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WILLIAM EUGENE JONES

  • Wall Name:WILLIAM E JONES
  • Date of Birth:6/21/1940
  • Date of Casualty:1/20/1968
  • Home of Record:FT WORTH
  • County of Record:TARRANT COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:MAJ
  • Panel/Line:33E, 49
  • Casualty Province:NZ

JAMES ALAN KETTERER

  • Wall Name:JAMES A KETTERER
  • Date of Birth:12/18/1942
  • Date of Casualty:1/20/1968
  • Home of Record:MILWAUKEE
  • County of Record:MILWAUKEE COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Line:34E, 88
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:NZ

SOLOMON KALUA JR


is honored on Panel 34E, Line 88 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/8/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL Solomon Kalua Jr, 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
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  • Beloved Uncle

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Mahealani Kuuipo Kalola Kalua Strong
    He was the Uncle I never met, but always admired and honored. Even this day I can picture my Father Israel's expressions, and tears as he told stories of their past and how they served together in Vietnam. While he was my inspiration for joining the armed services, he was also the reason my father wouldnt allow it. Til we meet in Heaven ;) Love your Niece - Mahealani
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  • Beloved Uncle

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Mahealani Kuuipo Kalola Kalua Strong
    He was the Uncle I never met, but always admired and honored. Even this day I can picture my Father Israel's expressions, and tears as he told stories of their past and how they served together in Vietnam. While he was my inspiration for joining the armed services, he was also the reason my father wouldnt allow it. Til we meet in Heaven ;) Love your Niece - Mahealani
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  • March 10, 1966 to August 1966

    Posted on 10/22/13 - by Micharl Ainsworth
    Solomon, this "Ains" as you called me in Basic Training at Ft Ord. I remember you being the acting platoon sergeant and I was a squad leader, we both chosen to be that in basic by SSgt Young. Basic was alright and we had some characters in our platoon. You were pretty good at keeping the platoon moving in the right direction! Only three of the whole company were going Airborne and at that time you were not one of them. We graduated on May 13, 1966 and I was going to Ft' Sam Houston to become a Medic and you to Ft. Sill for Artillery AIT...it is weird that only three out of the company ended up at Ft. Benning for Airborne Training as I remember it was like 120 degrees during the time we were there training to jump out of airplanes but the running and running and running was unimaginable add the exercise and more running to and from our barracks was enough to last three lifetime's. They taught us well those Black Hats and that is one experience I will never forget...Remember at Ft. Benning if a person didn't have their Parachute Wings (Jump Wings) they had to be running every where? If you had to go one foot you better be running the "Black Hat" would say! I remember, I was in the middle of my jump week and had already made three parachute jumps, it was about 17:00 and I was washing my fatigues because of the salt from the sweat from the training day...as I looked out the window where I was washing my clothes I saw this image of a man a Paratrooper he had to be because he was walking, as this person came closer to where I was I noticed a familiar "swagger" I have seen before and as this person came closer the I saw that it was you. I could not believe it because you didn't volunteer in basic for Jump School then you walked right past the barracks I was in, remember I called out your name, "Kalua!" "Kalua!" you stopped and looked around then you started waking again, again I yelled, "Kalua!" This time you looked up to the sky and shook your head and started walking again, this time I ran outside and finally you saw me when I said "Hey, Kalua!" I said, "when did you volunteer for "Jump School?" At Ft. Sill is what he told me and he wanted to be stationed in Hawaii because that is were he was from and his family would be near by. I knew at the time if anyone completed the Airborne Course could have their pick of any Army unit that was open and he said to me he chose to be in the 25th Infantry which their home base was in Hawaii. I told him that, "I only had two more jumps to make and I would get my Parachute Wing's in a couple of days." Kalua, told me he, "would wait a few days to go home so that he and I could go together to this "Airborne Club Bar" and have a couple of beer's." I finished my training and Kalua even came to the ceremony, he and I walked with pride together to the "Airborne Club Bar."
    This was to be the last time I saw him and I didn't find out that Solomon was KIA until 1985 when I looked at a book with everyone that was KIA or MIA in Vietnam. My heart sunk, is all I can say! I do have a picture of you and I at that "Airborne Club Bar" and will try to post it but right now it is in an album packed away somewhere in this house. I think of you and other friends we lost...I was wounded too on May 14th, 1967 and if it wasn't for God and my Guardian Angel and of course the excellent medical doctor's I would have been playing Dominos in Heaven with you! Airborne!
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  • LRRP Ranger Kalua

    Posted on 4/21/13 - by Michael S Chu mchu-moanawai@hawaii.rr.com

    I didn't know Solomon but served in the same LRRP Ranger unit about a year after his death. Met some of the Kalua family at the dedication of the KoreanVietnam memorial. Also knew Isreal Kalua while stationed at Schofield Barracks




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