John Harvey Hoeffs

Specialist Four
Army Of The United States
25 February 1946 - 28 November 1966
Oceanside, CA
Panel 12E Line 127


Soldier's Medal

Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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I remember the good times, I remember the bad.
Good makes me happy and the bad make me sad.
In 1965 America called on us again
To defend her and Honor Her and our Kin.
So off to Vietnam and war we went in 1966,
Humping the boonies and Flying in Huey Slicks.
We fought for our Country, our Honor and died
In jungles, rice paddies and mountain side.
We fought and died bravely not thinking of it twice,
Support from our familes and America would have been nice.
Ridiculed and sworn at spit upon and more -
If we had not done it, who would have fought the war?
Trying to save a foreign nation in time of strife,
We were willing to fight and give our life.
A nation ungrateful for almost 30 years
To this infantryman's soul it brings a tear.
Never shirked our duty, held our heads high with pride,
Holding our brothers and watching them die.
Looking at all the names on this Wall of Stone
Waiting for America to say "Thank you and welcome home!"

Johnathan Lee Nelson

John Nelson
A 1/8 4ID Vietnam 1966 1967

On November 28, 1966, SP4 John H. Hoeffs was swimming with members of his unit about 10 miles north of the city of Tuy Hoa in Phy Yen Province, South Vietnam, when a large wave came in and swept several individuals out to sea.

All the individuals were able to get back to shore except for SP4 Hoeffs. A helicopter was used to search off shore and along the shoreline for him but he was not found. His remains have not been recovered.

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John Nelson 
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)