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Retired US Army First Sergeant, E-8, over twenty years active Federal Service. 3rd RD Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, Infantry; Special Troops, Battalion, 2nd Brigade. Instroctor, Ft. Hood, Texas. Induction, White Sands, New Mexico, He began his basic traiming on August 1952, Camp Rucker, Alabama, with the 136 Infantry Regiment, in AUGUST, 1952 thru - his retirement at FORT HOOD, TEXAS, 31 December 1972. 3 rd Corps, 1 st Cavalry Division, 1 St. Sergeant Adrian Bojescul was then ransferred to the Retired Reserve Corps, (1972 - 1975). RETIRED ON 31 DECEMBER 1975. Three tours of duty: One, in Korea. Two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, Vietnam, suviving the "TET OFFENSIVE 1968-1969. ALSO, BEING SHOT DOWN WHILE BEING FERRIED VIA H-1- HUEY - HELICOPTER, TO COMBAT ZONE. 1970-1971..
First Sergeant Bojescul who served in Southeast Asia, Vietnam, from his 1 ST. tour from 20 th of JUNE 1968 - 20 th of JUNE 1969 and from DECEMBER 1970 - NOVEMBER 1971.
During his first tour of duty with the 716 th MP, Battalion, unit, as a Platoon Sergeant, First Class, E-7, he survived the "Tet Offensive," when the North Vietnamese attacked several cities and military posts all across the southern border during the Country's Vietnamese's Holiday. He was then assigned to the 101 Air Cavalry Division,1 ST Bn., 327 Infantry Regiment, as a Platoon Sergeant and Operations NCO, were he THEN After his tour was completed. Sergeant FIRST CLASS Bojescul returned to the U.S.and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, at the end of June, first of July 1969, he had PCS'ed back to the United States of America, Adrian was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 1 ST. Air Cavalry Division, Infantry, July 1969. HHC 2 ND Bn. 13 TH ARM 1 ST. AD , FORT HOOD, TX. 1969., Co. B., 2 nd. Bn. 46 inf., 1 AD. FORT Hood, TX. Co B, 1 ST. Bn. 41 INF. 2 ARMORED DIVISION. FT.HOOD, TX. HED WAS AWARDED THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL, FOR;
MERITORIOUS SERVICE FROM 10 DECEMBER 1969 THRU 31 OCTOBER 1970, ON THE 9 TH DAY OF 1970, FOR RENDERED EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHILE ASSIGNED TO COMPANY B, 1st BATTALION, 41st. INFANTRY, 2 nd ARMORED DIVISION. FROM 10 DECEMBER THRU 31 OCTOBER 1970. WHILE SERVING AS A PLATOON SERGEANT, WEAPONS PLATOON, HE EXCELLED IN EVERY ASPECT OF HIS MISSION. DURING HIS TENURE WITH THE COMPANY, SERGEANT BOJESCUL LED THE WEAPONS PLATOON TO THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF NUMEROUS TACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS AND FIELD EXERCISES. IN MARCH 1970, THE PLATOON REPRESENTED THE COMPANY IN A DEMONSTRATION IN FIRE DIRECTION CONTROL AND MOTOR FIRING IN TECHNIQUES FOR A MEXICAN MILITARY DELEGATION.COMPLETION.
During his second tour, (2 ND), OCTOBER 1970 - November 1971, he was with the 3rd Corps, 1st Cavalry, Division, Infantry, PLATOON SERGEANT AND OPERATIONS SERGEANT FOR THESE UNITS; HHC 3 rd 506 INF. (ambi) 101 Airborne Division, USARPAC VIETNAM. 25 TH ADMIN Co.25 INF. DIV.USARPAC VIETNAM. Master Sergeant, E-8). HE WAS PROMOTED TO FIRST SERGEANT, E-8.
01 ST. Sergeant Bojescul"s Helecopter that he was in was shot down, by the enemy, in a H-1 Huey, he was in. The Huey crash landed. Sergeant Bojescul sprang into action and saved many lives from the crash, by pulling crew and fellow soliders from the crashed Huey to safty. Then he repelled the enemy forces by returning fire, with his M-16, rifle, radioing for air - support and evacuating, using a hand held radio,tending the wounded until the wounded could be transported via medivac from a "Hot L-Z" and also directed counter offensive that repelled the enemy forces that were overwhelming numerious numbers. Without reguards for his own safety, under constant fire, he remain steady and fast performing admimerabibaly as the enemy forces retreated, by returning fire with his M-16. . FOR those brave actions under fire he was (AWARDED A BRONZE STAR MEDAL, V - FOR VALOR, FOR HEROISM, THIS WAS HIS SECOND AWARD, (BRONZE STAR FOR VALOR, HERORISM, (2nd - OAK - LEAF CLUSTERS), FOR HIS ACTIONS, SAVING LIVES, PERSONNEL, REPEL ENEMY TROOPS, (NVA), IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, VIETNAM. ( A H-1-HUEY IN WHICH HE WAS BE TRANSPORTED IN, WAS SHOT DOWN AND CRASH LANDED.1 st. SG. A. "BO" BOJESCUL SPRANG INTO ACTION, SAVING LIVES FROM THE CRASH, RETURNING FIRE WITH HIS M-16, WHILE TAKING FIRE FROM THE ENEMY) ALSO, RADIOING, VIA MEDIVAC TO EVACUATE THE WOUNDED AND FOR REPELLING THE NVA, BY COUNTING FIRE AND CALLING IN FOR AIR SUPPORT, NOT REGARDS FOR HIS OWN SAFETY OR HIS PERSON, 1 ST SERGEANT BOJESCUL IRREGARDLESS OF THE ENEMY'S INCOMING THREATS OR FIRE POWER, OR ADVANCEMENTS, HE CONTINUED SMALL ARMS FIRE, VIA M-16, REMAINING STEADY AND FAST PERFORMING ADMIRABLY AS THE ENEMY FORCES RETREATED AND AS THEY SUFFERED MANY, MANY, LOSSES. CONTINUNING FIRE AND RADIO - CONSTANT TRANSMISSION WITH THE INCOMMING HUEY'S!! THIS HEROIC ACTIONS WITH THE SOUNDS OF THE FAST INCOMING HUEY'S, GUNSHIPS AND MEDIVACKS ALSO, ARRIVING. ALSO, SERGEANT BOJESCUL LAYED SMOKE ON THE GROUND, ALSO GIVING THE PROTECTIVE FIRE AND NOT GIVING UP HIS GROUND UNTIL ALL WAS ABOARD AND HE WAS ORDERED TO LEAVE WAS 1 ST. SERGEANT BOJESCUL BOOTS OFF THE GROUND STILL COVERING THE HUEY WITH HIS M-16 AS THE HUEY'S BEGAN IT 'S LIFT OFF THE HOT - LZ, WITH ALL THE WOUNDED AND (KIA), KILLED US SERVICE MEN. (FOR THAT FATEFUL DAY) 1 st SERGEANT BOJESCUL WAS AWARDED, "THE, Army Commendation Medal, for Herorism, "Valor". 2 nd Aword He was also awarded a second (2nd), Combat Infantry Badge, Second Award, He demonstrated a complete disregard for his own safety and life and saved countless lives. stopping the advancement of enemy troops, while multitasking a multitude of heroric feats, under constant enemy fire and attack. His courage was that of a proud member of the United States Army, the pride member of the Infantry Combat Soilder.
After his experience in the Southeast Asian conflict, he continued to suffer from "jungle rot" and experienced many other ailments, to include, 'POST TERMATIC STRESS DISODER" due to his combat and experiences he had encountered and the effects of Agent Orange. Finally, he was Approved, his much deserved, Veteran's Disability Retirement Disability", many many years later. (30 years to the day).
Adrian's AWARDS, his second Bronze Star for Valor, also for Heriorism, his second Army Commendataion Medal for Valor, Heriorism, and a second, Combat Infantry Man's Badge, (2 nd award), for his HERIOISM, were what he he received during his 1 ST., (FIRST) tour in Vietnam, 20TH MAY 1968-thru 20 TH OF June 1969 involved in the tail end of the, Vitenamise Holiday; "TET" OFFENSIVE" which continued accross most of Southeast Asia, Vietnam thru 1968 and part of 1969.
ADRIAN WAS ALSO AWARDED; THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, (2 nd AWARD), THE VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL, (2nd AWARD), VIETNAM GALLENTRY CROSS with PALM, MEDAL, (2 nd AWARD), NDSM, 3 rd AWARD, IN ADDITION TO THE AWARDS PREVIOUSELY LISTED. HIS fellow soilder's AND HIS SUPERIORS thought he should have gotten higher awards, however, a third award for a "SILIVER STAR", was lost in the "paper work shuffel, in channels!!! "My uncles' wishes were not to pursew the the paperwork snafoo"!! (due to the heavy losses & combat he saw).
He attended vocational school learning refrigeration and heating and earning an associate's degree, worked for a period of years in that field. After being injured in a fall through an old building's roof, he changed careers to work at the City Public Services Utilities (CPS) and supervised a security copound with patrols and personnel. As a security supervising officer, (ARMED), he monitored computer surveillence for the site, without any failures or Breaches of Security, ALARMS, FALSE ENTRYS OR ANY type of DEVATAIONS. .
Bojescul retired after fifteen years at this CPS, site. He worked regular and overtime shifts, accepting evening, graveyard, weekend, and holiday work. His sister, Mary Sieren and nephew, John Sieren, would take his wife, Miyuki Shiraza, many times to bring him dinner as he worked two shifts in a row. At that time, their were limited, (take out), or fast food places open, during those years. the round trip to the site was approximately fourty, (40) miles.
Between 1967 and 2003 he lived with his family in Valley High, San Antonio, Texas, were he purchased his first home in 1968, before he went to Vietnam. He enjoyed retirement, from the military from 31 December 1972, sebsequently from CPS some fifteen years later, approxmately 1988, too. Adrian and his wife travelling and visiting his children and numerous grandchildren. He attended his nephew, John G 's graduation from West Point and attended his niece, Mary's wedding in Boerne, Texas and his other nieses's Evelyn's wedding in Roseville, California. He worked with his son-in-law, Tim, on home projects back in Texas and were good buddies.
He dearly loved his sister, Mary Bojescul - Sieren - Kreis and would visit her and her family in California. As usual, when he visited folks, he would fix anything that needed fixin' and help in any way he could.
He enjoyed going to Boerne, Texas, and enjoying the company of his brother, Silvius Bojescul and they often did home improvement on each other's homes. He especially loved the cooking of his sister and sister-in-law (Hildegunde). He would smile and tell his nephew, "BIG JOHN", "Just like mom made". Especially when she would make the European dishes that his mom and sister, Mary made when they grew up with and both he and his nephew, Big John loved. (PROGRAN). OR SOME REFER TO THEM AS PROGIES.
His nephew, John Sieren, remembers a time after his first tour in Southeast Asia, Vietnam, 1968-69, of finding a deceased cat in his back yard. Uncle Ady asked him to bury the "poor thing," as he was noticeably shaken up and he stated solemnly, "I saw enough death in my lifetime." Bojescul then brought an old blanket in which to wrap the cat and a shovel to dig a hole for the cat's final resting place. Big John stated, "I remember him making the sign of the cross, as I was burring the cat". I could see the pain in his eyes and face as I knew he had seen death to much in war. Even though he never spoke about it, unless he spoke to his brother in law, Bill, about the experiences when he was in WWII AND POST WWII, 1941 THRU 1950.
This tender streak was also extended to not only his family and friends, as well as fellow soldiers, but also to a stray cat. His selfless acts were apparent to everyone he met. His friendship with a fellow soldier, Tom, and many others made an impression on his oldest nephew, John Sieren, whom he affectionately called, Big John.
Caring for two shelter dogs, Beauty and Happy, Bojescul, was never one to stop caring, no matter who, what color what age, male or female. Adrian would always hand a homeless person a few bucks or coins when we were together on erans or our daily outings.
He was beloved by his nephew, Big John, and his brother-in-law, retired Staff Sgt. William (Bill) Sieren. William Sieren died on March 2, 1974. He was happy to meet his brother-in-law, Civillian, McCullen AFB, GS - 855-13, Robert James Kreis. Robert, (Bob), died June 21, 1986, suddenly, from a heart attack, he too was a WWII Veteran, with the U. S. Army Siginal Corps and civilian who worked for the military and who as a Civilian, ATTACHED TO THE U.S. ARMY, A CONTRACTOR, (RCA), (SUPERVISORY, G.M. 855 - 15) BROADCAST, ENGINEER. in Vietnam, 1967-1969. Mr. Kreis had been instrumential in brigining radio and telivision to South-East Asia, Vietnam, DURING THE "TET OFFENSIVE", and was awarded the Psychologicial Medal II from the South - Vietnamiese Government also the Vietnam Service Medal, (Civilian), His nephew-in-law, Henry (Hank) Celli, a retired Correctional Officer, 1995, in California. Hank died Dec. 26, 2001, from cancer, (aspestes), Uncle Ady (Bojescul) had reremembered both of them fondly. He would also talk of the orient with his nephew-in-law, U.S. AIR FORCE, veteran, Staff Sergeant Stephen D. Carlile, who had been A CREWMAN, ABOARD C-47, AIRCRAFT, ABOUT THE SAME TIME, "in Country", the same years the elder Bojescul had been, Vietnam, (1970-1971.).. HE WAS AWARDED THE VSM, V-GALENTRY MEDAL/W-PALM,I-C, VCM, NDSM, AIR FORCE COMMENDATATION MEDAL.
Adrian was always telling the younger nephew that he too when he promoted to Sergeant, had joined the ranks like John's father as well as him. So, John felt accepted by his Uncle even more-so. This unconditional acceptance and love made an impact on Big John, who tried valiantly to emulate his uncle, Adrian Bojescul, a great person, kind hearted and always willing to help his parents, family members and siblings.
Adrian passed away April 24, 2003 and is interred at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery with, "Military Honors". He was 73 years old. He was an excellent friend, confidante, father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle. His family loved and respected him as did his many friends, coworkers, military friends,in-laws, acquaintances, and friends of in- laws .Even Big John's little son, (dog) "TEDDY" would be upset when Adrian would leave because he paid attention to Teddy, playing and petting him, when visiting California. He lived in
San Antonio since 1969 at the same address and his many neighbors were like family members, even newer neighbors were eager to befriend him as they could depend on his watchful eye on their property or their cars parked on the street. Or just a friendly helow, until his death in 2003. Adrian lived thir in the County residence for thirty-four years, (34 YEARS). He was able to leave his wife with; " A Home Paid For, with, Zero Debts and Money in the Bank", his, "True Love", he always would say, to his nephew, Big John.
Adrian passed away from complications of infections, (Jungle Rott), diabetes, congestive heart failure, (AGENT ORANGE). He will be missed, loved, and not forgotten. His nephew, Big John, only hopes to be half as good, as his Uncle Ady was to people and animals. He could go around San Antonio, stores and such and be reconized with greatings with his freindly face with a big smile. Not only did John was like a older son, but a younger brother who they could confind in years later about their experiences, as, "Sergeants". .
Adrian was a friend and helped anyone in need including his siblings, sister Mary and her children, Viola, Evelyn, and John. He was a good father figure for all and a confidante to Big John. He considered his brother-in-law, William John Sieren one of his best friends. He treated his sister's children as if they were his own.He loved his younger brother's children, Mary and John as well.He attended both of their graduatations, from high school, and college, Mary's from Texas A & M, Texas and John's from West Point New York. John then attended the Medical School, upon graduation was commisioned a Captain in the UNITED STATES ARMY, MEDICAL CORPS. HE THEN LATER WAS TRAINED IN THE ARMY;S AIRBORNE, INFANTRY SCHOOL, 10 MOUNTAIN. Division. He stated, I don't know how Uncle Adrian went thru Airborne, Infantry, Ranger, training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in April 1966 thru May 1967, at 39 1/2 years old, it almost killed me at young age of, 27. Uncle Ady LOVED being put in the field running circles around soilders less than one half, 1/2 his age. sometimes he would double time backwards while the other soilders would struggle to keep up.
Adrian's son, JOHN Adrian, graduated from college and was commissioned a second Lieteunent at Fort Lewis, Washington the summer of 1990, and was in the reserves and Texas National Guard fror about eight, (8), years and promoted to Captain, just before his discharge. Currently he is a Principle at one of the largest High Schools in Central San Antonio, Texas. hos othree children, Mary, married and her husband a retired Lt. Col., U. S. Air Force, receiently retired from the civil service and his wife travel to viit two 2 of their four children who are married and their grandchildren. Mary and Greg in Washington, D.C. Margie his youngest daughter and Retired Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Raymond Clinger, who reside in Florida with two of their three children, their daughter married, with three children and her husband stationed oversear, U.S. Coast Guard.
His third daughter Mathilda, lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, with her married son and grandchildren, daughter and grandchildren.
Adrian loved fishing, fish fries, stamp and coin collections. Married to Miyuki Shiraza for forty-eight years, he became an American citizen in the Army. He never ever criticized the government or the military, in which he served wtih distinction. He chose to retire in Texas and loved everything about the United States. He flew a American Flag every day and celebreated every American holiday with seal and excitment.
Although he was strict, he always talked lovingly about his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. He enjoyed learning about their accomplishments and was proud of his nine grandchildren. One grandchild (making 10 grandchildren) died shortly after birth.
He enjoyed accopanying his nephew Big John on trips to Fort Hood, Texas, where he remembered his service years and educated Big John about his father's service (William John Sieren). The elder Sieren had also been in the military, WWII, Also, He was in route to help the China fight the Japaniese, when he was with the 34 infantry Division, 168 th Infantry Regiment, 1st. Battalion, Military Police, 1942 - 1945, "CHINA DEFENSE.", against the Japanese,who were invading China. (Dispute over Oil). ALSO, TECH.-5th Grade. , NORTHERN IRELAND, 1941-1945, also, The European Operations Command' USAREUR, 350 th Infantry Regiment, 524 th MP Bn., 68 th MP., Rifle Co."D"., 1945-1950, European Combat and Occupation Forces; throughout Europe, Le Haven France, thru Germany, Salsburg and finally Camp McCauley, Austria. He also was on alert for Korea, 1950-54, when he was with the 7 th Army, 647 Enginnering Brigade, 47 Enginnering Bn., Fort Riley, Kansas. Also Staff Sergeant Sieren was on active duty during the Vietnam War, During 1955 -1958, he was with the 4 th Army, Ft. Chafee Arkansaw, SSG., And in 1959 -1962 when he was An Assistant to the Co's 1st Sgt. with the 3 RD Corps, 2 ND, Armored Division, 2 Brigade, 502 Ad, Co, Fort Hood, Texas, also, he was on Active Duty during the Cold War, 1941-1962, He retired on 01 April 1962, from the 3 RD CORPS, 2 ND ARMORED DIVISION, 2 ND BRIGADE, 502 ND. ADMIN. Co's, ASSISTANT TO THE COMPANY'S 1 ST. SERGEANT. ALSO, RETIRED FROM THE RETIRED RESERVES, EIGHT CORPS, (8 TH ). STAFF SERGEANT E-6 ON 01 SEPTEMBER 1965. Additionally he served with the Arsenal, at Redriver Army Depot, Texarcana, Texas, for one year, (1) and six, (6) MONTHS.
Unfortinutly, the commanding officer's efforts to try to promote Staff Sergeant Sieren to Sergeant First Class, E-6, LATER, E-7, were to few and far between to due manditury retiremory age, of 60. Sergeant Sieren couldn't stay in longer then April 1962. however, he had reached that age in January 16 th of that year and was also 90 days passed that date. The POST'S Commanding Officer did award the, " Army Commendation Medal", "For Meritorious Service" from March 30, 1959 thru March 30 1962. for his outstanding work at the post for three years while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, as the asssistant to the First Sergeant. He exceeded all expectations of the retrofit of the DOD's orders from Command that he met and or exceeded the parameters of the Armys regulations in a timely manor. STAFF SERGEANT SIEREN RETIRED FROM THE RETIRED RESERVES 01 SEPTEMBER E-6, AFTER SERVING THREE YEARS SIX MONTHS RETIRED RESERVE.