Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Sergeant Major of the Army 2
18 May 1919 2
16 Sep 1971 2

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Full Name:
John Senechek 2
18 May 1919 2
Male 2
16 Sep 1971 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 52 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 16 Sep 1971 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Manchester, NH 2
Marital Status: Married 2

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Sergeant Major of the Army 2
Adv Tm # 51 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E9 2
Major Command:
Army 2
Tour Start Date:
01 Jun 1970 2
Russian Orthodox 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 18 2
Panel: 02W 2

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Top Senechek You have always been a deep personal memory of all that a fine soldier and senior non-commissioned officer could ever have been. I remember hearing how you told our Bn Cdr, then Lt Col John A. Bender (3d Bn, 22d Inf) that if he didn't appoint you to the vacancy of 1st Sgt, of Company A, you would ask you old 1st Inf Div WWII outfit to appoint you to First Sgt. of one their companies. You got the job and said goodbye to Bn Motor Sgt. as a MSgt. You were out of shape, hulking type Bohemian looking guy with a mustache and slightly crooked right eye. You refused to cut yourself any slack and humped with the ruck along with the troops in the Olympic National Forest hills and would not get in the jeep even though the Company Commander, Capt. Shoemaker all but ordered you to--maybe he did but you wouldn't do it. Your exterior appearance was scary but hid your big heart, sense of humor, and genuine soldier spirit that has made this nation what it is. I have always thought of you and mourn your loss today and I'm now 67 years old myself but was then about 25. Throughout our time together in combat you were a souce of strength to our outfit. You cared about the officers and men and did all you could to support both. When I became acting Company Commander for an extended several month period you were always in the thick of it all. I remember your heavy iron or stell VC cup you found and we would drink lousy Nescafe instant coffee (from C-rations) out of it. No matter how bad things got, when there was a break, you'd break out the cup. The time I returned from Bn HQ in the northern Delta and saw you in a diving contest with the troops in that horrible water and the locals participating in a type regatta I couldn't believe it! You spirit, sense of humor, temper, impatience, kindness, and absolute commitment to the Army and its soldiers and officers is what makes it all work when the fog of war or garrison BS is almost overwhelming. Your memory lives in me. John E. Sweeney, Colonel, US Army-Ret. and former 1st Lt, Co A, 3d Bn, 22d Inf

Jack Sweeney, you know my grandpa?

Jack I would like too thank you for your kinjd words about my Father-inlaw, John Senechek. He is dearly missed by his family, my wife and I have been back to New Hampshire to his grave site a couple of times and are planning on going back next June. Again Thank you for your kind words, John was a great man. Ronald P Servant 1sgt retired US Army

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