Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 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 email@example.comWAR 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."
The Herald Statesman - Yonkers, NY - April 7, 1970Posted on 10/6/09 - by Jim McIlhenney firstname.lastname@example.orgJOHN LYONS DIES IN VIETNAM;MORE
SOLDIER 31ST YONKERS VICTIM
Specialist Fourth Class John J. Lyons, 21, son of Richard P. and Catherine Walsh Lyons of 8 Convent Ave., is Yonkers 31st victim of the Vietnam War.
Spec.4 Lyons was killed in action near Chu Chi on April 2, while serving with the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. The family has not yet received any further information, concerning his death. His parents last heard from him in a letter received March 27.
He was born Feb. 11, 1949, in Yonkers and attended Sacred Heart Elementary and High schools. He was on the track, basketball, football and baseball teams in school and continued his interest in athletics until his enlistment on Feb. 5, 1969.
Before joining the armed forces, he was employed by the Western Electric Co. on Tuckahoe Road, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He received his basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and arrived in Vietnam last July.
In addition to his parents, Spec.4 Lyons is survived by a brother, Peter and four sister, Mrs. Walter (Kathleen) ----------and Teresa Lyons, all of Yonkers.
In your memoryPosted on 5/1/04 - by Whitney Lyons email@example.comI regret that you are not here today, but your memory lives on. When I think of you, I will always remember what you did at Vietnam. You fought for the rights and freedoms of people that you had never met, and sacrificed the most important thing that you ever could... your life. As a proud American, I salute you, dear soldier. Rest in Peace.MORE
I am a senior at Gridley High School in Gridley, IL. I write this remembrance to you as
part of the Gridley High School Posting Project, a Project that ensures that those brave
men and women whom either perished or went MIA during the Vietnam War are not
We Were CousinsPosted on 6/17/03 - by Thomas MartinIt's taken me a long time, and many visits to this web site, and maybe now I can add a remembrance. I feel guilty, sometimes, breathing air and just living. You were 21 when you perished. So young. All my memories of you are locked in those fundamental years. Those years of growing up. Baseball and basketball in the park. Games in the dark while our mothers sat on the benches. The benches. We grew up on those benches. Do you have any idea how many cousins can fit on a park bench? We were cousins. Eighteen cousins grew up in that brown house. We used to wrestle in the hallway. You always won. I'll always remember your smile, that chipped-tooth grin, your quick easy laugh, your "watch this" compulsion to pull a prank. You're missed by many Johnny. Somehow, it never goes away. 'Til then.MORE
In memory of John J. Lyons, Company B, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds), who died in the Renegade Woods on April 2, 1970Posted on 6/4/03 - by Landon McAllister MORE
A missed uncle.Posted on 12/22/02 - by John DulakI am 13 year old John Dulak. Son of Louise Dulak who was sister to John Lyons. I was named after him and am proud of my namesake. I hope my uncle fought bravely and his last thoughts were honorable. I have no doubt that he tried his hardest and the bastard that killed him had just gotten lucky.MORE
Lost but not ForgottonPosted on 11/12/02 - by Peter WirchanskeWe used to play in Lennon Park as children never knowing your name would appear on the Monument. You, your brother Peter and I. Thank you for your sacrifice. I will never be able to repay what you have done for your country.MORE
In MemoryPosted on 4/2/0232 years ago, Johnny. Lost in some place called Renegade Woods. We love you and miss you and hope we've done you proud.
Look of LovePosted on 3/14/02 - by Nancy CaveWhile it's hard to believe that you've been gone for 32 years, yourMORE
face and smile have never disappeared from my mind. Our love
has always held a special place in my heart. Happy 53rd birthday.
Always RememberedPosted on 4/10/01 - by Jimmy KinneyJohn, Always remember you. Always think of you. Since the War. Seeing your name on the monument in Lennon Park. Since I went in the Army myself. You are not forgotten. Your name and life lives on in our hearts and minds. Thank you for your sacrifice. You did not die in vain. God with you always. Your friend and neighbor, Jimmy KinneyMORE
BROTHERPosted on 7/15/00 - by PETER LYONSJOHN YOU ARE MISSED EVERY DAY WE ALWAYS THINK OF YOU AND MISS YOU UNTIL WE MEET IN HEAVEN TAKE CARE OF HERE ON EARTH LOVE PETEMORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.