Veara, John Vincent, 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1952 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur

First Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Paso , TX
Last Address
El Paso , TX

Casualty Date
Aug 19, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rural Cemetery - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47W 005

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur

 Tributes from Members  
Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
Tribute from the 3/4 Cavalry Association... posted by AR Moore, John (SaberAlpha 10), MAJ 229
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th ArmyArmy Garrison Fort Bliss, TX25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1952-1953, 131.00, 8th Army
  1967-1967, 11D10, Army Garrison Fort Bliss, TX
  1967-1968, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1968, 11D10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 11, 2011, Flag flies for Army Air Corps veteran
  Aug 08, 2012, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


It appears John had only 12 days left in country before rotating back to the states when he was killed.
David  Olsen
Fellow Soldier A Troop 3/4 Cav
Upland CA USA
Although I did not personally know John Veara I served in the same unit two month after he was KIA. He is truly missed by all that knew and loved him and especially the men of Alpha Troop 3rd Armored Reconnaissance Squadron 4th United States Calvary. He is one of our heroes.

NEW BEDFORD - During December, the 471st flag to fly atop Old Glory Tower in the North End honors the memory of Vietnam War hero, U.S. Army First Sgt. John Vincent Veara, who was killed in action Aug. 19, 1968 at age 37 of small arms fire. He served his country for 16 years.

Veara, a native of Long Island, was stationed with Co. D. , 2nd Battalion, 3rd training Brigade at Ft. Bliss, TX before his assignment to A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Veara met his wife, Maja, in Germany while serving abroad and they were married in Germany on a Christmas Eve.

Pamela LaBonte, Veara's sister, said "he had been wounded twice before, but he volunteered to stay in because he felt somebody had to be there. He wrote saying to wish him luck because he only had 40 days left there. Then he was going to Germany for two years and then ... retiring."

Veara's death left his widow, Maja, with three children ages 15, 7 and a newborn to raise. She and the kids settled in Acushnet.

Veara received numerous posthumous awards including the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart.

"First Sgt. Veara distinguished himself by heroic actions on 19 Aug. 1968, while serving as 1st Sgt. with A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, in the Republic of Vietnam," according to Col. Neil Chapin in a ceremony presenting Veara's wife with his decorations.

"While on a combat operation, A Troop came under an intense enemy attack. During the ensuing battle," he said. Sgt. Veara's track was hit by an RPG round. Immediately, Sgt. Veara began to direct his crew in laying down heavy fire towards enemy positions. Upon seeing that a track commander was wounded, Sgt. Veara, with complete disregard for his own safety, exposed himself to a heavy volume of enemy fire as he administered first aid and evacuated the man. He then continued to direct his men until he was mortally wounded. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission and the defeat of the enemy force."

Veara received the following medals, many of which were awarded for gallantry in action the day he died: two Silver Stars, 3 Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, Gallantry Cross with palm, Military Merit Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal from the Vietnamese Government, Vietnam Service Badge, National Service Medal, Expert Cannoneer Badge, Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle), and Marksman Badge (Pistol).

Veara's name is inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington on panel 47W, line 005. Many of his uniforms and medals are currently displayed at the Fort Taber Military Museum.

Roy Veara, John's middle son, is an Army veteran like his dad. He said in a Standard-Times story that "it still hurts every time I hear taps. It's still tough to hold back tears." Roy was only seven years old when his father died in 1968.

Veara's widow Maja (Gress), became an active member of the "Gold Star Wives of America" as well as the VFW. They had three sons: Gerold Veara of New Mexico, Roy Veara of New Bedford and John Veara, formerly of Acushnet.

Veara also had three siblings; a sister, Pamela LaBonte of North Dartmouth, two brothers, Richard Veara of New York and the late Robert Veara. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Amanda Veara of New Bedford and Shaun Veara of Fairhaven, as well as his sister-in-law, Liselotte Casey of Acushnet.
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1968, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]2
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