Lupu, John William, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Last Primary MOS
71F20-Postal Clerk
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 71F20, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1966 - 1969


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
135 Lee Drive, Middlesex, NJ 08846

Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1969
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Bound Brook Cemetery - Bound Brook, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 007

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 306The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorVietnam Veterans MemorialNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, American Legion, Post 306 (Member) (Middlesex, New Jersey) - Chap. Page
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1988, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Basic Training (Fort Knox, KY)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolArmy Ranger School7th Army173rd Airborne Brigade
18th Engineer Brigade2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
  1966-1966, 11B10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1966-1967, 11B10, Army Ranger School
  1967-1968, 11B10, 7th Army
  1968-1968, 11B10, HHC, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1969-1969, 71F20, HHC, 18th Engineer Brigade
  1969-1969, 71F20, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1969-1969, 71F20, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He attended Middlesex High School and was an avid football player, graduating in 1966. After initial training, he was assigned to Germany.

He was transferred to the 173rd Airborne Brigade from Germany. After being wounded with the 173rd, he was transferred to the 18th Engineer Brigade. He was again wounded and transferred to Japan for recovery. He was then sent back to Vietnam and in May 1969, he returned to the US for a 30 day R&R. He volunteered for a second tour of duty, returning to Vietnam on June 25, 1969.

The American Legion Post was dedicated to John and is now called the John W. Lupu Memorial Post #306. He is buried in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device citation:

"For heroism, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Lupu distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 13 September 1969, while serving as rifleman with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airmobile), 8th Cavalry during reconnaissance mission in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam. As Company B was moving through thick jungle, they were engaged by an unknown sized enemy element, well concealed and employing small arms, automatic weapons and rockets. During the initial contact several members of the point element were wounded. As two members of the point element moved to the right of the lead file, Specialist Four Lupu moved left in order to coordinate a concentrated cross fire on the enemy positions. Moving under intense enemy fire, he gained a position from which he could place effective fire on the enemy position. Largely due to his action the enemy was pinned down and Company B was able to evacuate its wounded personnel quickly and efficiently, while inflicting a decisive defeat to the enemy element. His display of personal bravery and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."
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