John Edward West Jr

Military Data
MOS 2531 Field Radio Operator
Length Service 01
Unit H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MAF

Casualty Data
Start Tour 15 December 1968
Incident Date 13 February 1969
Casualty Date 13 February 1969
Age at Loss 20
Location , South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Multiple fragmentation wounds

On the Vietnam wall Panel 32W Line 030

Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Z, R3 G16

The Johnson City Press, 18 February 1969
Lance Cpl. John E. West Jr., Beckley, W.Va., a former Johnson Citian, died at Landing Zone, Dand Grift, Vietnam, last Thursday as a result of enemy action. He was a member of the Marine Corps and reportedly had been in Vietnam less then a month. A 1967 graduate of Science Hill High School, West attended Steed College here part of the same year. A Science Hill he was a member of the ROTC drill team, manager of the base ball team, a member of the SHHS baseball club and a member of the Boys’ Choir. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and of the Order of DeMolay. He attended the rank of Eagle Scout (with one palm), as a member of Boy Scout Troop 38.
He was a son of Dr. and Mrs. John E. West, 1516 Dry Hill Road, Beckley. Dr. West was a member of the Veterans Administration medical staff here for 10 years before being transferred to the Beckley facility on July 15, 1967. Other survivors include two brothers, Terry and David, and a sister, Jo Ann, Beckley; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Gordon West, Memphis; the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Esther Sullivan, Memphis.

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 27 October 1948
  • Date of death: 13 February 1969
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIV, Middle Panel
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