Western New York's Medal of Honor Recipients
Navy Ship named after Lt. John Paul Bobo
Lt. John Paul Bobo's nephew, Captain John P. Bobo
is greeted by Capt. Don Pigott, Jr. during his visit to
the MV 2nd.
Lt. John Paul Bobo
On March 30, 1967, 24-year old Lt. John Paul Bobo, a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y. was killed in action in a fierce battle in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. The Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to his family. He was also awarded The Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with one bronze star), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm).
He was the Weapons Platoon Commander, Company I, Third Battallion, Ninth Marines Division, in Quang Tri Province. Jack Riley, 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, "The Flaming I" India Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines quoted, " I had the privilege of serving as a squad leader under Lt. Bobo & was with him when he was killed in action, during the battle of "Getlin's Corner". It was not unusual for Lt. Bobo to go along on a squad patrol. He didn't have to do this but he did it because he cared about his Marines. The 15 of us who survived would not be here today if it were not for the sacrifices of John Bobo and those brave Marines and the leadership they exemplified. Lt. John Bobo is a real American Hero. A navy ship is named after him as well as an Officers Mess in Quantico Marine Base in Virginia (called Bobo Hall), where his Medal of Honor story is used to teach leadership to every Marine officer candidate."
There is also a Medal of Honor monument in Niagara Falls State Park. The left hand side of the plaque reads: Vietnamese Conflict 1961-1975 , In honor of Second Lt. John Paul Bobo, united States Marine Corps, Medal of Honor, Niagara Falls, N.Y. and the other 56,554 Americans who died, the 303,654 Americans who were wounded and all those Americans who participated in this noble cause. Quang Tri Province, Kontum Province, Khesahn, Kien Tuong Province, Binh Tuy province, Hau Nghia Province, Vietnam Prison Camps.
His name is etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall") on panel 17E, row 070. On October 5, 2005 Niagara University's ROTC Department unveiled a Hall of Fame. The first honorary inductees were the university's 2 Medal of Honor recipients, Lt. John Bobo and MG William "Wild Bill" Donovan. Niagara University also named its baseball field in John Bobo's memory. In addition, John is part of the Niagara Legacy - Alumni of Distinction, 2007 Inaugural Class.