John Wilbur Saunders, Jr

Private First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 26TH INFANTRY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
05 December 1947 - 24 September 1969
Cortez, Colorado
Panel 17W Line 005

1 INF DIV

26TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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02 Jun 2008

As you can see from the photo Johnny loved his knife and was always fooling around trying to make somebody laugh. John was serving as my point man the day he was killed. His bravery under combat fire was second to no-one's, he was fearless but always with the desire to live. He was always playing practical jokes on the other guys and was as good natured as a man could be. His death was a true loss to our country and I think about him and his sacrifice often. Someone once said about the men who died in combat "that they remain young in our minds as we grow grey", and also that "the good die young." In either case it was men like Johnny that they had in mind. May God Bless and keep his soul.

From a fellow soldier,
Patrick Guy
1108 Saint Charles Avenue, St. Charles, Mo. 63301
pguysmile@aol.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 02 Jun 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009