Rest in Peace BrotherPosted on 2/27/15 - by John P. Kashchy firstname.lastname@example.orgI was assigned to the Radar Section of Company E 2/27 Infantry (Wolfhounds) and met John in Feb or Mar 1970 while his squad was pulling overnight security for our Radar site in the village of Binh Than, which was Northwest of Cu Chi, about 3700 meters from the Cambodian Border. We hit it off immediately since I grew up in Dobbs Ferry, we talked a lot about home during our short times together. I lost track of John after his squad moved on and our Radar Section moved to a new location at the end of March. It was only after we returned to Cu Chi that I found out of his death. I am still not able reflect on my time in Viet Nam, without John coming to mind. Rest in Peace Brother.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SGT John Joseph Lyons, sirMORE
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
RememberedPosted on 10/28/10 MORE
RememberedPosted on 10/28/10 MORE
The Herald Statesman - Yonkers, NY - April 8, 1970Posted on 10/6/09 - by Jim McIlhenney firstname.lastname@example.orgWAR NOT DISCUSSED IN VICTIM'S LETTERSMORE
"Everything here is fine... don't worry, I'm all right," was the last message John J. Lyons wrote his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Lyons of 8 Convent Ave.
John, 21, and a specialist fourth class in the Army, was killed in Vietnam Thursday, Yonkers' 31st casualty in the war.
"How are things back in the world?" he wrote in his last letter received by his parents on March 27.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyons said today they had "thought he was relatively safe ... we had no idea he was going to pay with his life."
Mrs. Lyons noted that her son had signed over for 48 days in July and was scheduled to come home Sept. 6.
"He would tell in his letters how he and his buddies would put shoelaces together to make jump ropes. His letters were always cheerful and he was looking forward to coming home," she said.
John had been dating Nancy O'Rourke of 90 St. Andrew's Place since his sophomore year at Sacred Heart High School and they were planning to be married when he came home.
The Lyons family is waiting to hear from John's commanding ground officer to tell them details of his death.
"All I know," Mrs. Lyons whispered, "was that he used to be out on those patrol sweeps near Chu Chi. That's all my son ever wrote about the fighting. To him, everything was just fine."
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