John Gregory Strachota

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
23 September 1949 - 13 November 1970
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Gregory Strachota

14 May 2007


How many times I think of you as the years pass. My brother, the quiet young man shooting baskets on the driveway, the guy who helped mom paint the stairway, the chemist in the basement mixing chemicals to make ink for our fountain pens, the soldier heading off to a war I never really believed would take his life.

In some ways I hardly knew you, and in other ways you are such an intimate part of my life. I miss you; I miss the brother I never really got to know.

May peace be yours.

Love, Terese

From his sister,
Terese Bekkum

The photo is actually a scan of a button
a family friend had made when John was killed.
21 Aug 2007

As your "baby" sister, I always felt special about that. You did so many things for me, including buying me that cool 5-speed bike when you were in Viet Nam, sending the money to mom. I was the lucky one in the family to not have a hand-me-down bike. I really wish I could know you now, our family gatherings are so special but we miss you! So much to say, but I don't think there would ever be enough time or space for it all. Suffice to say I love you and think of you often! Amy

Amy Strachota Haas

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009