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JAN AVERY ELKINS


is honored on Panel 40W, Line 36 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Thank You

    Posted on 7/23/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Cpl Jan Elkins,
    Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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.
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  • He was my only oder brother.

    Posted on 12/7/17 - by Jay Elkins jay.elkins@gmail.com
    He was two years older than me, so as a kid he was stuck with me as his shadow. As we got older it was apparent that his looks and his gifts would garner more attention than mine would, so I remained in his shadow until he left home for college and then the Marines. He died at age 20, having stepped on a booby-trap walking point for his outfit. He died with a photo of his wife in his wallet and a copy of the works of Byron in his pack.
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  • October 26, 1968

    Posted on 10/26/17 - by Mark Hessel
    I have much smpathy for this brave Marine's family and friends today and always. It has been forty nine years since he lost his life in Vietnam. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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  • A Fallen Hero Honored

    Posted on 6/25/16 - by hectorh97@hotmail.com
    I have worked on Elkins Road in East Brunswick for a few years and recently
    I saw that a street sign was mounted on top of the current street sign on Elkins Rd in honor of a Marine who was killed in Vietnam. I searched the name and came upon this site. I did not know Mr. Elkins but I felt something that told me to post this. I have a brother in law who was in the army and served in Vietnam .
    My brother is a 20 year Veteran of the US Marine Corp. My nephew is currently in the US Air Force. I am proud of them and proud to post this picture honoring a Fallen Her.
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  • Oakwood Island Days in New Rochelle NY (1961?)

    Posted on 4/16/16 - by Jill (Gjelsten) Keogh
    I can remember the first time my sister and I saw Jan and Jay on the beach at Oakwood Island (which was a summer colony on the water.) I looked at my sister and said "he's mine'!! Of course, Joanne being much prettier and a year or so older automatically caught his eye, and they were as "item" for the summer. We all took the bus to Playland in Rye at least once that summer and the guys walked around with those felt brim hats for the rest of the season.
    It was a sweet and tame summer, where we sat on the beach with transistor radios listening to Murray D Kaye and Dandy Dan Daniel spin the top 40 Rock 'N Roll songs.
    We were shocked to find out about Jan's loss in Viet Nam. While we never saw or talked again after that summer, we always assume that life goes on. We've reached an age now were we've started to wonder what happened to the people with whom we've crossed paths, and the Elkin Boys were the first ones from the Island who we wanted to find out about.
    Our hearts are with his family and friends, his wife and his son, and of course, with Jay...
    Jill (Gjelsten) Keogh and
    Dr Joanne Gjelsten
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The Wall of Faces

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