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Personal Data:

Birth Date:  January 29, 1943

Birth Place:  Worcester, Massachusetts

Race:  Caucasion

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Fatherís Name:  Stephen F. Jablonski

Motherís Name:   Mary (Kielbasa) Jablonski

Sibling Names: Stephen F. Jr., Robert

Marital Status:  Single


Schools Attended:  St. Joseph's Elementary School, Webster, Massachusetts

                               Bartlett High School, Webster, Massachusetts

High School Diploma:  Yes

College Attended:  Norwich, University, Norwich, Connecticut

                              Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts* 

College Diploma:   *1966

Selective Service Data:

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Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  January 10, 1967

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Home of Record:  Webster, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                    

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Sergeant

Rank Abbrev:  SGT 

Pay Grade:  + E4        

MOS:  11B20              

MOS Title:  Light Weapons Infantry

MOS Background:

Military Education:  LPC

Awards Received:  

Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous); Bronze Star Medal (posthumous); Purple Heart (posthumous); Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal  

Badges Earned:  Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Badge with Auto Rifle Bar; Marksman Badge with Machine Gun Bar

Award Citations:  

Army Distinguished Service Cross citation:

Specialist Jablonski distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 August 1968 during a reconnaissance in force mission near Can Giuoc. His Company came under intensive fire and was pinned down by a company of Viet Cong in well-fortified positions. Observing that his platoon's point man, Specialist Leslie Tegtmeier, had been wounded, Specialist Jablonski ran through the enemy fusillade to provide covering fire for a medic who was trying to reach the injured soldier. Discovering that the man had been fatally wounded, Specialist Jablonski assaulted a bunker and destroyed it with a hand grenade. Returning to the platoon with the body of his fallen comrade, Specialist Jablonski voluntarily assumed the point position. Remaining calm and alert, he detected four more Viet Cong bunkers and before the enemy had time to react, his platoon engaged and destroyed the emplacements. After serving in the precarious position for two hours, Specialist Jablonski was ordered to the rear by his platoon leader. Ten minutes later, his platoon again came under intense enemy fire, sustaining two more casualties. Without hesitation, Specialist Jablonski rushed through the enemy fire and destroyed a second Viet Cong bunker. Maneuvering to one of the casualties, he carried the wounded man to safety through a hail of fire. Returning immediately to the front, he provided covering fire for other members of his platoon who were maneuvering to destroy the remaining bunkers. As his element moved forward, Specialist Jablonski again assumed the point position. A short time later, he spotted two Viet Cong trying to escape. He ran forward to engage the fleeing enemy, firing his weapon and throwing hand grenades as he moved. He had killed one of the Viet Cong when fire from an unseen bunker mortally wounded him. His dedication and indomitable spirit prevented many casualties and served as an inspiration to the men of his company.

Bronze Star Medal citation:

To Sergeant (then Specialist Four) John A. Jablonski for distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 2 April 1968 to 8 August 1968.

Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results.  He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of ever changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems.  The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom.

His initiative, zeal, sound judgment and devotion to duty have been in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflect great credit on him and on the military service.

Posthumous Promotion:  Yes

Length of Service: 1 Year

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced:  April 2, 1968

Major Command:  9th Infantry Division

Land Assignment:

Regiment: 31st Infantry 

Battalion:  6th Battalion            

Company:  C Company  

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  August 8, 1968

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Casualty Age:  25

Casualty Data 1:  Hostile, Died                    

Casualty Data 2:  Multiple Fragmentation Wounds    

Casualty Data 3:   Ground Casualty              

Casualty Province:  Long An

Casualty Country:   South Vietnam              

Located In Or Near:  Can Giuoc District  

Body Recovered:  Yes 


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Webster's Fallen Casualty Order:  8 of 9

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  49W  Line Number:  31

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