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is honored on Panel 7E, Line 29 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 4/16/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear SFC John Dawes,
    Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Watercraft Operator. You are still MIA. PLEASE COME HOME.
    It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Air Loss, Crash Over Water

    Posted on 12/18/14 - by
    On May 5, 1966, SFC John J. Dawes was a passenger aboard a UH-1D helicopter (other sources report it was a CH-47) that was returning to Nha Trang from a medical evacuation mission. The aircraft lifted off with nine on board, each going to Nha Trang for their own reasons: some to catch a flight home, one going for Malaria treatments, others on pass for a hot shower, a real bed, some cold drinks, restaurant food and whatever else. Nha Trang was a former French resort city. It was obvious that the four younger troopers on board looked up to SFC Dawes. He had a calm confidence and a likable manner that drew the men to him like a dad or an older brother. On board he sat on the floor among the young soldiers. The engine noise made further conversation impractical, so the soldiers all just sat. The bird lifted off, climbed to 3300 feet, and flew out over the sea, some distance from shore, then south along the coast. Everything was going normal, but the helicopter never made it to Nha Trang. Less than an hour into the flight the engine seized up and disintegrated in a matter of 2 or 3 seconds. The aircraft jerked violently sideways and flipped over, almost upside down, but the pilot's quick action righted the Huey and it began to auto-rotate down at a fast rate of descent. The troops were terrified as they looked to SFC Dawes for a sign or signal. He was composed and calm, made an encouraging comment to the troopers and told them to take off boots and gear that would weight them down in the water. Those were his last words. Moments later, the aircraft hit the water. All of the crew and passengers with the exception of Dawes were able to escape the helicopter before it capsized. It is felt that Dawes went down with the chopper. The survivors were rescued about 45 minutes later from the water. An extensive search of the area of rescue was conducted, believing it was the proximity of the crash site as well. No sign was ever found of John Dawes. [Taken from and]
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 5/5/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SFC John James Dawes, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say 'thank you'; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter

  • Brother Eagles

    Posted on 11/6/07 - by Dale Hansen
    Brother John, you have met your “Rendezvous with Destiny”! We will never forget the sacrifice you made.

    No Slack!
    Your 327th Brothers

  • The Wall That Heals, 2004

    Posted on 12/27/04 - by Timothy Holls
    The Wall That Heals, 2004
    Cairo, N.Y.
    30 July 2004
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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