Monday, May 28, 2018



As far as I can tell from the records, the first Chamorro casualty in the Vietnam War was the late Jesús Rosa Mariano, who was a Specialist Four in the US Army.

He was just 20 years old when he died.

Jesús was born on Guam in 1945, the son of Vicente Fejerang Mariano and the former Águeda de la Rosa. They lived in Mangilao.

In July of 1965 his tour of duty in Vietnam started. On September 27 of the same year, he was killed in action. His body was recovered and he is now buried at Veterans Cemetery in Guam.

Two more Guam men died in Vietnam in 1965, the first year of Guam casualties. But Mariano was the first.

Rest in peace. May all of our Guam and CNMI casualties in all wars rest in peace.

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