Place
Yonkers, NY 10705 USA
Tyrone S. Pannell - A Remarkable Young Man
I knew of Tyrone Pannell - the athlete. We were the same age, in the same city, competing in track and field but the similarity ended there. He was one of New York City¶s finest and most versatile athletes ever and its premiere track and field star of the late 1950¶s and early Ó60¶s. In the Spring of 1997, I proposed his long overdue induction into the Manhattan College Sports Hall of Fame. It was only then, researching his accomplishments and meeting former classmates and teammates, that I learned about Tyrone Pannell - the person, and the outstanding human being that he was. I never had the privilege of meeting him but I had the pleasure of meeting his wife and daughter at his posthumous induction ceremony. I was stunned to learn from his daughter, Tracy, that he and I had been pretty close for many years. In 1985 I had bought a book: ¶Dear America - Letters Home From Vietnam.¶ Unbeknownst to me, one of the letters was from twenty-three year old Marine Lieutenant Tyrone Pannell to his infant daughter: August 11, 1965 Dear Tracy, The things I want to say to you can never be fully expressed in words. I want so very much to say the things that will make you understand how very much I love you. Before you were born I, like most men, wanted a son. But when I saw you for the first time just a few minutes old, I knew I could never love a son the way I loved you. For a son grows and becomes a man while a daughter is always a child to be loved and cared for. More than anything I want you to know me and love me. The next time I see you, you will be a little lady, walking and talking. Learn how to say ¶Daddy.¶ I love you with all my heart. Love, Daddy Most fittingly, his nomination was approved on the eve of Father¶s Day. From time-to-time, I jog at Manhattan College and when I do, I look up at Tyrone Pannell¶s Hall of Fame banner and sense his presence and a bond of brotherhood.
Saturday, November 03, 2001

Shion Chang
Burke, VA USA
Your sacrifice for this country has not been forgotten. It grieves me that you will never see your own daughter grow up to be a young lady, or hear her say "Daddy." But you ensured that other fathers would have that experience. You are remembered everyday for your sacrifice that this country may remain forever free.
Sunday, May 12, 2002

Douglas Smith
Member of his platoon, Vietnam 1965
P.O. Box 417
Oliver Springs, TN 37840-0417 USA
Semper Fi
Saturday, December 28, 2002

RI United States of America
You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest well brave Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps. "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." ~ President, Ronald Reagan, 1985 ~ ~ ~~ 2LT PANNELL USMC, YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE TO WHICH I AM VERY GRATEFUL. Thank you for your sacrifice and honorable service to this great nation. ~~~~~~~~"They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind". - Hugh Robert Orr
Sunday, October 23, 2005

Robert J Seeber
He was one of my heros at BLMHS
90 Vista Drive
Windham, ME 04062 USA
My older brother attended BLMHS and talked to me about Tyrone frequently. He told me what a great athlete and all around good guy he was. When I attended Bishop Loughlin I remember seeing Tyrone in the hallways. He just looked so squared away! I admired him from the start. I remember the day I was on the Q5A bus to Rosedale NY and there on the front page of the Long Island Press I saw his picture and the announcement that he had died in Viet Nam! I was so shocked. He was a true American Hero. It's too bad he didn't live. but really, how many of us really do?
Sunday, March 26, 2006

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