JOHN S ANDERSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 26 OF THE WALL

JOHN STEVEN ANDERSON

WALL NAME

JOHN S ANDERSON

PANEL / LINE

16W/26

DATE OF BIRTH

02/24/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KHANH HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/04/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WATERLOO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Black Hawk County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN STEVEN ANDERSON
POSTED ON 4.22.2021
POSTED BY: Lynette Braesch

I wore John’s bracelet

I wore John’s bracelet back in 1973 & yesterday ran across a letter his mother wrote to me on 7/8/73. I have kept it w my High School memories as I graduated in 1971. Last night I reread the letter & a picture of John & today pulled up this website. I most definitely will make a donation in John’s name if possible to ensure his memory & he will never be forgotten in my mind for the sacrifice of his life for our freedoms. Love, thoughts & prayers to his family.
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POSTED ON 3.29.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die...
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POSTED ON 2.24.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Chief Warrant Officer John Steven Anderson, Served with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company, 10th Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 12.31.2020
POSTED BY: Becky Korell

I WORE JOHN'S BRACELET

I, also, wore John's bracelet. I received a letter years ago from his father telling me of his fate. I just recently came across the bracelet going through items after a move. I'd like to pass the bracelet on to a family member. Please contact me if you'd like to have this bracelet in memory of John.
Becky
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POSTED ON 6.20.2019

Final Mission of CW2 John S. Anderson

On November 4, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16057) departed the 48th Aviation Company pad at Ninh Hoa at 11:25 AM enroute to the 155th Aviation Company located at Ban Me Thout. This was the last known contact with the aircraft. At approximately 6:00 PM that same evening, and after an extensive ramp check was made at Ninh Hoa, Ban Me Thout, and Phu Hiep, the helicopter was reported to 10th Aviation Battalion (Combat) as missing. More than 3 ½ years later, on July 9, 1973, Montagnard tribesmen traveling through the Zuc Me Pass happened upon a charred helicopter in the jungle with the skeletal remains of seven servicemen. After examination by forensic experts, the military announced on September 5, 1973, that the recovered remains were those of the missing helicopter crew which was thought to have gone down in bad weather. The lost personnel were identified as pilots CPT Alfonso R. Castro and CW2 John S. Anderson, crew chief SSG Marion L. Roach, and gunner SP6 Allan G. Kennedy; also identified were passengers SSG Rick E. Medaris, SSG John A. Payne, and SP5 Richard G. Bauer. The mother of Medaris refused to believe they had found her son and joined four other families filing suit in federal court in New York to block the military from declaring the missing crew and passengers as "presumed dead" without furnishing further proof. After the intercession of then Vice-President Gerald Ford, the remains were transported in June 1974 from California to University Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, for further tests. Tests revealed that 12 dental fillings in a jawbone matched Medaris’ dental records and a burned piece of boot with the numbers 463912 matched the last six numbers of his Social Security number. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, virtualwall.org, and “Florida woman sends Vietnam War bracelet to parent of Grand Rapids-area soldier killed in 1969.” The Grand Rapids Press, June 28, 2009]
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