John H. Robertson

 
John Hartley Robertson

John Hartley Robertson, known as Johnny to friends and family, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 25, 1936. He was the third of five children born to his parents, John Cheslea and Mildred Robertson. Johnny grew up during World War II, admiring the bravery and adventurous lifestyles of the men who fought and sometimes gave their lives for their country. At 17, Johnny dropped out of high school and got his GED so that he could join the Army.

A respectful and confident young man with seemingly no fears, Johnny was well suited for the army and eventually joined the United States Army Special Forces, better known as the Green Berets. He was later chosen to join an elite Special Operations Group known as Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). On May 20, 1968, he was onboard a medevac mission when the helicopter he was in crashed after being attacked by enemy fire. Because of enemy activity in the area, a full search mission was not possible and Johnny was declared Missing in Action. On April 28, 1976, Johnny was officially declared dead by the military, leaving behind a wife and two small daughters as well as his parents and four siblings.

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Tom Faunce

 
Tom Faunce

My Father, My Hero

My father, Thomas Faunce, was born in Detroit, Michigan to Carl and Theresa Faunce. He was the fourth child out of seven boys and five girls. I do not know much about my father’s childhood because he has never been one to talk about himself. But I do know that although he had a loving mother and family, he endured many hardships and loss. I believe his father died in a house fire while my father was in his early teens. And I know he spent many years in different homes, due to circumstances unknown to me. It was during that time that I believe my father began to understand the feeling of being left behind and therefore, the importance of love and being with family.

My father became a Christian on March 18, 1976 and has been serving the Lord ever since. He met my mother Julie when he was 28; my parents have been married for 32 years now and are still in love. Together, my parents had four children: Micah, Melody, Anna and Jesse. I am the third child, Anna.

My father became a soldier for the United States Army in the 1960’s and served in Vietnam for two tours. Although that was many years ago, the soldier in him has never left. The courage and strength that he possesses truly amazes me. But that’s not the only thing that makes him my hero. He is my hero because whatever the cost, wherever there is need, he will go. He will go to the most dangerous of places, where others would not dare go, in order to touch the life of another. He helps by putting in wells for villages without water, by delivering medical supplies, clothing, toys and the most important thing, the word of God. He has such a heart for God and a love for others.

I am truly blessed to have my hero be my father. My father is a true Soldier for Christ and a true American soldier, and by being so he will never leave a brother in arms behind (or anyone for that matter). He will not cease until his brothers are home where they belong. These words are not enough; I could never truly explain with so few words how much my father means to me and all the reasons why he is my hero. He has my heart and is a true inspiration. I thank God for my father. He fought for my freedom and has shown me what it truly means to be a Christian as well as what it means to be a soldier. The values, the honor, the courage, the strength beyond measure, the brotherhood, no brother left behind...thank you Dad for all that you have done; it’s an honor to be called your daughter.

 

Anna Faunce

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Donald Doll

 
Col. Donald Doll

Donald Doll was born in Easton, Pennsylvania. A highly accomplished wrestler he graduated from Easton High School in 1964. On October 17, 1965 he joined the U.S. Army and began basic training at Ft. Hood. In 1966, he entered Officer Candidate School and volunteered for Airborne and Special Forces training. Joining 5th Special Forces MACV-SOG he arrived in Vietnam in January of 1968. Wounded twice in combat Don was award the Silver Star for heroism and retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1995.

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Edward Mahoney

 
Edward Mahoney

Looking back on my life I can remember wanting to be a paratrooper when I was only ten years old. My family moved to 104 Dewberry Drive in Rochester NY, this was then referred to at the time in 1948, as Point Pleasant, New York. At the end of Dewberry drive was Durand Eastman Park that contained an 18-hole golf course that I spent a lot of time playing golf and searching for lost golf balls. During this time period I remember reading a comic book about the Normandy invasion and what part the 82nd Airborne participated in the war at that time. I was so impressed with the Paratroopers jumping out of airplanes that I knew that this was something I was going to do when I became an adult, and join the 82nd Airborne Division.

I started to devote more time in Durand Eastman Park to locate trees that I could climb up and jump off of. It didn’t take long to find a tree that was tall enough to meet my standards, as my courage increased, I would climb up farther and jump, marking the last height with my pocket knife. The jumps were so thrilling each time I jumped, I was no longer afraid and I became very proud of myself. My Mother recalled during this time period how many times I would come home all scratched up with torn pants and shirts from jumping off my favorite tree in Durand Eastman Park.

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Everett Williams

 
Everett Williams

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Robert Dean Plato

 
Robert Dean Plato

Master Sergeant Robert Plato was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, MACV-SOG, Command and Control North, FOB1, Phu Bai, RSVN. He served with the Hatchet Force and was killed during a battle with NVA forces on May 20, 1968 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. John Hartley Robertson was on the first helicopter tasked to Hill 1095 to extract the MACV-SOG team and retrieve the body of Master Sergeant Plato. His name appears on Panel 64E Line 7 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – one line above John Hartley Robertson. MSG Plato was married and his wife was from Okinawa, Japan, and they had several children.

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Steven Schofield

 
Steven Schofield

Born and raised in Chicago, Steve Schofield majored in physical education and wrestled on scholarship at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. On the basis of his college study in zoology, when he joined US Special Forces in 1966 he was assigned to train as a medic. He served in the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, then in Vietnam with the Studies and Observations Group (SOG). In 1968, as a sergeant with SOG, Schofield was one of 14 US Special Forces personnel transported 13 miles into Laos with a company of ethnic Chinese and Cambodian soldiers. Two SF and several Chinese and Cambodians were killed; dozens were wounded.

In 1969, Schofield was recruited by USAID to work in Northern Laos as a public health advisor, supplying village dispensaries and supporting local medics and field nurses. He also served a secret role training Hmong military medics and performing search and rescue operations for downed air crews. Schofield participated in its evacuation in March 1970. Arriving in Laos in October 1969, Schofield was among the last 26 Americans evacuated in May 1975. He has also played a significant role in helping Hmong veterans form their own honor and color guards and in erecting a monument to Hmong soldiers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin which was dedicated in July 2006. Schofield has produced a DVD, "A Brief History of the Hmong and the Secret War," and speaks extensively about his experiences to help educate the general public and the American-born generation of Hmong.

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