Jan Avery Elkins
Corporal
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
East Brunswick, New Jersey
March 20, 1948 to October 26, 1968
JAN A ELKINS is on the Wall at Panel W40, Line 36

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22 Jun 2003

Jan and I went to the same high school. I was a year younger so I didn't know him very well but I knew he was well liked. I remember when the news of his death hit our town a few days after his death. I had signed up for the Army the day before he died. I frequently thought of him during my time in the Army, as he was the first person I knew who died in Vietnam.

I learned to have great respect for Marines, and I say this with honor and humility:

Semper Fi, my friend.


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