Jerry Isaacson was a classmate of ours at Marblehead High School class of 1963. We were a very close-knit class. We all knew each other. We were aware that Jerry had been killed in Vietnam and have remembered him and our other Vietnam casualty Duncan Sleigh at all of our class reunions.
My wife Debby, my son Robert and I went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on August 29, 1994. We stopped at the gate and asked for the locations of both Duncan and Jerry. When I got the slip for Jerry I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Jerry was killed on my 21st birthday. Subsequently on my birthday I cannot help but remember Jerry.
I have a number of family and friends laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery in Peabody and it is at the end of the street on which I live so many of my walks bring there. One day while paying my respects to my grandparents I noticed a gravestone with the name Isaacson. It was not Jerry’s, but the one next to it was. I now pay my respects to Jerry each time I visit the cemetery.
In May of 2018 Maple Hill Cemetery sent a letter indicating that they were selling bricks to remember Holocaust victims and service members. Our class was at that time planning our 55th reunion and as a member of the committee I suggested we honor Jerry’s memory with a brick.
It took time to get it done, but now there is a memorial brick at the entrance of Maple Hill Cemetery for Jerry from our class. May his memory be for a blessing.
Richard Strauss, Peabody