JOHN R HORNSBY
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HONORED ON PANEL 30W, LINE 76 OF THE WALL

JOHN R HORNSBY

WALL NAME

JOHN R HORNSBY

PANEL / LINE

30W/76

DATE OF BIRTH

01/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PADUCAH

COUNTY OF RECORD

McCracken County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN R HORNSBY
POSTED ON 2.27.2020
POSTED BY: Tina Cavanaugh

Thank you for your service and sacrifice

Thank you John for your service to our country and for your sacrifice. Although I never got to know you I want you to know that I have the immense pleasure of getting to spend time with your beautiful mother. Miss Ava or as I call her Miss Mel. She has your pictures all over her lovely house and I even hung an American flag from your picture in the dining room. I always try to stop and honor you each time I walk by one. I know you are looking down on her from Heaven. She is one of the most beautiful, sweet, graceful, fun, caring, and generous ladies I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Since I lost my mother to cancer she has been an amazing blessing in my life. I go and see her every Wednesday as if she were my own mother. I am so grateful for her. She has gotten to live a beautiful life and is 91 years old now. She carries you deep in her heart and honors you in all that she does. She stayed friends with your beautiful wife until the day that she passed. And she talks of you when I see her. My son is in the Navy and so being close to her means a lot to me. I can't imagine the pain that she must have felt upon your passing. However through faith and Grace she has stayed the course and is living her life as an amazing amazing person. I just want you to know that you are not forgotten here. And I too will carry you in my heart until my dying days.
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POSTED ON 7.16.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 John Hornsby, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.9.2019
POSTED BY: Rita Casey

Remembered always

Roger sat at my physics lab table at Tilghman. He worked quietly, but encouraged the rest of us when we were stumped with some problem. His sense of humor was understated, and very welcome in that class. Most years when I teach, I see a student who reminds me of Roger, and I love having that visual memory of what a fine person Roger was.
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POSTED ON 1.13.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four John Roger Hornsby, Served with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 8.25.2018

Attack on LZ Grant – March 8, 1969

LZ Grant was an isolated outpost of the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, acting as a tactical control point and logistical supply area for the maneuver elements of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry. Located one kilometer from the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, it was near a trail down which the North Vietnamese Army funneled supplies and personnel to fight in South Vietnam. At half past midnight on March 8, 1969, the North Vietnamese Army struck LZ Grant, announcing the battle when a 122mm rocket with a delay fuse arched across the sky and slammed into the sandbagged command bunker. The big projectile sliced through three layers of sandbags and detonated inside. The battalion operations officer was outside the bunker checking on the readiness of the base defense when the rocket hit. He raced back and found it demolished. When he looked through the smoke and dust, he could see LTC Peter L. Gorvad dead in his chair at the map board. On the east side of the LZ beyond the second or third row of wire, five Americans from D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, comprised a listening post. Situated in a large depression in the ground, 10 to 12 feet in diameter, they held their position when the onslaught began. Just before daylight, they decided to try to make it back to the LZ. They got half way back when they ran into NVA. Outnumbered, PFC Charles D. Snyder and PFC Larry E. Evans were hit with very heavy fire and killed. The other three made a mad dash to the LZ, running in a crouched position and made it. At the entrance of the LZ, enemy Bangalore torpedoes blew a hole in the gate as B-40 rockets screamed in from hidden spots, and mortar fire rained down on the landing zone. The NVA launched a human wave assault, sending masses soldiers through the ruptured gate. Another D Company member, 1LT Grant H. Henjyoji, leaped out of his bunker with a M16 rifle to confront the enemy. He was killed almost instantly. The rifle company that defended the camp fought so well that most of the Claymore mines ringing the camp were not needed and were not fired. Air strikes and Spooky gunships peppered the NVA as they charged, and the camp's defenders lowered their artillery pieces and fired point-blank into the on-rushing enemy. At least six enemy made it through two rings of concertina barbwire to die less than 30 feet from the guns of the Cavalry troopers. None made it through the final defense. At 6:15 AM, the enemy withdrew, leaving behind 157 dead and two prisoners of war. U.S. losses were 14 killed in action and 31 others wounded. The lost Americans included Gorvad, Snyder, Evans, and Henjyoji; also CPT John P. Emrath, 1LT Peter L. Tripp, CPT William R. Black, SGT Walter B. Hoxworth, CPL Vincent F. Guerrero, SP4 John R. Hornsby, SP4 Thomas J. Roach, PFC Glenn R. Stair, Akron, PFC Roy D. Wimmer, and SP4 Gordon C. Murray. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and “GIs Hurl Back Charge by N. Viet Battalion.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, March 10, 1969; “Gentle Warrior.” The Oregonian, May 28, 2000; and information provided by Bob Jones at 12thcav.us]
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