JOHN H WILKENS
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HONORED ON PANEL 63W, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

JOHN HERMAN WILKENS

WALL NAME

JOHN H WILKENS

PANEL / LINE

63W/1

DATE OF BIRTH

04/21/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/28/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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LEFT FOR JOHN HERMAN WILKENS
POSTED ON 7.29.2016

Final Mission of SSGT John H. Wilkens

SSGT John H. Wilkens, SP4 Dennis R. Mason, and PFC Roy W. Neal were military policemen assigned to A Company, 720th MP Battalion. On Tuesday, May 28, 1968, SP4 Mason was driving an escort gun jeep involved in Operation Overtake on Highway 1-A. PFC Neal was the M-60 machine gunner, and his passenger was SSGT Wilkens, the escort NCOIC. The escort was proceeding towards Saigon on Highway 1-A when at 2250 hours (10:50 PM) it was ambushed in an area nicknamed “Rocket Alley”, located between the Thu Duc Water Plant and the Newport Bridge. The Viet Cong fired two rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s) and small arms fire at the MP gun jeep. One RPG round struck PFC Neal, the other the jeep, causing it to flip over and burst into flame. All three men died in the attack. It was later determined that SSGT Wilkens had managed to empty one magazine from his M-16 rifle at the attackers before succumbing to his wounds. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1968, at 0800 hours, memorial services were held at the 89th MP Group Chapel for SSGT Wilkens, SP4 Mason, PFC Neal, and PFC Daniel J. Flynn, C Company, who was killed in action on May 25th. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and honoredmps.org]
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POSTED ON 2.27.2016

Final Mission of SSGT John H. Wilkens

SSGT John H. Wilkens, SP4 Dennis R. Mason, and PFC Roy W. Neal were military policemen assigned to A Company, 720th MP Battalion. On May 28, 1968, all three were killed in action when their gun jeep was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade while on routine patrol approximately one half-mile north of the Newport Bridge. [458thseatigers.org ]
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POSTED ON 9.20.2014
POSTED BY: Charlie McCarthy

Think of you often

Good friend,great guy,your always in my prayers.Judy
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POSTED ON 2.25.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT John Herman Wilkens, 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 1.19.2011

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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