John Thomas Lynn

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
25 June 1947 - 21 July 1968
Kennewick, Washington
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Combat Infantry

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27 Jul 2004

Former CBC Star Hurt in Vietnam - Tom Lynn, 21, former CBC basketball star, was seriously wounded in action in Vietnam last week. He was serving in the Mekong Delta southwest of Saigon when his unit engaged the enemy in a fight in which 9 men were killed and 21 wounded. Lynn received a metal fragment in the head. His wound was described in the official telegram as "cause for concern". He is hospitalized in Vietnam. In a letter written two days before the incident, Lynn told his parents his unit was going to begin setting up ambushes to surprise the enemy. "Apparently it worked the other way around this time," his father said.

Lynn was serving with the Ninth Infantry Division and was stationed aboard the USS WASHTENAW COUNTY, a shallow draft transport ship, from which helicopter assaults were made. He had been in Vietnam since January. Since that time, he has been recommended for the Soldier's Medal and two bronze stars. At CBC, Lynn was captain of the Hawks basketball team in his second year at the college, leading the team to a second-place finish in the state. "He was always a real fighter: said his coach, Jim Rogers. He worked hard in practice as well as in the games, was a real floor leader, and was tremendous on defense. "I just hope his fighting spirit can help him now," he said. Lynn had scholarship offers from three schools, and plans to attend Carol University in Montana after he leaves the Army. His college major is business administration.

Tri-Cities Herald, Pasco WA, 21 Jul 1968

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Darilee Bednar

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Five men, not nine, died as a result of an engagement on 16 Jul 1968:
  • From A Company, 3/60th Infantry
    • CPL Raymond E. Wright, Portland, TN (KIA)
    • PFC Kenneth J. Cantwell, Arlington, TX (KIA)
    • PFC Charles W. Srader, Independence, MO (KIA)

  • From E Company, 3/60th Infantry
    • SGT Paul R. Fusco, Avon, NY (KIA)
    • SP4 John T. Lynn, Kennewick, WA (DoW 07/21/1968)

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