#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Juan Zepeda


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army World War II Veteran Juan R. Zepeda.

Following the footsteps of his father, a World War I Veteran, Juan enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. He was assigned to the China-Burma-India Theater and served with the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), otherwise known as Merrill’s Marauders, as a Technical Sergeant Fifth Grade.

In February 1944, Juan volunteered for a high-risk mission to open a land route to China via the Patkai Range situated along the border of Burma and India. There were 130 survivors out of the 2,750 volunteers. Juan was one of them.

A survivor of the war, Juan returned home and turned to serving the youth in his community as a Little League coach in San Antonio.

Juan passed away on April 25, 2017. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in combat.

We honor his service.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Jon Dannaway    

    Juan The very best of friends. good to see you here .

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