“As a community we can never forget about the ones we left behind on the battlefield. Your primary mission at Rolling Thunder is to remember. We are honored that we have the opportunity to bring awareness to the public so they know we will never forget the sacrifice,” said Todd Matonich, a United State Navy Veteran and Board Member at Rolling Thunder ® , Inc. Kentucky Chapter 5.
On 30 November, 1970, then 1st Lt. Stringer’s company was preparing to cross a river at Mai Loc, which flowed through dense jungle, about 15 miles east northeast of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. A rope had been secured on both sides of the river with the help of a helicopter and John Stringer was the first one to attempt crossing it. As he reached mid-stream, he apparently lost his grip on the rope and was swept downstream in the swift current. His remains have never been recovered.
Captain John Curtis Stringer, II US Army Platoon leader for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division Date of birth 12 Jan 1946 Boyd County, Kentucky Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University – Richmond, Ky 1964-1969 Date last seen 30 November, 1970 Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
On Sunday, December 2nd, Rolling Thunder KY 5 will lay a Wreath in a short ceremony to remember Captain Stringer. We encourage the public to join us in remembering and honoring those who never returned.
The major function of Rolling Thunder, Inc. is to publicize and create awareness of the POW*MIA issue. For further information about Rolling Thunder, KY 5 and its mission, please go to www.rollingthunderky5.org .