Ahern, John Bernard, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Profiles) to remember Ahern, John Bernard, SP 4.

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

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Turlock Memorial Park - Turlock, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44E 064

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry 101st Airborne Division
  1967-1968, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry
  1967-1968, 11B20, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

I was in John's unit, 2nd platoon, Co C, 1/327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Div. If you check the 327th website, there is a platoon picture submitted by Sgt Morris that John is in. On the date of his death, we had been in the field for about a week both establishing and patroling around the new firebase named Birmingham. We had contact with the NVA almost every day, and in fact our platoon had lost our platoon leader, Sgt Valle and my squad leader, Sgt Trevino on Mar 12. I had been on that patrol, and John went out of his way to try to settle me down after that devastating day. On Mar 16th, our company moved to the west with 2nd platoon in the lead. Point man was Jay McMurphy and John Ahern walked his slack. We had moved down the trail about 50 meters when the firing started. There was heavy AK-47 fire, both McMurphy and Ahern were hit. Sgt Taylor, our new platoon leader, held us on the trail as one of the other squads moved on the right, eventually killing the NVA. Both McMurphy and John were dead by then; another devastating day. I will always remember him as a fine person and a gallant soldier.  
Posted by: Michael O'Connell

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