Webb, John Friel, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Service Years
1970 - 1971

Specialist 4

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greensboro, NC
Last Address
Greensboro, NC

Casualty Date
Sep 02, 1971
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Guilford Memorial Park - Greensboro, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 009

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment23rd Infantry Division (Americal)198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1971-1971, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1971-1971, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1971-1971, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
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SP4 John Friel Webb, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Greensboro, NC.

Specialist Four John Friel Webb was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, SP4 Webb served our country until September 2nd, 1971 in Quang Tin, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that John died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. John was born on September 27th, 1950 in Greensboro, North Carolina. SP4 Webb is on panel 02W, line 009 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

All four of us; John, Myself, Melvin and Billy went to the same farewell bash before a tour in sunny Southeast Asia. The next time I saw him was on his final return home. James Collins.

I have never forgotten John Webb. For many reasons, all having to do with his gentle nature and his genuine regard for others. I knew John before his service in Vietnam, and high school. As a matter of fact, John was the person who drove me to the airport the day I departed on 'my' way to Vietnam. It turned out to be our final goodby. I guess none of us know anybody totally, but I know this about John, he liked to help people out, and it never mattered who it was. I'm sure he brought that unselfish characteristic to Southeast Asia with him. God bless JW. I miss him like it was yesterday. Mark Germino.

We served together: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Webb, I was on patrol with you when you laid down your life for your country. Thank you for your service, your leadership, your bravery and your sacrifice. Gerry Hartigan, Gerard.Hartigan@my-CFO.net.

Classmate and Friend. John and I were assigned to the same Physical Education class my sophomore year. He was a senior at the time. On many occasions, because of my size, I was "forced" to wrestle him. John understood that even though I was big for my age I was still three years younger than him. He always gave the coach a good show but he never once took advantage of me by exerting his superior strength and experience on me. We would bounce around the mat and put one another in various holds so that the coach would be satisfied that we were exerting effort but John always took it easy on me. I have always remembered the compassion he exhibited for a frightened underclassmen. How many young men, at 18 years of age, would have ever given a second thought to the feelings of a 15 year old kid? John was my "hero" long before Vietnam took him away from us! I will remember him for the remainder of my life. Brad Cox, 1322 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.

High school classmate. My goodness, how handsome and sure our John Webb appeared during our senior year of high school at Ben L. Smith in Greensboro, NC. I still have a couple of drawings or doodles John did in my presence during homeroom. John and I would talk and laugh about girls and guys and why each one thinks and acts differently. He is one of those truly important people in my life who taught me to know my car. Know your car meant more than the color, make, model, and engine size to John. To answer many of my "car" questions he literally had to "draw me a picture". One day for me, he drew a detailed sketch of what the "firewall" had to do with the motor and stuff under the hood of my brother's '57 Chevy. I cherish his memory and our friendship. I miss and love John. His beautiful smile and glance made me feel gently safe. Marsha Wray-Lowry, 11416 Winners Circle, Charlotte, NC 28215.

My only brother. Big Brother I Miss You. I never knew this page was even here. When I happened to find it it sort of shocked me. As I read the things that others wrote about my brother I had all kinds of memories flood back. I miss him alot. Now Im so much older but I still remember him as big brother. There is no love like a brothers love. When our father passed 8 years ago I missed him even more but now Dad and John are together. Mom still has John's pictures on her wall. I haven't been to the memorial wall yet. It is going to be so very hard. I hope to try to go there this summer. I saw the small traveling wall once and I really broke down. I know what will happen when I see the real one. John was always the strong big brother. He guided me in ways only a brother can. I wish he were here today but thank you for giving all for all of us Big Brother. Brother Andy Webb, 7205 South New Garden Rd, Julian, N.C. 27283, hawfish@msn.com.
Fellow 1st of the sixth trooper, and fellow grunt. John, you and Richard Russ will never be forgotten. Denny Newport, drnewport@highland.net.

Old Friend. John is important in my mind for two reasons. First and foremost he was a high school friend who shared those teenage years of girls, beer and cars (not always in that order). He had a quiet sense of humor that made you laugh all the more because you didn't see the joke coming until he smiled. The second reason is that John has been and is a reminder of the importance and cost of duty paid by our service members. Having finished a career in the Navy that had me seeing too much of the Middle East (especially during Desert Storm) and having a brother who is serving in Baghdad now, it is from knowing John that I understand the true price that has been and is being paid by our Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, and Marines. Here's hoping we will see a day when names won't need to go on a wall. Gary Houglan, Virginia Beach VA.

Comrades in Vietnam: John was a special person. We had good times and bad in Nam. He will never be forgotten. From Joe, a Fellow Grunt, Joseph Arnister, 10614 Fleming, Houston TX. 77013.

He is the Son of Mr and Mrs Howard A Webb of Greensboro, North Carolina.

He served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division, USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Air Medal.


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