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JOHN WILLIAM WILSON JR

  • Wall Name:JOHN W WILSON JR
  • Date of Birth:5/22/1948
  • Date of Casualty:11/8/1967
  • Home of Record:PHILADELPHIA
  • County of Record:PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:29E, 55
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

LARRY RANDALL ARWOOD

  • Wall Name:LARRY R ARWOOD
  • Date of Birth:12/14/1946
  • Date of Casualty:11/9/1967
  • Home of Record:SWEETWATER
  • County of Record:MONROE COUNTY
  • State:TN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row:29E, 55
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG


is honored on Panel 29E, Row 55 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Colonel John William Armstrong, 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
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 12/11/10
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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  • John Armstrong,A man I never met nor a man I'll ever forget.....

    Posted on 12/19/03 - by Cynthia Cleary c.cleary@zeronet.com
    I was only 11 years old when I took my babysitting money to buy two POW braclet's.I really didn't know what they were for back then. I understand now. MY THOUGHT'S AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU JOHN AND YOUR FAMILY!!! THEY MUST BE PROUD!!!!!
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  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/9/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

    We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229
    mlokey@aol.com

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

    www.pow-miafamilies.org
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  • ALWAYS REMEMBERED

    Posted on 1/13/03 - by DIANNA CRUZ
    I DIDN'T HAVE THE HONOR TO KNOW COL. JOHN ARMSTRONG IN PERSON, BUT I WEAR THE BRACELET THAT BEARS HIS NAME. I REMEMBER HIM DAILY AND THE SACRIFICE HE MADE FOR THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY AND FOR ALL WHO LIVE HERE, IN FREEDOM. I'M PROUD TO SHARE THE SAME HOME STATE AND A BIRTHDAY (DIFFERENT YEAR) ONE DAY APART. I ALWAYS FLY MY FLAGS IN HIS MEMORY. THANK YOU COL. JOHN. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
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  • To a true patriot and hero, an Air Force officer who examplified...THE CORPS! THE CORPS! THE CORPS!!!

    Posted on 11/15/00
    The Corps! Bareheaded, salute it! With eyes up, thanking our God, that we of the Corps are treading, where they of the Corps have trod! They are here, in ghostly assemblage! The MEN of the Corps long dead! And our hearts are standing ATTENTION! While we wait for their passing tread! We sons of today, we salute you! You sons of an earlier day! We follow, close order, behind you! Where you have pointed the way! The Long Gray Line of us stretches, through the years of a century told! And the last man feels to his marrow, the grip of your far-off hold! GRIP HANDS with us, now though we see not! Grip hands with us, strengthen our hearts, as the Long Line stiffens and straightens with the thrill that your presence imparts! Grip hands, though it be from the shadows! While we swear, as you did of yore! Or living or dying to honor...THE CORPS!!! AND THE CORPS!!! AND THE CORPS!!!!! We salute you, Sir! Your devotion to DUTY...HONOR...COUNTRY...will never, I say again, will NEVER be extinguished from our minds!!!!!!!!!!
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  • If I should die...remembrances for COL. John William Armstrong, USAF...a hero from J.R.'s home town!!!!

    Posted on 11/15/00
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • REMEMBRANCES OF TWO HEROIC AIR FORCE OFFICERS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 2/11/99 - by CLAY MARSTON cmarston@interlog.com
    COLONEL

    JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

    AND

    CAPTAIN

    LANCE PETER SIJAN

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    ON NOVEMBER 9, 1967

    CAPTAIN SIJAN WAS THE PILOT, AND

    COLONEL ARMSTRONG THE BOMBARDIER / NAVIGATOR

    OF AN F4C PHANTOM FIGHTER / BOMBER SENT OUT

    ON A MISSION OVER LAOS AND WERE FLYING LOW

    OVER THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL WHEN, AT ABOUT

    2100 HRS, THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS HIT BY A SURFACE-

    TO-AIR STRIKE MISSILE (SAM) AND CRASHED.

    THESE TWO PILOTS WENT DOWN NEAR THE FAMED

    MU GIA PASS, A PASS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS BORDER

    REGION OF LAOS AND VIETNAM. IT WAS NOT UNTIL

    NEARLY SIX YEARS LATER THAT IT WAS LEARNED

    WHAT HAPPENED TO BOTH OF THEM AS THEY WERE

    ORGINALLY CLASSIFIED AS BEING

    MISSING IN ACTION.


    CAPTAIN SIJAN EVADED CAPTURE FOR NEARLY SIX

    WEEKS. DURING THIS TIME, HE WAS SERIOUSLY

    INJURED AND SUFFERED FROM SHOCK AND EXTREME

    WEIGHT LOSS DUE TO LACK OF FOOD. THE EXTREMELY

    RUGGED TERRAIN WAS SOMETIMES ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE,

    BUT HE CONTINUED TO TRY TO REACH FRIENDLY FORCES.

    UPON BEING CAPTURED BY NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES,

    SIJAN WAS TAKEN TO A HOLDING POINT FOR

    SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER TO A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP.

    IN HIS EMACIATED AND CRIPPLED CONDITION, HE

    OVERPOWERED ONE OF HIS GUARDS AND CRAWLED

    INTO THE JUNGLE, ONLY TO BE RECAPTURED AFTER

    SEVERAL HOURS. HE WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO

    ANOTHER PRISON CAMP WHERE HE WAS KEPT IN

    SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND INTERROGATED AT LENGTH.

    DURING THIS INTERROGATION HE WAS SEVERELY

    TORTURED, YET DID NOT REVEAL ANY INFORMATION.

    SIJAN LAPSED INTO DELIRIUM AND WAS PLACED INTO

    THE CARE OF ANOTHER AMERICAN POW. DURING

    INTERMITTENT PERIODS OF CONSCIOUSNESS UNTIL

    HIS DEATH HE NEVER COMPLAINED OF HIS PHYSICAL

    CONDITION, AND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS KEPT

    TALKING ABOUT FURTHER ESCAPE ATTEMPTS. HE WAS

    BARELY ALIVE, YET CONTINUED TO FIGHT.

    DURING THE PERIOD HE WAS CARED FOR, HE ALSO

    TOLD THE STORY OF HIS SHOOTDOWN AND EVASION

    TO OTHER AMERICANS. AFTER THEIR RELEASE HIS

    INCREDIBLE STORY WAS TOLD IN THE BOOK,

    "INTO THE MOUTH OF THE CAT" AN ACCOUNT WRITTEN

    BY MALCOLM McCONNELL FROM STORIES BROUGHT BACK

    BY THE RETURNING AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR.

    SIJAN RELATED TO FELLOW POWs THAT THE AIRCRAFT

    HAD CLIMBED TO APPROXIMATELY 10000 FEET AFTER

    BEING STRUCK. SIJAN BAILED OUT, BUT WAS

    UNABLE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO COLONEL ARMSTRONG

    BECAUSE OF THE DARKNESS.

    IN 1977, A PATHET LAO DEFECTOR, WHO CLAIMED TO BE A

    PRISON CAMP GUARD, STATED HE HAD BEEN GUARDING

    SEVERAL AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO HIS REPORT,

    ONE WAS NAMED "ARMSTRONG". THERE ARE ONLY TWO

    AMERICANS LISTED AS MISSING IN ACTION WITH THE

    LAST NAME OF ARMSTRONG, AND THERE IS LITTLE

    QUESTION THAT THE OTHER ONE WAS FRANK ALTON

    ARMSTRONG III, WHO DIED AT THE TIME OF HIS CRASH.

    THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, HOWEVER, PLACES

    NO VALIDITY IN THIS SIGHTING REPORT.

    SIJAN WAS FINALLY REMOVED FROM THE CARE OF

    OTHER POWs WHO WERE TOLD THAT HE WAS BEING

    TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL. THEY NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN.

    HIS REMAINS WERE RETURNED TO THE US ON 3-13-1974.


    IN THE EARLY 1980'S, LTC JAMES "BO" GRITZ

    CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF MISSIONS INTO LAOS

    ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN POSITIVE PROOF OF LIVE

    POWs THERE, OR EVEN BETTER, TO SECURE THE

    RELEASE OF AT LEAST ONE LIVE POW / MIA.

    ALTHOUGH GRITZ FAILED TO FREE ANYONE, HE DID

    RETURN WITH A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON AMERICANS.

    ONE THING RECOVERED WAS THE UNITED STATES AIR

    FORCE ACADEMY RING FOR THE CLASS OF 1965,

    INSCRIBED WITH THE NAME "LANCE PETER SIJAN",

    WHICH WAS RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY IN WISCONSIN.

    LANCE SIJAN WAS CAPTURED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE.

    IT IS THEORIZED THAT SINCE THE PATHET LAO ALSO

    OPERATED THROUGHOUT LAOS, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT

    COLONEL ARMSTRONG, IF HE WAS CAPTURED, MAY

    HAVE BEEN TAKEN PRISONER BY THE PATHET LAO.

    NEARLY 600 AMERICANS LOST IN LAOS DISAPPEARED

    AND NOT ONE HELD BY THE PATHET LAO EVER CAME HOME.

    LANCE PETER SIJAN

    WAS A GRADUATE OF THE

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

    AT COLORADO SPRINGS

    IN THE CLASS OF 1965

    HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CAPTAIN

    DURING HIS TIME IN CAPTIVITY, AND WAS AWARDED

    - THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR -

    FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM DURING HIS

    EVASION AND CAPTIVITY. HE BECAME LEGENDARY

    IN HIS ESCAPE ATTEMPTS AND ENDURANCE, EVEN

    TO HIS NORTH VIETNAMESE CAPTORS.

    JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

    WAS A GRADUATE OF THE

    UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

    IN THE CLASS OF 1949.

    AND WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF

    COLONEL

    DURING THE PERIOD HE WAS MAINTAINED AS BEING

    MISSING IN ACTION



    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • DEDICATED TO A TRUE MILITARY OFFICER

    Posted on 1/19/99 - by CLAY MARSTON cmarston@interlog.com
    COLONEL JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE USMA IN THE CLASS OF 1949. HE ORIGINALLY WAS LISTED AS MIA ON 11-9-1967 AND WAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED AS DECEASED ON 6-7-1974. DURING HIS CAREER IN THE USAF HE WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE FOLLOWING DECORATIONS - DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS - AIR MEDAL (5) - THE PURPLE HEART.
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