JOHN L HASFORD JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 53W, LINE 27 OF THE WALL

JOHN LAWRENCE HASFORD JR

WALL NAME

JOHN L HASFORD JR

PANEL / LINE

53W/27

DATE OF BIRTH

11/27/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/06/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WILLIAMSTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ingham County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN LAWRENCE HASFORD JR
POSTED ON 10.10.2020

Final Mission of SP5 John L. Hasford Jr.

On July 6, 1968, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Americal Division, an armor unit consisting of tanks and armored personnel carriers, was conducting a sweep of the countryside near the border between Quang Tin and Quang Nam provinces. A M48A3 tank from Third Platoon, call sign A35, a was at the head of the column as was customary, the operating protocol dictating that a 52-ton tank had a better chance for survival if it hit a land mine than a 11-ton scout track. Unfortunately, in this instance, the mine that A35 hit four miles east of Que Son near the hamlet of Chau Lam (2) killed the entire crew. The enormous blast ignited a huge fireball, causing rounds on board to cook off, and spread parts of machine and personnel over a wide area. The lost crewmen included tank commander SSG Elwood L. Houston, gunner SP5 John L. Hasford Jr., driver SP4 Patrick J. Scognamilio, loader SP4 Brandt S. Neubacher, and mechanic SP4 John L. Roberts. Several posthumous promotions occurred in the wake of the incident: Neubacher, Roberts, and Scognamilio were promoted to Sergeant, and Hasford was promoted to Staff Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and hill29.com]
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POSTED ON 4.16.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Ssgt John Hasford,
Thank you for your service as an Armor Crewman with the 1st Cavalry. It is Holy Week. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.17.2016
POSTED BY: Lee Bort

Brother in arms

I should have done this years ago John but it's just been so hard to find the strength to admit that all those images that flash in and out of my mind were indeed very real and it's just possible to lock them out.......I'll always treasure the short 21 months that I knew you and will forever be honored to have been your friend.....It's not humanly possible to ever forget that smile and the twinkle in your eyes.....until we meet again, I love you brother
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POSTED ON 3.1.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT John Lawrence Hasford 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.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 4.29.2011
POSTED BY: Blackhawk Alpha-35 Golf

Sorry John

So sorry I never answered your Mom's letter...I didn't know what to say to her.
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