Barovetto, John Lawrence, CPT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
1204-Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1204, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1964 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Davis, CA
Last Address
Davis, CA

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Davis Cemetery - Davis, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33E 063

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
3/4 Cav AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]1
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Tributes from Members  
Tribtes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
Notes and Sources posted by CA Short, Diane 829  
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 Ribbon Bar

Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
1st Armored Division23rd Infantry Division (Americal)2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 1620, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1965-1966, 1620, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1965-1966, 1620, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 1204, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1967, 1204, 1st Armored Division
  1967-1967, 1204, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1967-1968, 1204, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1967-1968, HHC, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
  1967-1968, 1204, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1968, 1204, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Birmingham
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Fresno
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Allegheny
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Attleboro
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Junction City
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, DavisUniversity of California, Berkeley
  1956-1958, University of California, Davis
  1959-1964, University of California, Berkeley
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

19 April 2004
Regarding Capt. John Barovetto:

I first met Capt. John while stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii with the 3/4 Cav. (attached to the 25th Inf. Division).  He was a 1st Lt. at the time in A-Troop.  I was a Sp4 Radio Operator and APC-TC in Headquarters Troop.

At Schofield, I remember John as a friendly guy who did not strike you as an Officer but more as one of the guys.  The guys in A-Troop really liked him.  He and I were both from California and that common ground helped break the ice in our few conversations.

We all shipped out for Vietnam in Jan. 1966.  First, A-Troop shipped to Okinawa then an LTS across the South China Sea and up the Saigon River to Saigon.  We eventually helped establish the 25th Division at Cu Chi.

Soon after our arrival in country a ragtag group of enlisted men were scrounged from various Troops (companies) and assigned the task of building sandbag bunkers along the perimeter gaurded by the Cav.  I was volunteered for this detail.

The first Officer assigned to head up this bunch was a dismal leader.  He was mostly interested in staying cool and clean and his inability to connect with the troops worked against him.  We were working on ground that had previously been a peanut plantation.  The Engineers had bladed it, completly stripped it of all vegetation and turned it into a hot, dust bowl environment.  The VC would periodically launch a few rounds our way from the nearest tree line.  We all wished we were somewhere else.  Our gentleman Officer would turn out in the morning, bark out a few commands, then retreat to some shady tent back at HQ.  He'd return late in the afternoon to check on our progress.  We were soon way behind schedule in construction of the bunkers and our inept leader was replaced.  Enter Lt. John Barovetto.

Lt. John took command by announcing that a party would be held upon the completion of each bunker and he was buying the beer...and it would be ice cold.  Ice was a rare commodity during our early days at Cu Chi.  Then Lt. John takes off his shirt and busts his ass along with the rest of us.  He disappeared just before we finished that first bunker and returned with ice cold brew!  Man, what a treat.  We all kicked back in the cool of that bunker and shared a brew with our new boss.  I clearly recall that Lt. John never gave us direct orders but pictched in and acted more like a coach.  We were soon completing a bunker or more each day and, true to John's word, we enjoyed cold beer each afternoon.  Pretty soon the beer didn't matter much.  We humped just to please Lt. John.  He was the most effective, natural leader I encountered during my tour and we all liked him for the man he was and the example he set.

Shortly after completing the last bunker every man on that detail received a Letter of Commendation for exceptional performance under fire.

Lt. John was a natural leader and bonded all of us into an effective and willing team.  He had our admiration and total dedication.  I do believe, deep in his heart, he was just a grunt like the rest of us.  I also believe that he was one of the few who enjoyed being in Vietnam.  In Sept. 1966 I rotated out of the Cav. and lost track of him.

Years later I was deeply sadened to learn that Capt.John's name was on The Wall.  I think of him often.  I know nothing about his final day on this earth but I can imagine him out on point just for the hell of it and taking rounds meant for the greenhorn grunt.  

I pray his family has healed from their loss.  I also pray I can one day feel the same.  Capt. John was a terrific Officer and one heck of a fine man.

SP4 Rich Fleming
HHT, 3/4 Cav.
Cu Chi, South Vietnam
(Memories from 37 years ago)

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