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is honored on Panel 49W, Line 42 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Misadventure (Friendly fire)

    Posted on 5/20/17 - by
    On August 10, 1968, a USAF F-100 fighter-bomber accidently strafed American troops in the A Shau Valley during a tactical air strike, killing eight men and wounding 50 with rockets and cannon fire. The jet was providing air support for units of the 1st Brigade, 101st Air Cavalry Division, during Operation Somerset Plain/Lam Son-246 when it fired its cannon and four rocket rounds in the vicinity of the American unit near Ta Bat in Thua Thien Province, RVN, an abandoned outpost 375 miles northeast of Saigon in an effort to disrupt communist supply lines and infiltration from Laos. Contact had been light during the operation and the accidental strafing caused more casualties than scattered encounters with the enemy during the first four days of the mission. The eight American fatalities included PFC Daniel L. Ault, SGT Antonio V. Garcia, PFC Roger Hulsey, PFC Samuel R. James II, PFC John J. Matarazzi Jr., PFC Steven M. Schlosser, PFC Kurt P. Stephenson, and SP4 Edward Stewart. Ault, Hulsey, James, Matarazzi, Schlosser, and Stephenson were posthumously promoted to corporal after the incident; Stewart was promoted to sergeant. [Taken from and “Yanks Strafed By Own Plane.” Chicago Times, August 11, 1968]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL John Joseph Matarazzi 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.

    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
  • John...

    Posted on 7/11/12 - by

    John was born on the 7th of January, 1949, in Lebanon. He was one of two sons and two daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. John Mamrui. Senior. He grew up in the Lebanon arm and graduated from Lebanon High School in the Class of 1967.

    He enlisted in the Army in September of 1967. After basic training he completed the US Army Airborne training course at Fort Benning, Georgia. His next assignment was Viet Nam and he arrived there on the 8th of May, 1968. Upon arrival he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry

    Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He fell on the 10th of August, 1968, as a

    result of mortal wounds in?icted from a friendly air strike which was directed at a hostile force.

    He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Parachutist Wings. He was also awarded the Cross

    of Gallantry, the Military Merit Medal, and the Viet Nam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Viet Nam. He had quali?ed as an Expert with the ri?e and automatic ri?e, and Sharpshooter with the M-60 machine gun.

    He was survived by his parents; a brother. Clyde; and sisters, Marie and


  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/5/11 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lebanon, Lebanon County,PA.
  • Photo

    Posted on 5/27/10
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