John Stanborough Cartwright

Private First Class
Army of the United States
19 June 1947 - 04 May 1967
Pine Hill, New Jersey
Panel 19E Line 035

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John S Cartwright

The database page for John Stanborough Cartwright

01 Nov 2002

John Stanborough Cartwright was born June 19, 1947 in Pine Hill, New Jersey. He was the youngest of six children and was raised by his mother. They were very close. His mother was devastated the day he left for the Army.

John had a love for cars, motorcycles, racing cars and working on all kinds of cars. He shared this love with his older brothers, which created a great bond between them. He had a girlfriend for many years that he would have married had he not died in Vietnam. A fellow soldier recalled that PFC Cartwright's girlfriend sent him the record "I Am the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" by Donna Fargo.

PFC Cartwright was a member of the 1st Battalion (Mechanized) 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, (the Bobcats). He was a track driver, also known as an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). He was killed when his track ran over a land mine in the Ho Bo Woods in the Tay Ninh Province on May 4, 1967. PFC Cartwright began his tour only four months earlier on January 13, 1967. He was 19 years old. PFC Cartwright was buried on May 15, 1967 in the Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey, Burlington County.

PFC Cartwright was honored after his death. The Rotary Club of Pine Hill gave him a citizen's award. He was awarded two Bronze Stars: one for valor and heroism, and the other for meritorious service and for his efforts and professional ability. He was given a Purple Heart for his mortal wounds. At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, John's name is on panel 19E, row 035.

He is remembered by his comrades from the
5th Inf Rgt

5th Infantry "Bobcats"

From a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart

Photo courtesy ofhis sister, Joan Lockwood

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men from the Recon Platoon, HHC 1/5th Infantry, were killed on 04 May 1967 when their personnel carrier hit a mine during a two day sweep in the Ho Bo Woods:
  • SP4 Jack R. Lenner, Brook Park, OH
  • PFC Thomas A. Brynelsen, Chicago, IL
  • PFC John S. Cartwright, Pine Hill, NJ
  • PFC Ralph W. Crytzer, North Jackson, OH

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart 
01 Nov 2002

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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