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WILLIAM ANTHONY GRIST

  • Wall Name:WILLIAM A GRIST
  • Date of Birth:7/5/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/28/1968
  • Home of Record:BESSEMER
  • County of Record:LAWRENCE COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line:64W, 9
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

RONALD GENE HEMBREE

  • Wall Name:RONALD G HEMBREE
  • Date of Birth:3/4/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/28/1968
  • Home of Record:ANDREWS
  • County of Record:CHEROKEE COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:HM3
  • Panel/Line:64W, 10
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

JOHN EDWARD HAZELWOOD


is honored on Panel 64W, Line 12 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Johnny-A Great Guy

    Posted on 10/12/17 - by Larry Prather
    Johnny was a great and fun loving guy. His sense of humor was wonderful and his smile was infectious! He was a great friend and everybody liked him! When the NFL players disrespected our flag and country by not honoring our flag and anthem, Johnny was the first thing in my mind. My wife Patti and I have put flowers on Johnny's grave site every year since 1968 when he was killed in action! Johnny and all of the other heroes deserve our enduring respect!
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  • Friend since childhood

    Posted on 9/25/17 - by William B. Lowe
    John and I grew up in Gurdon, AR only 18 days difference in age. When he moved to KS I thought I lost a good friend and it broke my heart when I learned of his ultimate sacrifice. I just returned from Washington D.C. and was able to locate his name on the Vietnam War Memorial and others who I lost in that war. Thanks again.
    William B. Lowe





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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 5/28/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    *HAZELWOOD, JOHN EDWARD (KIA)
    Citation:
    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Edward Hazelwood (2268715), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 28 May 1968 during Operation ALLEN BROOK, Corporal Hazelwood's platoon was advancing across an open area toward a tree line near the village of Cu Ban (4), when the Marines came under heavy automatic weapons, small arms and rocket fire and were pinned down by a well entrenched enemy force. As supporting tanks moved into the area to aid the besieged unit, one vehicle was immediately disabled by an enemy rocket propelled grenade. Alertly detecting the source of the enemy fire, Corporal Hazelwood fearlessly exposed himself to hostile fire as he ran thirty- five meters to the nearest tank and utilizing the vehicle's tank-infantry phone, directed accurate 90-mm. fire into the enemy position, destroying it. Returning across the fire-swept area to his squad and realizing the importance of gaining fire superiority, Corporal Hazelwood again exposed himself to hostile fire as he organized his men and led an aggressive assault against the enemy-held tree line. Throughout the ensuing battle, he moved from one man to another, offering words of encouragement and directing accurate fire at enemy positions until he was mortally wounded. His dynamic leadership and determined actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Hazelwood upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
    Home Town: Gypsum, Kansas
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/25/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL John Edward Hazelwood, 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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  • Veterans Day

    Posted on 11/11/13
    This is John's son Todd, remembering him on Veteran's Day 2013.
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