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JOHN F MATTAROCCHIA JR


is honored on Panel 25W, Line 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • never forget

    Posted on 11/10/16 - by john trocki yashu66@yahoo.com
    one of my best friends in high school. still, and always, missed and remembered!
  • Final Mission of SP4 John F. Mattarocchia Jr.

    Posted on 3/31/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 5, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 67-16088) from HHC, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was on reconnaissance mission when it came under hostile fire. The aircraft received seven hits from .51 caliber enemy machine gun fire in the cockpit area, damaging the flight controls and causing the helicopter to crash. The observer/gunner SP4 John F. Mattarocchia Jr. suffered fatal injuries in the attack. The pilot survived with injuries. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear SGT John F Mattarocchia Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

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  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/14/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    John is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn,MA. BSM PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/20/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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