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Pfc. John Michael Trejo

Submitted by Vincent Carpio

Johnny showed me the power of valor

John Michael Trejo
12/4/1947 – 1/15/1969 Vietnam War Hero

Johnny was born and raised in Pomona, son of Clayton and Lupe Trejo, longtime Pomona residents. Johnny attended Sacred Heart Catholic grammar school. He attended Pomona Catholic Boys High School where he played football, and later transferred to and graduated from Ganesha High School in the class of 1966. Johnny was well-respected by family and peers for his honesty and strong principles. You could always depend on Johnny for a helping hand in any task.

Johnny answered his call to military active duty and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968. After his basic training Johnny was transferred to active combat duty in Vietnam. Johnny while on patrol was wounded in an enemy ambush. He then unselfishly drew enemy fire onto himself, allowing his patrol to escape a trap that would have led to heavy casualties. Sadly, Johnny was mortally wounded in combat on that day of January 15, 1969. Acknowledging his heroism and supreme sacrifice, Johnny was awarded the Military Silver Star, Purple Heart, and other Meritorious Medals. Johnny was laid to rest and lies next to his beloved father Clayton at Holy Cross Cemetery, Pomona.

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