John Anthony Fera
West Point, 1966
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Dennis Hupp on August 17, 2016:
Jack and I were platoon leaders in B/1/503 Inf in the 173d Airborne Brigade. We got to know each other during the first six months of our tour, most of it in the Central Highlands. Those of you who knew him during your time at WP will understand that his professionalism was enhanced by kindness, openness honesty and decency. He was a "low key" inspirational leader with high standards and a lead by example manner. I came to admire him almost right from the first week that I met him. Whenever we had a few minutes of down time, we just chatted about our family or things back in the States as if we'd known each other for a few years. I observed how composed he was when things got tense or "hot." He never talked down to his men or berated them. He seemed to be as at ease talking with the newest "new guy" as he was to his peers and those who had been through some tough situations. I don't remember how much Jack talked about his wife Marg, but I vividly remember that his love for her came through "loud and clear." That made the most lasting impression on me because I was to be married after my tour ended. In some way he seemed to be pointing to the deeper meaning of marriage and love in just his natural, easy way of speaking. I had less than 2 months left on my tour when I heard the dreadful news. Jack, my friend, had paid the supreme sacrifice doing what he did so well. Jack, you will remain in my thoughts and heart always. Thank you for being such a fine officer, man and solid friend.
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