Ardis, John Coleman, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B40, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1956 - 1966

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manning, SC
Last Address
Manning, SC

Casualty Date
Oct 23, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Benning Post Cemetery - Fort Benning, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 100 / Section C-2 Site 95

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  Tributes from Others: Jun 22, 2015  

Malcolm   Kirby
USAF Veteran-191st photo recon.
Rest in Peace, my Brother
You will not be forgotten...
Apr 22, 2008
manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Oct 23, 2007
Bill  Gallenstein
Zephyrhills FL
A very proud cold war USAF veteran remembers you on this day. My God bless you and your family always. I salute you, Thank you
Oct 23, 2007
Jennifer Burns
Though, you are gone, you will, never be forgotten! You and men like you, are the reason, we are free, today! I just wanted, to say THANK YOU, for the sacrifices, that you made! I hold you and those like you, in the highest regard and you deserve, nothing less! I love you, all, you were and always, will be HEROES, to me! I promise never, to take for granted, the freedoms I have, which you paid, the ultimate price, for! Happy Birthday! I, WILL REMEMBER YOU!!! Gratefully yours, Jenn.
Apr 22, 2007
Kimberly Kimmel-Ober
Encinitas, California, United States, of America
For SSGT/E-6, John Ardis and all those, who knew him and loved him, I just want to say thank you, for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know, that you have, not been forgotten and always will hold a special place, in my heart! It would have been nice, to have known you, as a person and I greatly, appreciate your service! I just wish, you did not have to pay, so, high a price! You forever will, be a hero, in my eyes!
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Denis McDonough
Fellow Bobcat
If anyone knows, this brave soldier, who paid the ultimate price, please contact,, so we can honor, John, by having his picture, posted, on his former unit, 1/5, Mech., website, memorial page and on the Wall.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Denis McDonough
Fellow Bobcat

John, I just wanted, you, to know, you, are not forgotten. You are loved and missed. My prayers, to you and your family, for all, the pain and suffering.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Your Angel Day
Remembering you today on your Angel Day and giving thanks for your service to your country and for your ultimate sacrifice
Posted by: A Grateful American
Friday, October 23, 2009
Posted by: KAREN L ARDIS
Relationship: He is my father
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Do not stand at my grave and weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932
Posted by: Bob Ross

Relationship: Vietnam Veteran
Monday, November 21, 2005
We Remember
John is buried at Ft Benning Post Cem. His stone says Co B,5 INF 2 Bde,25 INF DIV
Posted by: Robert Sage

Friday, February 11, 2005
To a friend an fellow Soldier
We had just gotten to know you. Still great memories of Panama and travel on to Cu Chi
Posted by: Billy Smith
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
I am a high school student at Gridley High School and I am doing this for my U.S. History class and I just wanted to say thank you. You gave your life up not just for me but for other people to. Even though I didn't know you I still appreciate what you did. You arn't alive to see how everyone in our country lives today but thanks to you, you helped make our country advanced and you didn't even get a chance to see what you did. We all appreciate that
Posted by: Ali A.
Relationship: Fellow American
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Gridley High School Social/Political Science Class Project
Being a junior at Gridley High School, I have no personal ties or links to this fallen soldier. However, I do believe it is important to recognize and remember this man's service to his country. My sympathy rests with this soldier at his grave. He died with the most honor obtainable. May God rest his soul and bless his loved ones
Posted by: Jordan Meiss

Thursday, October 23, 2003
Thank You
My U.S. History class at Gridley High School in Gridley, Illinois thanks you fallen soldier giving your time, effort, energy and most importantly of all your life in order to give me a safe a secure country in live in now. You will never be forgotten and you memory will forever be a light of hope for everyone to see.
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Dear Mr. Ardis,
My name is Ryan McKinsey and I’m from Gridley, Illinois. I am posting remembrances for my World history at Gridley High School. I would just like to thank you for your bravery and courage to give up your life for our future. For this you shall never be forgotten.
Sincerely, Ryan McKinsey
Posted by: Ryan McKinsey
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Thank You
Dear Sir,
I am a senior at Gridley High School in Gridley, IL and as a class project, our Consumer Economics class is posting remembrances to courageous veterans who perished during the Vietnam War.
Every time I hear the national anthem, I will think of you. Every time I see the Stars and Stripes waving in the breeze, I will remember your sacrifice. Every time I place my hand over my heart and recite the pledge of allegiance, I will be reminded of your courageous gift of liberty to our country. God bless America.

Joel Campbell
Posted by: Joel Campbell
Relationship: Grateful American
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Thank You
am a senior in high school at Gridley High School in Gridley, Illinois. My teacher served in the Vietnam War and was shocked at the few number of remembrances there were for all these people who gave their lives. I felt this assignment to be uplifting to the family members of those who lost their lives. The men/women are honorable and so selflessly fought for the country they believed in and saw potential in. These amazing people served their country in a time of need and I wanted to express my gratitude and admiration
Posted by: Kaitlyn Paxton

Thursday, October 23, 2003

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547
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