7/12/69 Fallen Brother RVN

7/12/69 UT2 John C. Usilton, Philadelphia, PA., P.W., NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV

John Clannahan Usilton

Home of Record: Philadelphia, PA
Date of birth: 06/29/1941
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Utilitiesman 2nd Class
ID No: 155284303
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 08
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 07/12/1969
Casualty Date: 07/12/1969
Age at Loss: 28
Location: Danang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Drowned or suffocated

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John is buried at:
Beverly Nat Cem.
916 Bridgeboro Road
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey 08010
Plot: Section L Site 4635

John C. Usilton
Pratt Street, Frankford
The 28-year-old Woodrow Wilson Junior High School graduate had been in the Army for two years and the Navy Reserves for one, but thirsted for more action. He joined the Navy in June 1968 and asked to be assigned to a Seabee outfit, knowing he would be sent to Vietnam, his wife said. The utilitiesman second class was assigned to Naval Support Activity in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, where he died on July 12, 1969. Survivors include his wife, son, daughter, parents, a brother and two sisters.
.... from the Philadelphia Daily News

John Clannahan Usilton was born on June 29, 1941, to James and Edna Usilton. His home of record is Riverside, NJ. He had two sisters and a brother. John was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.

Before enlisting in the US Army, John was a clerk with Philadelphia Copper Coke Co. He entered the US Navy after spending two years in the US Army and a year in the Naval Reserves while living in Philadelphia, PA.

Usilton served as a Utility Man 2nd Class (UT2) and in Vietnam served as an assistant supervisor at the Tango Water Plant. He served in the Seabee outfit at the rank of UT2 (ES) and planned on making the Navy his career.

On July 12, 1969, Usilton was killed when he fell into the Cau Do River near Da Nang while working at the pump station near the Cau Do Bridge. His body was recovered a few days later in the Cau Do River of the Quang Nam Providence in South Vietnam. He was 28 years old.

Usilton left behind his wife, Josephine, and two children, Patricia and John.

Sources: Josephine Usilton (wife)


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