Johnny Juergen JunkinsCorporal
B CO, 1ST AMTRACS, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
13 July 1947 - 08 March 1968
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My Johnny was a wonderful young man, full of life, ambition and plans.
We were married for 1 1/2 years before his death in Vietnam (Quang Tri River) on 3/8/68.
Many, many years have passed, but I still see his smile, still hear his laugh and still miss him terribly.
His memory is still an incredible influence on my life.
A memorial initiated by his wife,
Johnny was my cousin, and was named after me. He was five years my junior, and was the only child of my Uncle William and Aunt Hilda. He was widely viewed as "my clone" except better looking. He was full of energy, a bit cocky, and loved dearly by his family and most who knew him. I was studing at UCLA while he was training at Pendleton. We spent many weekends with him and his young bride Theresa during the two years just prior to him being sent to Viet Nam.
His death was a thunderbolt to the heart. It did not seem possible and I still feel the guilt that he seemed to have died in my place. Johnny, you fought and died for your country. Your memory lives on - even now - 35 years and counting. Rest In Peace.
With love from your cousin
I did not know him, but I was in the Corps in DaNang in the earlier days, during Operation Shufly. My name is the same - Johnny Frank Junkins. I just want to pay tribute.
Johnny Frank Junkins
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion lost three men when an LVTP-5 tractor struck a mine in the Cua Viet River, Quang Tri Province:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Feb 1999
Last updated 11/13/2010