John Alfonso
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
New Brunswick, New Jersey
September 22, 1946 to July 19, 1967
JOHN ALFONSO is on the Wall at Panel 23E, Line 93

Combat Action Ribbon
John Alfonso
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8 Feb 2002

May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, love and preserve your name.

Miss you.
Wife, son, and grandchildren.


Notes from The Virtual Wall

The following is exerpted from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial site:

John Alfonso was born on September 22, 1946. He entered the US Marine Corps from New Brunswick, NJ and attained the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL).

Alfonso was killed in action on July 19, 1967. He is buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in New Brunswick, NJ. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and a son, John, Jr.

Alfonso was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.

The New Jersey Memorial consists of one panel for each day of the year, with the names of those who died engraved upon the appropriate panel. The panel for 19 July contains the names of five men:

  • 1966 - Cpl James Beschen, Wildwood, NJ, 3/9th Marines
  • 1966 - Pfc Sim H. Riggins, Newark, NJ, Hotel 2/4 Marines
  • 1966 - PFC Stephen A. Zukov, Carteret, NJ, A/2/503rd Infantry
  • 1967 - LCpl John Alfonso, New Brunswick, NJ, A/3rd MT Bn, USMC
  • 1969 - SSG John G. Gertsch, Russell, PA, E/1/327th Infantry (MoH)
Although the first three men died on the same day, they were involved in different actions. The fifth man, Staff Sergeant John Gertsch, listed his Home of Record as Russell, Pennsylvania, but he was born in Jersey City. One can do no wrong by including a Medal of Honor recipient.

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