Francis Joseph Juranic, Jr. – Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps

Date of Birth: 9/21/1949
Date of Casualty: 11/12/1968
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Rank: LCPL
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG NAM

A Hamilton Township Marine with only 20 more days to serve in Vietnam was killed in action Tuesday 12 November 1968).

Marine Lance Corporal Francis J. Juranic Jr., 19, of 425 Sandalwood Avenue, died of injuries received when the tank on which he was riding hit a mine.

Corporal Juranic was with a mine clearing unit at the time of his death in Quang Nam Province.

He was graduated from Steinert High School in 1967 and enlisted in the Marine Corps five days later.

Corporal Juranic arrived in Vietnam last Thanksgiving. He had only 20 more days to serve there before being sent to Japan to complete his tour. He would not have returned to the war zone.

Last May, he was listed in the Evening Times “In The Service” column when he was promoted to Lance Corporal while serving with the First Engineer Battalion of the First Marine Division.

He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Corporal Juranic attended St. Hedwig’s School and had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 7 there.

Survivors include his parents, Francis J. and Marion S. Juranic; a sister, Lorie Ann, at home; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shipp of Hamilton Township and several aunts and uncles.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Edward P. Lisiecki Funeral Home, 1026 North Olden Avenue.

Mine Kills N.J. Marine

A Hamilton Township, N.J., Marine was killed in the explosion of a Vietcong land mine, the Defense Department reported Thursday.

Lance Corporal Francis Juranic Jr., 20, of 425 Sandalwood ave., who had only 20 days more to serve in the Vietnam combat zone, died Tuesday when the tank in which he was riding during a mine-clearing operation was blasted by the mine.

Corporal Juranic, who was promoted last May, arrived in Vietnam last Thanksgiving Day.

He attended St. Hedwig’s School and was graduated from Steinert High School in 1967. He enlisted in the Marines five days later. Corporal Juranic, who is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Juranic and a sister, Lorie Ann, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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