New book celebrates Marist war hero

20407_Guldan_John_Anthony_DOB_1950A book signing for The Letter, A Family’s Tale Unplugged, which recounts the life of the late Lance Corporal John A. Guldan ’68, will be held at Christ the King Parish’s Gleeson Hall, 9235 S. Hamilton in Chicago, on Wednesday, August 3, at 7pm.

The book, written by Guldan’s sister Terri, explores family life with a child at war in Vietnam. His life as a Marine is told in his letters home; juxtaposing the mundane drama in a large Catholic family in Chicago with the dangers to life and limb in foxholes and jungles of Vietnam. The Letter is a loving and caring testament to the people who fought in the war zones of Vietnam and at home.

Guldan was a member of Marist’s second graduating class, and was a standout cross country and track and field athlete. After graduation, he attended Defiance College in Ohio on a scholarship for one semester. He returned home and enlisted in the United States Marines. He was described as a natural leader, and was soon tasked with leading a squad through the war-torn jungle. On August 3, 1970, at age 20, Guldan paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life for his country, in defense of his fellow Marines. In addition to being awarded the Purple Heart, he was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously.

Guldan will be inducted into the Marist High School Hall of Fame in March of 2017 after having been nominated in a moving tribute by several of his classmates.

The book signing is open to the public. Copies will be available for purchase and are also sold online