Jonathan Paul Hash

First Lieutenant
E TRP, 2ND SQDN, 11TH ARMORED CAV, USARV
Army of the United States
31 January 1947 - 12 August 1969
Kokomo, Indiana
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USARV

11 ARM CAV RGT
Armor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jonathan Paul Hash

27 June 2002

Jon and I met as newly-minted 2LTs of Armor at the officer basic course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in June 1968. During the inprocessing we noticed that we shared a common birthday on 31 January. I immediately liked him and I think he liked me, so we kinda ran together as we adjusted to our new life as officers. He was generous and posessed an easy humor. I recall very well his much appreciated asssistance in helping me move out of the BOQ (bachelor officer quarters) into a modest set of base housing quarters as my wife and young daughter came to Fort Knox at the end of our training. In order to purchase minimal furniture for my new quarters, I sold John one of my then most prized possessions ... a model 70 Winchester rifle. I think he liked it, and I felt the rifle had moved to a new good home. Jon and I continued to be friends until he got orders and was off to Vietnam ahead of me. Jon will ever be twenty-two years old in my mind's eye and will ever be with me. He truly was all that was good of us as then-young men, and when it is said that war always takes the best of the nation ... it is said of soldiers and friends like big Jon Hash.

A memorial initiated by a fellow officer,
James F. Meyer
LTC, US Army (Ret)
memjfm1@hotmail.com

06 Aug 2005

My name is Jonathan Daniel Hash. 1Lt Jonathan Paul Hash was my uncle. I never met my uncle, my father was just a young boy at the time of his death, but he always remembered his eldest brother as a hero, and named me in memory of him.

I can only hope that I've lived up to the name given to me in my own tour of service.

I can only pray that I do,
and never forget the sacrifice he made.

From his nephew,
Jonathan Daniel Hash
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29 May 2006

I met Jonathan while in ROTC with him at Indiana University. We hung out together and he was an incredible guy. He always had time for you and always had a smile. I lost track of him upon graduation and about a year later, I was on leave in Indianapolis when I heard his name as a war fatality on WIBC. I had to pull over to the side of the road to collect myself. We all suffered a great loss when he was taken from us.

From a friend,
Thomas Harmening
7111 Sandhills Place, Bradenton Fl 34202
oilcantom@yahoo.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

E Troop, 2/11 ACR, lost four men near Fire Support Base Sidewinder, Binh Long Province, on 12 August 1969:
  • 1LT Jonathan P. Hash, Kokomo, IN
  • SSG Gene R. Koski, Mohawk, MI
  • SGT Don R. Sykes, Durham, NC
  • PFC Samuel A. Papin, Elmira, CA
A fifth soldier, SP4 John C. Sexton, was missing in action. Nothing was known of him for over two years until Sexton was released by his captors and returned to US military control on 08 Oct 1971.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow officer,
James F. Meyer
LTC, US Army (Ret)
memjfm1@hotmail.com



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Jun 2002
Last updated 02/12/2008