John Jacobsen Chubb

Private First Class
Army of the United States
09 December 1950 - 20 March 1971
Gardena, California
Panel 04W Line 060

Silver Star

Army Aircrew

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John J Chubb

The database page for John Jacobsen Chubb

09 Sep 2003


Son, Brother, Uncle
Motorcycles and Cars
Couragous, Brave, Heroic

Forever Young and always in our Hearts

11 Oct 2005

His remains have been found!
He is home at long last.
Rest in peace John.


From his niece,
Heidi Cooper

12 Nov 2004

In the early 70's I was a high school student anxiously observing the Vietnam War. As did many of my classmates I proudly wore a POW/MIA Bracelet.

The name on my bracelet was PFC John Chubb. I wore this for 4 years and wish that I still had it. I remember wondering about John. What was he like? How did he die? How did he feel about the conflict that claimed his life? How did his friends and family deal with the loss?

Over the years I have thought about him often. Still wondering.

Recently I typed his name into a search engine and was directed to this site. I am thankful that I was finally able to learn a little bit about this man.

Rest Well, John. You Have Earned It.

Henry R. Jordan

5 Apr 2005

We would like to say we are proud of this gentleman - he has the same first and last name as my father. We are from the United Kingdom.

Sarah-Jane Chubb

14 Feb 2006

I too wore a POW/MIA bracelet during my high school years in the early 70's. My bracelet bears John's name. Once I stopped wearing the bracelet I placed it in my scrapbook. I have made numerous attempts to return the bracelet to his family members over the years without success.

I have often wondered about John through the years. What did he look like? What was he like? What did he enjoy? What was his family like? Did he have brothers and sisters? Many many questions over the years.

God bless our soldiers and their families, for they have all made many sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. My son-in-law is in the USAF. May God bless the Chubb family.

Tammy from Texas

Tammy Strunk

14 Feb 2006

John will be back in California on the 15th, burial to be the 18th.
This is a joyous time but also very sad, for John was a soldier and will be forever young.

From his sister-in-law,
Carolee Chubb

15 Feb 2006

The last time I talked with John he was riding his motorcycle up and down Broadway Street near Gardena Boulevard. He was home on leave visiting his family. Of all the years I'd known him he seemed to be most at ease.

I tried to read the book "Where They Lay" but it jumps around too much for me. The description of John is close. The part where he is was labeled a dummy and laughed at I can't see. John was too well liked and one of the guys you did not mess with. Dyslexic was not a word when we were in school. We all had issues. John had a good sense of humor and may have not been understood.

I have many memories of John at Gardena Elementary and in the Cub Scouts - my Mother was the den Mother. John and I found ourselves in trouble more than once.

John was the guy you wanted if you needed back-up. Once some low lifes hit my car with a screwdriver and I chased them down. They got out of their car and when I jumped out of mine there's John standing there. The bad guys jumped back in their car and split. I asked him where he came from - he just said "I saw you chasing them so I was chasing you". I know I can always call him a friend.

There were a lot of guys from Gardena who went to Vietnam to fulfill their duty to their country. Some came back whole, some in part, in a box, or not at all. It's great to know that John is finally home. I think of him often. He went down on my oldest daughter's first birthday.

Ron Erwin

28 May 2007

Gone but not forgotten.
Memorial Day 2007
Your friend,
Ron Erwin

Ron Erwin
Garden Grove, California
16 Feb 2006

The crash site in Laos has been found, along with remains of John and the other three crewmembers. John will be buried in Inglewood, California on February 18th, 2006. The others will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on April 12, 2006, in a ceremony in which all four will be honored. Thank you to all who made this possible.

Welcome Home!

From a comrade,
Joe Kline
6420 Hastings Place, Gilroy, Ca 95020

26 Feb 2006

John was a special friend.
I am happy you are finally home.

From a friend,
Regina Nelson Mascho

01 Feb 2007

Hello. I am Jacque P. I recently went on a field trip with my grade to Washington, D.C. in December, and there, we saw... (dun dun dun!) the Wall. I had a printout of this site, randomly given to each of us. I found John, and did a crayon rubbing of him. I always wondered about him, his family, and his friends. Finally I came here. Below, I made a special poem. I hope his friends, relatives, and kids like me, like it. I got an A+ on it. I shall be entering it in a poetry contest... let's cross our fingers.

God bless you, John
May you be at peace.

My Soldier
By Jacque P.

I walk down the black rows.
Deeper into the dark abyss.

It rises.
The Wall.

Panic floods me like heavy rain
Around, other kids jam their flags in between the cracks.
I look at my list, and walk down some more.

My friend shouts and points.
I hurry to her side.

And then I see it.
His name.
John Jacobsen Chubb
My soldier.

Tears well up in my eyes,
as I look at the handsome smiling 20-year-old
in the picture.

I respectfully place the flag.
The American flag.
In the wedge
next to his name.

I put the paper in front of his name.
His grave.
And rub a black crayon over it.

My class is leaving now
But I do not wish to leave
I place my hand over his name,
Close my eyes,
And whisper a silent prayer.

Sadness chokes my heart
As I look up.

I see a reflection.
But it is not mine.

As I walk away,
I smile.

For a split second there,
I had seen the handsome smiling 20-year-old in the picture,
My soldier.
Looking back at me.

Jacque P.

28 May 2007

I got some old pictures of John when he was younger. Thank you so much, Ron, for them. I can't believe that all these people - just your normal, every-day neighbors and friends - are gone. May they be at Peace.

Oh, and the poem I wrote - "My Soldier" - was chosen among many others in the poetry contest I entered it in. It will be published in the book A Celebration of Young Poets. I hope my poem will inspire others of the horrors and heartbreak of war.

Jacque P.

25 Jan 2007

I also have John's MIA bracelet. I remember as a middle schooler wearing it in awe that someone with a family could put his life on the line for his country for all of us who remain free and safe here in America with a real hope and opportunity for a great life. John is a hero and all these years I have kept the bracelet by my bedside as a reminder to be true and respectful to others in honor to a man that never got a chance to grow old. I always had his family in my heart and have remembered them at holidays and on John's birthday for their loss. He will never be forgotten. Thank you, John, for your service and your dedication. I am glad you are at rest. You are my hero.

Anne Collins
Rochester, NY

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Beginning in January 1971, the South Vietnamese Army initiated a drive to cut NVA communications lines in Laos. The intent was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchepone (Laos) and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while the US Army and Air Force would furnish aviation resources and supporting firepower.

By early February the ARVN began its push into Laos. The NVA reacted fiercely, but the ARVN held its positions, supported by U.S. air strikes and resupply runs by Army helicopters.

A helicopter assault on Tchepone was successful, with the abandoned village seized on March 6. Two weeks of hard combat were necessary for the ARVN task force to fight its way back to Vietnam. Towards the end of the removal, a helicopter from Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion was lost.

Flown by Major Jack L. Barker, the Huey was attempting to land to extract ARVN troops about 20 miles west of Khe Sanh. During the attempt, the aircraft came under enemy fire and was seen to spin, explode and catch fire, then to break up in the air. No signs of survivors were seen. Because of the presence of enemy forces in the area, no subsequent search could be made for survivors.

Four men died when UH-1H 66-16185 went down:

The remains of the four crewmen were repatriated on 05 Dec 2002; the DoD announced identification of the remains on 30 August 2005.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a niece,
Heidi Cooper

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 Sep 2003
Last updated 11/25/2007