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  • Date of Birth:12/19/1943
  • Date of Casualty:3/18/1969
  • Home of Record:CHICAGO
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:29W, 74
  • Casualty Province:GIA DINH


  • Date of Birth:3/19/1948
  • Date of Casualty:3/18/1969
  • Home of Record:GALVESTON
  • County of Record:GALVESTON COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:29W, 74
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 29W, Row 74 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • SGT John R. Thielen - Birthday Remembrance (69th)

    Posted on 9/20/16 - by kr
    The Bishop Amat Military Memorial Steering Committee remembers one of the 8 men whose name is chiseled into marble at the Bishop Amat Vietnam Memorial, SGT John Roger Thielen, on what would’ve been his 69th birthday – 20 September 2016.
  • Remembering John

    Posted on 6/23/15 - by Tim Sullivan
    John and I were in grade school together. Nativity in El Monte.I remember John was at Ft. Lewis seems like quite a while before shipping out. I was already back from Vietnam, stationed in Texas when i got word about Johns death. Quite a shock . I had already lost a few classmates over there and i wondered how many more. John was a good guy , one of the few you wouldn't mind taking out your sister. I knew his mom, a real nice lady , i feel bad for what she must have gone through. Bless you John I know your in a better place>
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT John Roger Thielen, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/11/10 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in South Can Gabriel, CA. BSM ARCOM PH
  • Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

    Posted on 5/4/10 - by
    A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
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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