John Willard Van Sant
From Houston, Texas
Length of Service: 2 years
His tour began on July 24, 1967
A company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Service Occupation: Rifleman
Died at the age of 20 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Cause of Death: Hostile, Ground Casualty, Explosive Device
Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery on March 18, 1968 (Section X, Plot 600)


Photo courtesy; Tom Reese

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 8 February 1948
  • Date of death: 3 March 1968
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Gold Star
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Middle Panel
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