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 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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POSTED ON 11.4.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 7.6.2018
POSTED BY: Kathy May

My bracelet

I got my bracelet out today to wear to the traveling Vietnam Wall. It was something I wore proudly to support John's family. I honor the life he gave for an unfortunate situation the USA was placed in.
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POSTED ON 11.4.2017
POSTED BY: Virginia Finn

I wore John's bracelet

I wore John's bracelet as well. I'm sharing a photo I received from his mother. I also have a letter she wrote me before his remains were found and one after. May he continue to Rest in Peace. I pray for him often.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2017
POSTED BY: Jack A. Atteberry Burlington, Ia

Thanks from all

Your service and your memories will live with all of us! We will never forget any of you for your sacrifices for the good of future generations. One veteran to one who gave all, I thank you !!!
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