John Reyito Serrano

United States Marine Corps
06 January 1949 - 28 July 1968
New York, New York
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Reyito Serrano

5 Dec 2004


We became Brothers the day we met at White Hall Street and took that bus to Parris Island to become Marines! The three of us were inseparable until you guys left for Vietnam. I followed later and kept track of you thru Mom Toro, how I missed you! I didn't know our units were on the same ops until after you were gone!

I received the news of your death with so much hurt and pain, too late to bring you home as we had promised each other! I cried and was so angry that I wasn't allowed into the field for awhile. There isn't a day that I don't think of you and all the things we had planned to do! Your spirit will never die as long as I live, for you live in my heart!

Edward (Eddie) Villegas Jr.
29 Rocking Lane, Palm Coast, Florida 32164

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Kilo Company, 3/7 Marines, lost 19 men on 28 July 1968 when they were engaged by an enemy force while on a sweep through an open rice paddy. The ferocity of the ensuing fight is evidenced by the Medal of Honor and two Silver Stars awarded to men who died:
  • 2ndLt William S. Smoyer, Princeton, NJ
  • SSgt David L. Brooks, Limona, FL
  • HM3 Wayne M. Caron, Middleboro, MA (Medal of Honor)
  • Cpl Edward J. Downs, Washington, DC (Silver Star)
  • Cpl Philip L. Gosselin, Topeka, KS
  • Cpl Daniel E. Lloyd, Astoria, OR
  • Cpl Anthony C. Pino, Elmsford, NY
  • Cpl John R. Serrano, New York, NY (Silver Star)
  • LCpl George S. Johnson, West Covina, CA
  • LCpl Douglas M. Kelly, Dickinson, ND
  • LCpl Robert C. Lee, Shreveport, LA
  • LCpl James C. Markel, Coatesville, PA
  • LCpl Carl R. Miller, Elk City, OK
  • LCpl Raphael J. Rendon, Washburn, IA
  • LCpl Richard E. Urban, Stratford, CT
  • Pfc John M. Lancaster, Louisville, KY
  • Pvt John E. Rice, Fort Smith, AR
  • Pvt John J. Till, Pasco, WA

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