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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
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