John E. Jordan

Date of Birth: 04/11/1951
Neighborhood: Kensington
High School:
Street: E. Clearfield Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: PFC
Date of Casualty: 02/21/1970
Province of Casualty: Long AN
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 15
Panel Row: 19

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Several months after arriving in Vietnam, “Johnny” Jordan wrote his family that he finally was beginning to understand and like the people he met in the war-torn country. Jordan had attended schools in Evansville, Ind., before his family moved to Philadelphia. “He loved old cars, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, animals, parties and girls,” his mother recalled. Jordan volunteered for duty in Vietnam after enlisting in the Army in April 1968. His father had been in the Merchant Marine during World War II, and served with the Navy during the Korean War. Young Jordan, a light weapons infantryman and rifleman assigned to Company D of the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, and 9th Infantry Division, died on Feb. 21, 1970. The 18-year-old private first class was survived by his parents, four brothers and a sister.

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial