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 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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