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FERNANDO MARCELO VALDEZ

  • Wall Name:FERNANDO M VALDEZ
  • Date of Birth:3/8/1949
  • Date of Casualty:7/26/1968
  • Home of Record:PEPEEKEO
  • County of Record:HAWAII COUNTY
  • State:HI
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:50W, 16
  • Casualty Province:HUA NGHIA

WILLIAM ALBERT ATWELL

  • Wall Name:WILLIAM A ATWELL
  • Date of Birth:12/13/1948
  • Date of Casualty:7/27/1968
  • Home of Record:AJO
  • County of Record:PIMA COUNTY
  • State:AZ
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line:50W, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

JOHN WAYNE ACOSTA


is honored on Panel 50W, Line 16 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP4 John W. Acosta

    Posted on 5/17/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On July 27, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 65-09564) from the 118th Assault Helicopter Company was shot down while providing close air support to a ground unit in Phuoc Long Province (III Corps), RVN. The aircraft was hit by unknown ground fire approximately 4 miles east of Tan An. The helicopter burst into flames and spiraled down and crashed. It appeared the flight control systems had been damaged in the attack and the pilots could not control the ship. The crew chief, PFC James H. Young, and gunner, SP4 John W. Acosta, were unable to exit the downed aircraft and perished inside the raging inferno. Both the aircraft commander, WO1 Marcus R. Asplund, and co-pilot, WO1 Michael R. Wilson, were able to get out, but were critically burned. They were evacuated to Camp Zama in Japan for treatment. Wilson died on August 11, 1968, succumbing to injuries and burns suffered in the incident. Asplund died two days later of pneumonia secondary to the burns he received. The remains of Young and Acosta were taken to a morgue in Saigon where they were identified and returned to the United States. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/8/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    DEAR SPEC 4 ACOSTA,

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. NOW, REST IN PEACE IN PARADISE.
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  • CRAZ

    Posted on 12/7/13 - by Chaz Bergandi
    Acosta was a good guy , always wore his platoon scarf around his neck. He was my Gunner on RED 9 , then went to the Bandits , came from the 173 rd Airbourne , 3rd Herd... HE was one of a kind , still miss him , and Simpson to . You Booth were Bandits you booth fought hard . May GOD GRANT YOU A PLACE IN ....HEAVEN because you spent your time in HELL!
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 10/4/13 - by J C Trujillo
    Thank you for being with Marcus.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 John Wayne Acosta, 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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