OBITUARY

CSM (Ret.) John J. Self

October 7, 1930April 17, 2021
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CSM (Ret.) John J. Self was born on October 7, 1930 and passed away on April 17, 2021 and is under the care of Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel.

Visitation will be held on April 30, 2021 at 10:00 am at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel, 3351 Scenic Highway 90e, Pensacola, FL. Funeral Service will be held on April 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel, 3351 Scenic Highway 90e, Pensacola, FL. Committal Service will be held on April 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Luke Emanuel

May 3, 2021

John and I were best friends for 57 years we were in combat the same time in the Korean War, We served in Vietnam ,Germany and Thailand together we also worked in the Middle East together John was a true soldier John often called me Snake Doctor and I often called him BUBBA I miss John now and forever God rest his soul

John Padgett

April 20, 2021

The members of the Special Operations Association (SOA) wish to extend our deepest condolences at the passage of CSM Self. May the soul of our departed brother, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Until we meet again, John, may St. Michael guide you to the Last Formation and may the Lord's light shine upon you.

MAJ (Ret) John Padgett
Chaplain SOA

Jim Fisler

April 20, 2021

Our family mourns with yours. John was a true patriot and will be missed by all who knew him. This country needs more people like John Self.

Mike Padua

April 20, 2021

Fran,
We pray that God will comfort your heart and fill your soul with love and peace. We pray that God will guide you each step of the way in your time of grief and sorrow. I know that God's care and love will embrace you, as well as the support of us all. We send our condolences to you and your family.
.In JMJ
Have a Blessed day!
Take up your cross daily and follow Christ
Brother Mike

Bonnie Cooper

April 20, 2021

The Special Operations Association remembers member John J. Self.

CSM (Ret.) John J. Self was born on October 18, 1930, the son of David and Avrie "Ava"(Downs) Self, passed away on April 17, 2021 at the age of 90. He joined the Army in 1947and served during the Korean War before doing three tours in Vietnam.

In 1954, he was a member of Company G, 11th Regiment, 5th Infantry Division (Augsburg, Germany), and was one of 300 men selected and flown to Marseilles, France to participate in the 10th annual liberation celebration.

During his first Vietnam tour, while serving as the assistant training advisor at Song Mao, he went out on the first "Apache" reconnaissance patrol in Vietnam - pairs of Americans, Vietnamese and Montagnards, helicoptered into a suspected Communist area for five days to track troop movements. In 1966 he was one of the Special Forces featured in a Look magazine article on Special Forces in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on June 7, 1969 while serving with MACV-SOG.

On June 24, 1970 MSG Self was promoted to Sergeant Major while assigned to the Institute for Military Assistance (JFK Center), Fort Bragg, NC. 1972 he was assigned to Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 82nd Abn Division as the Operations Sergeant Major.

CSM Self’s awards and decorations included: Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" Device (4th Oak Left Cluster), Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, two awards of the Combat Infantry Badge, The Korean Service Ribbon with four campaign stars; Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Bronze Star, Master Parachutist and the Vietnamese as well as Thai Airborne jump wings.

Welch David

April 19, 2021

Uncle John's passing is such a great loss to so many. We enjoyed his love and friendship over the years and will miss him so much. Our condolences go out to Fran and family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and Uncle John will be in our hearts forever. Love, David and Jeanie Welch

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