The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo: Austin Kirk
Hualapai Tribe learns more about citizen who was killed on duty in Vietnam
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Hualapai Tribe
is finally learning details about a citizen who was killed during the Vietnam War.
Michael Bruce Jones
was killed in May 1968 while on patrol in present-day Ho Chi Minh City, The Mohave Valley Daily News reported. He was just 20 years old at the time and had been in Vietnam for only a month.
“We were always curious about how he passed away,” Michael Whatoname told the paper.
After Jones's name
appeared in a story in The Arizona Republic
, a fellow veteran reached out to Sharon Johnston, a teacher who has been compiling information about Arizonans who were killed in Vietnam.
His relatives were able to attend a military reunion earlier this month, where a table was devoted to the fallen soldier, The Daily News reported.
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The Hualapai Tribe now plans to place a memorial to Jones at its council chambers, the paper reported. He also will be recognized during upcoming veterans events.
Jones also descended from the Havasupai Tribe
. His name appears on Panel 59E, Row 5 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington, D.C.
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(The Mohave Valley Daily News 6/26)