Gerald Jay Dowjotas
Army of the United States
Downers Grove, Illinois
July 16, 1949 to June 28, 1971
GERALD J DOWJOTAS is on the Wall at Panel W3, Line 92

Gerald J Dowjotas
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27 Nov 2002

For My Uncle Jerry

Although it's been a long time and I never got a chance to get to know you really well, you have never been forgotten. I remember you when I was a very young girl and you came home on a short leave from service to marry my Aunt Janine. I was so excited. But then it came to be, 19 days left before you were to come back home for good, you were killed. Through the years I have heard the same story over again on how you threw your body on your commander in order to help him dodge a shell coming his way. I'm sure you thought that you would get out of the way in time yourself. But that is the kind of man that I do remember when I think of you. You are kind, selfless, gentle, strong and above all, brave. Yes, my aunt received many medals on your behalf, but nothing could take the place of you in life.

Thank you so much for your service for our country. You will always have a place in my heart. God Bless You, and may you continue to rest in peace. You will always be my HERO.

From his niece,
Shawnna Carlson


28 Aug 2007

Although I only knew you briefly, the hearts that were broken when you gave your life to our Country prove that you were an exceptional soldier. I was almost drafted myself, but it ended shortly after your passing, and I continued on to college, then my career.

I retired after serving my country for 35 years as a municipal law enforcement officer. I am now in my new life, with a new bride, family, of my own, plus my new wife's, and a new career.

I was friends with your sister Diane, and after high school we went our separate ways.

The very best to the entire Dowjotas family, all the friends and relatives, of Jerry, we have you in our hearts.

From a friend of his sister,
Will Sperling
P O Box 40, Westmont, Il 60559-0040


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 28 June 1971 C Company, 2/8th Cavalry, lost three men in an engagement 15 kilometers east-southeast of the Gia Ray airfield:
  • SSG Willie James, Mobile, AL;
  • SGT Gerald J. Dowjotas, Downers Grove, IL; and
  • CPL Bernard F. Brzezinski, Clearwater, FL.

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