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  • Date of Birth:12/19/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/29/1968
  • Home of Record:MIDWEST CITY
  • County of Record:OKLAHOMA COUNTY
  • State:OK
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Row:63W, 5
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Date of Birth:10/6/1946
  • Date of Casualty:5/29/1968
  • Home of Record:LONDON
  • County of Record:LAUREL COUNTY
  • State:KY
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Row:63W, 5
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 63W, Row 5 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Final Mission of SGT Juan A. Elias

    Posted on 9/8/16 - by
    SGT Juan A. Elias and PFC Donald Miller were members of E Company (LRRP), 52nd Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division. On May 21, 1968, their team was rigging a grenade as a booby trap on an enemy trail in Thua Thien Province, RVN, when it accidentally exploded, fatally injuring PFC Miller and seriously wounding SGT Elias. Elias was evacuated to a naval hospital ship where he succumbed to his wounds on May 29, 1968. A third member of the team, SGT Larry Curtis, lost an eye in the incident. Donald Miller was posthumously promoted to corporal by the Army. [Taken from and]
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 8/16/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant Juan Angel Elias, Served with Company E (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol), 52nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division.
  • History Student and Platoon fan

    Posted on 6/8/16 - by Kyle Blackwell
    I first heard of you after viewing Oliver Stone's 'Platoon'. He says you were a good man. Rest in peace my friend. I think that the fact that you died on President Kennedy's birthday, well if there is a God I'm sure he's telling us why this stupid war occurred.
  • Never forgotten

    Posted on 5/27/16 - by Elaine K. Deal
    Today is a day I will always remember, it is long ago you crossed over to your Mesa to be with Family whom welcomed you with open arms. You will never be forgotten Angel.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/25/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Juan Angel Elias, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Remembered by Army Together We Served

    Posted on 1/6/16 - by Gary McJimsey
    Army Together We Served maintains a Vietnam Fallen Remembrance Profile page for SGT Elias at If you can provide any information and photos of Juan Elias please contact me, Gary mcJimsey, at Thank you.
  • Cool November Morning

    Posted on 1/12/14 - by Elaine
    Angel, I remember how nervous Anni Whiteraven was the two weeks before she acknowledged everything about you, from deep inside her soul. She was afraid some would not accept what she felt and said. Angel, you have a beautiful daughter in all she is.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 11/18/12

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • Photo

    Posted on 8/4/11
    (Photo Credit: Earl McCann) Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 8/4/11
    (Photo Credit: Earl McCann) Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/5/10 - by Robert Sage
    Juan is buried at Holy Hope Cemetery, Tucson,AZ. PH
  • American Legend

    Posted on 6/5/10 - by JL
    Without Juan Angel Elias one of the greatest war movies ever, Platoon, would have not have been made. According to Oliver Stone, Juan Angel Elias had the presence of a "rock star" and was as good a soldier as anyone had ever seen. Please cherish the memory of this three time combat veteran, a true American hero and legend.
  • A Cool November Morning

    Posted on 3/22/09 - by Anni
    On a cool November morning, I stood before the Wall, then to a stage to speak from my heart of you. My hands shook, but not my voice, for my voice is yours. As I scanned the crowd, your eyes I found, in every man who stood to listen. Yes Father they even cheered, but I could not find the tears, that waited and watched as well. Angel Until this moment I never understood... but now I do. You are always with me, and I am never alone, and in the cold dark of that November night, the tears that waited came, and with them the soul of every name upon that Wall. Father your name is seared into my heart and soul, and I Thank you for going back a third time, so that another daughter, could stand at this Wall, and know too the sacrifice this child had made. You are not held by this Wall nor the wind nor rain, just as you lived know that I carry you with me, for I am you, on a cool November morning.
    You held me on a cool November morning as I came to this world, as I hold you each and everyday. I remember all too well the last time you held me another November day, looking into your eyes I held the world as I do now. Yes I do remember... Father a new day has come,and yet you are never gone simply a breath away

    Your Loving Daughter

    Posted on 6/11/04 - by Chris Spencer
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
  • I remember you.

    Posted on 3/22/03 - by Tara
    dear Juan, I have remembered you at last, brave and beautiful soul. You are in my heart, and shall be always...

    Posted on 2/20/03 - by Jane
    Thank you for your sacrifice, Juan.
  • other

    Posted on 7/10/02 - by anonymous
    You were Oliver Stone's motivation for the movie "Platoon". Thank you for your service to our country. God Bless you and R.I.P.

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.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit