Aguon, Jose Quinata, PSG

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B40, D Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry
Service Years
1951 - 1968

Platoon Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by LTC Roger Gaines (Army Chief Admin) to remember Aguon, Jose Quinata, PSG.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Umatac, Guam
Last Address
Umatac, Guam

Casualty Date
Jun 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Umatac Cemetery - Umatac, Guam
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61W 009

 Official Badges 

Drill Sergeant Badge Infantry Shoulder Cord Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)4th Battalion, 12th Infantry
  1967-1968, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1967-1968, 11B40, D Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service Number 10105855
SFC Aguon was my drill sergeant in platoon C-4-3 starting in February 1967 at Fort Ord, CA. He was a extremely tough little Guamanian, while I was the least likely person in the world to be in the Army. Sgt. Aguon taught me many things that up until that time I did not know. I learned how to shine shoes, iron clothes, the importance of personal hygeine, haircuts. I understood engineering formulas and mathematics. However, I knew very little about practical things, such as being decent to my fellow man or loyalty to a group. During basic training Sgt. Aguon taught me many things that I use to this very day. I still use techniques of self restraint, concern for a modicum of personal fitness, and integrity to a group.

I hated the Army and I did not approve of the war. Nevertheless, I related well with Sgt. Aguon. I really believe that if it were not for him, I would have deserted and gone to Canada. Like me, Sgt Aguon was a Catholic, and I related well with him on those points of faith. Basic training was hard for me, but he gave me encouragement to get through it. He also gave me more than one swift kick in the rear! He helped me build confidence in myself. I needed extra coaching on the rifle range because I hated firearms. He gave it to me. I ended the training cycle as being the "most improved" marksman and qualified as "EXPERT" with my M-14, where several weeks before I was the worst bolo in the platoon. Before his intervention,I wasn't even coming close to the targets. Years ago,

I was in Washington, D.C., where I saw his name on "The Wall." When I saw this site, I saw that he had no remembrances. Feb. 1967 was a long time ago, and I still remember Sgt Aguon very well. That is precisely the reason why I posted this remembrance. A man as fine as he was should be remembered. If any members of the Wall Community know about how he died, I would like to hear from you regarding that. He was a very noble man. 
James B. D'Arcy, He was my drill sergeant


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