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  • Cam Ranh Bay Officers lub

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Bob Lodie, USAF
    I met John at the club when he was in there recuperating from wounds. Humble guy who wanted to get back into the fight. An Army RANGER with a warrior spirit. Declined safer assignment to return to the battle.

    John is with his God and his comrades now. Peace at last.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/6/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain John Charles Pape, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 5/24/16 - by Ted Baker, FASLA
    John studied Advertising Art and Design at SUNY Farmingdale (Long Island, NY) in '60-'61, when I was also a student there. I remember him as cheerful and friendly. In 1968, I encountered John in the elevator of my apartment building on Staten Island, while he was stationed at Fort Wadsworth. We reminisced a bit about Farmingdale and mutual friends. It was an enjoyable - if brief - "stroll down memory lane". John impressed me - a "Jarhead" - as a squared-away, bright, passionate man, and I imagined him as an extraordinary officer, father, and husband. A tragic loss for all who knew John.
  • Final Mission of CAPT John C. Pape

    Posted on 1/7/16 - by
    Shortly after midnight on May 12, 1969, under cover of a moonless sky, two regiments of the 2nd NVA Division with support of local and regional units, a force of perhaps more than 2,500 soldiers, launched an offensive in the eastern third of Quang Tin Province, now part of present-day Quang Nam. This enemy force quickly gained control of nearly 80 percent of the targeted area, and threatened to overrun and capture several key allied military installations, including the provincial headquarters at Tam Ky. The U.S. Army’s 23rd Infantry Division, the Americal, was responsible for this tactical area of operation, but proved no match for the well-prepared, highly motivated, and determined enemy. On May 14, a Tactical Emergency was declared when the Americal called for help. Men and material were moved into the area to respond to their call. On the morning of May 18, Bravo Company, 1/501st Infantry began to climb Hill 187, north of LZ Professional. As the third platoon reached the summit, several enemy mortar rounds rained down. As the remainder of the company, joined by recon and mortar platoons, reached the top, a command post was established. Soon thereafter, enemy mortar crews had the CP bracketed. One round fell on each side and a third directly hit the CP. The company commander, CAPT John C. Pape, and the senior medic, SP4 Russell L. Jett, were killed in the blast, while the commander’s RTO and five others were wounded. [Taken from]
  • My brother's friend

    Posted on 5/27/12 - by Rick Hillabrant
    John was my brother's friend. John's wife and my brother's wife lived with my family for a short time after Keith ( my brother) and John left for their tour of Vietnam Nam. Keith is now gone as well but managed to survive 2 tours. Keith was with John shortly before he was killed. Keith decided to leave the military in part because of what happened to John.
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The Wall of Faces

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