John Wilson Redmond
U.S. Army Vietnam War
In the late 1960’s, John reported for active duty with the U.S. Army and eventually was sent to Vietnam. On December 31, 1967 the unit he was assigned to was patrolling a roadway. Around 1:00 a.m. the unit was hit with an RPG round. Eighteen of the soldiers in the unit were killed. John was seriously wounded and was burned over a large portion of his body. On January 6, 1968 John’s family in Tennessee was notified that he had been killed in action. Devastated, the family mourned the loss of brother, son and father. On January 23, the family was notified again that John had lost his life. Confusion now invaded the families’ mourning and uncertainty about the circumstances of his death surfaced. At the same time, John was a half a world away in Southeast Asia beginning the slow recovery from the injuries he received. Finally on February 2, 1968, John regained consciousness and was able to communicate to his caregivers. Joyfully, on February 27, 1968 the family received the news that John was alive. Over the next year, John was treated in hospitals in Japan, Ft. Sam Houston, and Nashville. He received two purple hearts for his service in the Army and he eventually came home to Eagleville. John’s tragic experience in Vietnam makes all of us pause and reflect. On May 6, 2006, John Wilson Redmond, died at the age of 65. John always communicated a positive outlook on life and lived every day to the fullest. Eagleville was fortunate to have a hero among us and a reminder of all those who have sacrificed for our country.