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is honored on Panel 30W, Line 77 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • James Edward Janka

    Posted on 9/29/15
    James Edward Janka
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT James Edward Janka, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • A childhood firend

    Posted on 8/16/13 - by Terry Webb
    I grew up with Jake (that is what we called him) He was my close friend from kindergarten through high school. I remember when in his first year of college he decided to go into the Army saying he didn't think he was learning much in college. I kept in touch with him during his first tour in Nam and then when he came back we got together over that summer. When he went back for the second time he came to visit me, I was a student at the University of North Dakota at the time. That was the last time I saw him. When I heard he had been killed I made my way back to Illinois for the funeral. I was able to locate a group of us that knew him well. It was a harsh reality of that war then permanently imbedded in our lives.
    Jake was a quite man didn't say much, he was very smart always a good student in school. I have many fond memories of times we spent together over the year. I have often wondered what life would have been like had my friend lived.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/18/11 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Ft Sheridan Cemetery, Highwood, Lake County,IL. SS PH
  • Jimmy's passing brought the Vietnam War Home

    Posted on 10/27/08
    My Dad's first cousin, I still remember the day my Mom told me that "Jimmy" had been killed in Vietnam. From my perch in the quiet midwest, the distant war in Vietnam suddenly came into focus. His father, my great Uncle Eddie, was never the same after his death. Jimmy loved being a soldier - and loved his country dearly.
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