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 10.25.2001
POSTED BY: Monica Wormington

I wore Capt. Baldridge's bracelet

I just tried to email Jennifer and hope she received my message. I also wore John's bracelet for three years when I was in junior high. Although I only knew him as "Capt. John Baldridge, Jr. 11-20-69", please know that his life has impacted mine and he continues to live in my heart and memory. In 1986 I "visited" Capt. Baldridge at the Wall in Washington, D.C. and was able to find an address for his mother, Sara. I wrote to her and she was gracious enough to write me a lengthy letter about her son "Butch" and included a photo of him leading cadets! I sent Mrs. Baldridge my bracelet and the wall rubbing of his name, and my hope is that Jennifer is now in possession of it. Please know that Capt. Baldridge's memory continues to live, even in the hearts of those who barely knew him.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2000
POSTED BY: Dianne Mason

He will always live within those who knew him.

I am so moved to see remembrances from people who knew Butch. We were high school sweethearts and married when he finished college. To Mike and Rich, I say thank you for remembering him with such kind words. It has been a long time but in a sense it seems like just yesterday. I still miss him although I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man. In fact it was my husband who directed me to this web site. To Cheryl who wore his POW/MIA bracelet, I would like to put you in contact with my daughter. She was born 5 months after he was shot down and is now 30 years old, living in south Louisiana. Thank you all for sharing your feelings. It provides great comfort to know that memories of Butch are still alive.


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POSTED ON 3.27.2000
POSTED BY: Rich Engel, Major General USAF

A Remembrance

Like Mike, I too remember Butch from days at Texas A&M. We worked together a lot in the Corps of Cadets. He was a class act. I have a picture at my parents home in California of several of us in Ross Volunteer uniforms before some formal function. Every time I look at that picture, I think about Butch, his commitment to the Cadet Corps and his nation. Cheryl, appreciate your notes also, and thanks for wearing his bracelet.
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POSTED ON 1.28.2000
POSTED BY: Michael R. Beggs

My Friend Butch

John R. "Butch" Baldridge was one of my best friends and a classmate at Texas A&M. We were in the same cadet unit at A&M, and I came to know and respect Butch as a fine man all around. Although Butch was well known on campus and held several leadership positions within campus organizations, he was never too busy or important to have a friendly word for others. He served as an example of what a man should be. He married after graduation, and his daughter was born after Butch went to Vietnam, as I recall. I took a commission as a Marine Corps infantry officer, while Butch became an Air Force pilot. He loved to fly, and he died at the controls of an observation aircraft when he was shot down. I think of him often; I see that old Baldridge smile in my mind every time I think of him. I miss him a lot.
To Cheryl, who left the first remembrance, contact me if you want to know more about the man whose MIA bracelet you wore; knowing him was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Michael R. (Mike) Beggs
Texas A&M Class of '68
Captain, USMC (Retired)
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POSTED ON 9.15.1999
POSTED BY: Cheryl

I wore a POW/MIA bracelet with your name

27 years ago, when I was in High School, I wore a POW/MIA bracelet with the name Capt. John Baldridge Jr. and the date 11-20-69. Today, 9-14-99, my mother sent me that bracelet. When I was 15 years old, I did not know much about the Vietnam War, however, I felt a bond with this man who gave his life for my freedom. Now, almost 30 years later, I once again feel a bond with this man, and thank God for him and others like him who served our country and gave their lives for my freedom and the freedom of my children. My hope is to find members of Capt. Baldridge's family, so that I may send them my POW/MIA bracelet. God Bless You.
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