Crikelair, John Francis, SGT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11F10, F Company Rangers, 25th Infantry Division
Service Years
1969 - 1969


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Maryrest Cemetery - Ramsey, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 101

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 75th Ranger Regiment

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav Association
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1969, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 546 
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  Tributes from Others: Jun 29, 2015  

Remembering An American Hero
Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter

Dear SGT John Francis Crikelair, sir
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, SirCurt Carter

Thank You
Posted on 8/6/13 - by A Vietnam Vet
Thank you Sergeant for your bravery and leadership.

Friendship never dies
Posted on 6/13/13 - by Mariann Izzo Cheney

In honor of Johns service we will be at the Wall on Father's Day remembering him in the traditional rose ceremony. Our fathers were steadfast friends- his loss was devestating to his parents, sisters and brothers and all who knew him.

Suzanne Geer
Family Friend
106 Esplanade Ave #151 Pacifica CA 94044 USA
As always, remembering you. Especially now. I recently inherited all Geer family photo albums and there you are in all the Crikelair photos .. until you weren't. A very sad day for all who love you.
Aug 6, 2011

Suzanne Geer
Family Friend
106 Esplanade Ave #151 Pacifica CA 94044 USA
Seven years since my last message and I still think of you, especially with the deja vu in Iraq. I'm older and wiser, but still hoping for peace.
Apr 13, 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!!!
Aug 6, 2007
John Carroll
College friend and fellow member, of the ND., fencing team
Tucson, AZ., 85718, USA
Friend and Fellow Stranger, in a Strange Land
John and I, were fellow members of the fencing team, at Notre Dame and we shared, an apartment in South Bend, the summer, before I went, on active duty. We competed, good-naturedly, for the same girlfriends and had the same, moderately cynical attitudes. He was a good friend, loyal and true, to those whose friendship, he valued and a terror, to those, whose character was false. I treasure the memory, of the times, we spent together. I never saw, John there, but I came home, from Vietnam, more, or less, in one piece. He didn't, and the world, is a much lesser place, as a result. It's 30, years later, now, John and you, are still remembered. Goodbye, at least for now. JCC
Saturday, May 29, 1999
Suzanne Geer
Family Friend
137-A Piccadilly Place
San Bruno, CA 94066 USA
Johnny's parents and mine had known each other since before we were born. He and I corresponded from the time he attended Notre Dame and after he left for Vietnam. The day after I was informed that he had been killed, a letter arrived in my mailbox from Johnny. I was very fond of Johnny and will always regret that I didn't get the chance to know him better (as an adult).
Thursday, September 13, 2001
We Remember
John is buried at Maryrest Cemetery in Ramsey,NJ. SS BSM PH
Posted by: Robert Sage

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Never Forgotten
Rest in peace with the warriors
Posted by: Rick Dunn

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
John was a thoughtful, generous, and loyal friend. We knew we could depend upon him. He never disappointed us
John Crikelair was a boyhood friend to many of us, and those of us who knew him in school and in the Boy Scouts knew him to be a thoughtful, loyal and generous friend. He always carried his end in any bargain, in any work or any task. We knew we could depend upon him. Although, as the son of a physician and a member of a professional family, he could easily have found ways to avoid serving in the Vietnam War. Showing his true character, John chose the more difficult path and answered his country's call to arms anyway. Knowing full well the dangers involved, he served his nation at a time when the war had become deeply unpopular, and he paid the ultimate price. We who knew him as a boy and then as a young man honor him now. We honor his name, his memory, and his many good deeds
Posted by: James F. Tent

Relationship: boyhood friend and fellow Eagle Scout
Sunday, November 22, 1998

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 546 
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Jun 29, 2015
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