John Richard Gregoire

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
12 June 1946 - 02 April 1967
Wheaton, Illinois
Panel 17E Line 092

Silver Star

Army Aircrew

Bronze Star (Merit), Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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23 Jan 2001

Rick was killed in a helicopter crash. He was my best friend and I missed him dearly after he was gone. I was fortunate enough to be in the rescue helicopter to come to his crew's aid. I was broken-hearted to find out the KIA mentioned on the radio was Rick. I helped load him in the rescue aircraft for his journey to Pleiku and the trip back home. I looked for Rick's parents for years so I could tell them how brave a soldier he was and exactly how he died. I never found them. I have tried to maintain his memory by keeping it alive in my web site and any other place I can. I miss you to this day, Rick. I miss the practical jokes we used to play on each other. I remember the time you got mad at me for putting the snake in your sleeping bag and the time I short-sheeted you. It was always pay-back time for each of us. I missed the reel to reel letters we used to send to your mom and the swapping of the goodies we each got from home. After you died, my personality died with you. I lost my ability to have fun anymore. I sure wish you wouldn't have died. I know it's selfish of me to feel that way but I just missed you so much. You were my best friend and I lost you to that stinking war.

God Bless you, Rick.
I hope you have rested in peace over these years.
Your friend,
Keith (Bo) Bodine

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his best friend,
Keith Bodine

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Jan 2001
Last updated 02/18/2008