John Robert Pierini

Private First Class
Army of the United States
19 August 1944 - 05 April 1968
East Ely, Nevada
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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19 May 2006

My name is Carlos Labastida and I live in Tempe, Arizona. I was assigned to 2nd Plt Bravo Co as a rifleman and also radio operator. I fought in the battle on April 5, 1968. The battle started at about 3 in the afternoon, and we did not break contact with the enemy till about 3 or 4 in the morning. We came up on an ambush in which resulted in many killed and wounded. I was with one of the eleven men, his name was John R. Pierini, a machine gunner for his squad. I noticed that he was wounded so I went foward under enemy fire and dragged him back to my position. I treated him the best I could, then went back out and got his machine gun so we could use it for support. A short time later Pierini died in my arms. I received a Bronze Star for valor but would gladly give it back if it could bring him back. I relive April 5 in my mind day after day. I would like to get in contact with the family of John R. Pierini ... if anybody can help me please e-mail me.

From a comrade-in-arms,
Carlos Labastida
2410 East McArthur, Tempe, Arizona 85281

A Note from The Virtual Wall

PFC John Pierini was one of eleven men killed in action on 05 April 1968 while Alpha and Bravo Companies, 4/47th Infantry, were operating in the Truc Giang District of Kien Hoa Province, a traditional haven for the Viet Cong. The US dead were
  • A Company:
    • SSG Ernest A. Lang, Jacksonville, FL
    • SGT Cecil R. Hobbs, Wyandotte, MI
    • SGT Bruce Tortorici, Van Nuys, CA
    • CPL Carl E. Hosnander, Holden, MA
    • CPL Norman E. Small, Alden, KS
    • PFC Douglas D. McMahon, Sherman Oaks, CA

  • B Company:
    • SSG Fred Young, Greensboro, NC
    • SGT Vance A. Berry, Amarillo, TX
    • SP4 Roger E. Ward, Spring Lake, MI
    • PFC Douglas G. Bailey, Rutherfordton, NC
    • PFC John R. Pierini, East Ely, NV

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 May 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009