JOHN R BALDRIDGE JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

JOHN ROBERT BALDRIDGE JR

WALL NAME

JOHN R BALDRIDGE JR

PANEL / LINE

16W/97

DATE OF BIRTH

11/02/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/20/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MEMPHIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Shelby County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN ROBERT BALDRIDGE JR
POSTED ON 2.10.2015
POSTED BY: Shencey Herigstad

I know this will seem odd...

Today, in a box filled with all sorts of mementos, I found a bracelet with Capt. John Baldridge jr.'s name. My husband, being in the Navy, recognized the significance immediately. You see, I do storage auctions. So I often find all sorts of treasures. I am also a historian. I thoroughly enjoyed finding the bracelet and reading about Capt. Baldridge. I am thankful for his and his families' sacrifice. I will hold onto the bracelet as a reminder of what others have given so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. The bracelet was well worn. Someone had to weld it back together after it snapped. Thank you for your sacrifice.
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POSTED ON 9.26.2014
POSTED BY: Elizabeth Smith Smailes

Story

I have a story about Butch which takes place in College Station. My father was his advisor. Does anyone have an address for his daughter that I could send the story.
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POSTED ON 7.21.2014
POSTED BY: Patti

I Wore His Bracelet Until it Cracked

I wore his bracelet so many years that it cracked and tarnished. I was a scrawny teenager of 12 years old and I had to tape the bracelet together to keep it from coming off my skinny wrist. There isn't a picture of me during this time without his bracelet and I said a prayer for Captain Baldridge each night. The bracelet didn't even come off when I showered. I must have worn it until I was at least 15.

I remember Nixon speaking that all our young men were home and knowing this was not true. How confusing this was at such a young age.

Years later, each time we've been to war, I wear the bracelet in memory of those who give their lives for our country in hopes that each war will be our last.

Unfortunately my house was robbed in 2008 and the bracelet stolen. How sad this made me to lose something so sentimental to me. But I will never forget Captain John Baldridge, Jr. who never came home.

I looked up his name at the Punchbowl Cemetery and at the traveling version of the Vietnam War Memorial. Even my brother remembered his name when he went to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC and took a picture of his name on the wall.

Thank you for your service Captain Baldridge and to his family, I'm sorry for your loss. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.
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POSTED ON 11.20.2013
POSTED BY: JERRY SANDWISCH WOOD CTY.OHIO VIETNAM VET 1969-70 ARMY 173rd ABN

NOT FORGOTTEN

MY POW-MIA FLAG IS DISPLAYED 24-7 IN REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THE LOST WARRIORS!!!!
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POSTED ON 11.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain John Robert Baldridge Jr, 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
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