John Carroll Bonville
“Last continuously serving combat Vietnam Veteran in CT National Guard” 1SG ret. John C. Bonville 66, passed at home March 24, 2018 after a long battle with Glioblastoma associate to AO contact in Vietnam. John was born in New London, CT, June 8, 1951, the only child of Carroll E. Bonville and Alice M. (Dayton) Bonville. John graduated Montville High School in 1969, entering military service in November 1970 into the US ARMY, serving in Vietnam Nov 1971 – 1972 as a forward observer and artillery surveyor on the DMZ. Upon his return to the states he was stationed with the 3rd of the 9th field artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma and without a break in service transferred his enlistment into the CT Army National Guards 248th engineering unit in Willimantic, then transferring into his beloved 102d Army Band of the CTNG completing his military service, retiring as their first sergeant with forty plus years of service June 2011. John’s civilian life, after full time military service began at the town of West Hartford as a land surveyor for ten years, leaving there he spent the remainder of his working life with CNG with 30 years of service, retiring in August of 2014. John continued his education nights ending with his Masters. John continued his support of the Military through his lifetime memberships in the VFW, AmVets and the American Legion. He was devoted to those who have served and continued to serve working for the vitality of his home away from home, American Legion Morgan-Weir Post 27, Litchfield, CT. He said he did it for the ghosts of his fathers and for the future of those to come. He was a mainstay at the post, leading many projects to completion with the loyal help of the infamous Breakfast Club. John is survived by his wife, Jane of 46 years and son Kevin of Harwinton, CT, his beloved grandchildren.