JOHN A POLEFKA
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

JOHN ARN POLEFKA

WALL NAME

JOHN A POLEFKA

PANEL / LINE

18W/17

DATE OF BIRTH

01/10/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/31/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PHOENIXVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Chester County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN ARN POLEFKA
POSTED ON 9.7.2018
POSTED BY: Mary DeWitt

From his friends

Phoenixville Classmates Honor Student Killed In Vietnam War - By Justin Heinze, Patch Staff | Jan 12, 2018 9:00 am
One member of the Phoenixville (PA) Area High School class of 1968 didn't make it back from Vietnam. Now his classmates are honoring him in a big way.

Fellow members of the class of 1968 have organized a scholarship drive in the memory of that student, John A. Polefka. The scholarship will benefit graduates of the Phoenixville Area High School class of 2018, organizers said. The scholarship will specifically target those considering the armed forces or law enforcement.

"A group of classmates got together and really wanted to do something special and unique as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations," 1968 Class President Chas Kopp said. "Honoring John and, by extension, all those who have served, seemed like a really fitting thing to do especially as we also wanted to give a 'hand up' to graduating PAHS seniors who, as John did, intend to serve their country."

Polefka grew up in the borough and attended St. Ann's Elementary School before heading to high school. Organizers of the scholarship -his classmates - remember him as "friendly but quiet and shy, keeping mostly to himself."

Polefka did not graduate, but only stayed through 10th grade, leaving to work for the West Company in the borough, according to the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation. Just after his 18th birthday, he joined the U.S. Army. By 1969, Polefka had become a corporal. It was on Aug. 31 of that year that he was killed in a rocket attack near Binh Long, Vietnam.

His name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Panel 18W, Row 17.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship drive, or if you are a student who wishes to apply, call (610) 933-5911, the PAHS Guidance Department, for details.
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POSTED ON 1.10.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal John Arn Polefka, Served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
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POSTED ON 4.30.2014
POSTED BY: Jerry Richmond

We Remember

John was an Infantryman with D CO, 1st BN, 5th Cavalry, 1st CAV DIV. He was killed in Binh Long Province when his observation post came under hostile mortar attack. RIP John, your bravery, courage and dedication to your country will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL John Arn Polefka, 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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POSTED ON 8.21.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

John is buried at St Ann Cemetery, Phoenixville, Chester County, PA.
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