Esten, John Ernest, PFC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur

Private First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pequabuck, CN
Last Address
Pequabuck, CN

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Terryville, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 085

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Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1968, 11B10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1967-1968, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 07, 2016, General Photos9
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

event
UNIT AMBUSHED NEAR MAIN GATE CU CHI BASE CAMP, 1 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF CU CHI VILLAGE 19680120
vehicle on road security ambushed


Remembering 20 Jan 68
Posted by Robert Sosenko
October 6, 2018
 
Most of the PC's took hits in the gas tanks. A20 exploded with me inside and I was wounded but went back to the field the next day. A28 exploded and all the KIA listed Parham, Elia, Esten, Michaud, Moore and Garnica except Kosel and Swalley were on A28. Only Frank Rompell survived but with bad wounds. The track explosions and the exploding ammo kept the NVA from getting to us who made it off the tracks. Swalley was shot thru the chest as he tried to hide in a bush. I am forever thankful to 1st and 3 rd. platoon and to B Troop. for coming out to get us. Thank you Jim Ross, you guys had no idea what you could be running into but you came because you knew we were in trouble just like with Dwight Birdwell and C Troop and I think you know we would have done the same for you.
 
   
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry AssociationVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]1
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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