Without going into timely research, I may have found a possible starting point for you. According to SSgt. Jakovac's POW file, he was born on 4/10/1947 and lived in Detroit Michigan. His full name is John Andrew Jakovac. There was a family with the same last name in the same area that may be a relation - I will also share how they might be connected. Here is a link to that family's FindAGrave entries:
Note family members with the names John and Andrew. Taking a look at Andrew Jakovac's headstone, there is the mention of "Father". It is possible that he is SSgt. Jakovac's father which would also coincide with his middle name. The other sibling, John Jakovac served in the U.S Army during World War II and died in 1944 while in service. There is the possibility that (assuming he is related) SSgt. Jakovac was named in honor of him.
Since this is all deductive reasoning, so they might not be related though if you want to look into this family more, I would suggest using Newspapers.com to look for obituaries that name surviving/preceded in death relatives.
Best of luck,
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Here is some information. Perhaps try using the white pages online and check Detroit, Michigan with any last names of Jakovac. Checked another source both his parents are deceased. Please copy and paste the link in your web browser it has some additional information and pictures on Findagrave. If you look there is a women by the name of Linda Rodrigues she seem to have known him at sometime that leaves virtual flowers maybe try contacting her.
Death of Mother Alice Ailien Salonen(1918–1989)
Death of Father Andrew Anton Jakovac(1911–1954)
Field Title Value Meaning MILITARY SERVICE A DA [Department of the Army] COUNTRY OF CASUALTY VS Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) TYPE OF CASUALTY A3 Hostile - Died While Missing REFERENCE NUMBER 26651 26651 NAME JAKOVAC JOHN ANDREW JAKOVAC JOHN ANDREW DATE RECORD PROCESSED 7803 7803 MILITARY GRADE SSGT STAFF SERGEANT PAY GRADE E6 SPECIALIST SIXTH CLASS (U.S. ARMY) or STAFF SERGEANT (U.S. ARMY, U.S. MARINE CORPS) or TECHNICAL SERGEANT (U.S. AIR FORCE) or GRADE/RATE ABBREVIATIONS WITH FIRST COLUMN: ANY ENTRY; SECOND COLUMN: ANY ENTRY; THIRD COLUMN: 1; FOURTH COLUMN: BLANK (U.S. NAVY, U.S. COAST GUARD) or GRADE/RATE ABBREVIATIONS WITH FIRST COLUMN: ANY ENTRY; SECOND COLUMN: ANY ENTRY; THIRD COLUMN: ANY ENTRY; FOURTH COLUMN: 1 (U.S. NAVY, U.S. COAST GUARD) DATE OF DEATH or DATE DECLARED DEAD (MM/DD/YYYY) 02/14/78 02/14/1978 HOME OF RECORD CITY DETROIT DETROIT HOME OF RECORD STATE CODE 23 Michigan SERVICE OCCUPATIONAL CODE * Undefined Code DATE OF BIRTH (MM/DD/YYYY) 04/10/47 04/10/1947 REASON Z Unknown or Not Reported AIRCRAFT OR NOT AIRCRAFT 7 Ground Casualty RACE C Caucasian RELIGION CODE 99 Unknown or Not Reported LENGTH OF SERVICE * Invalid Number MARITAL STATUS S Single (Spouse Not Listed) SEX M Male CITIZEN CODE 1 U.S. POSTHUMOUS PROMOTION 0 Not Posthumously Promoted DATE TOUR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA BEGAN (MM/DD/YYYY) 670531 05/31/1967 LAST RECORD CODE 1 Final Record BODY RECOVERED OR NOT BNR Body Not Recovered AGE 30 30 COMPONENT R Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG) COMMENTS TYPE PROVINCE CODE 99 Province and MR Unknown - Province and MR Unknown CORPCD * * PROCD 1 1 FLAG X X
Hope this helps,
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Dear Ms. Matthies,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
For information regarding prisoners of war and U.S. servicemen missing during the Vietnam War, we suggest you contact the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Public Affairs Office, 2300 Defense Pentagon, ATTN: External Affairs, Washington DC 20301-2300. The web site is https://www.dpaa.mil/. They may be able to assist you in locating his family.
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I had the same bracelet. I have known the family since I was a young girl in Detroit. I knew John personally. He was my best friends uncle. One of his sisters passed away in 2016. The other is still living.
John was my great uncle!! He was my grandmas brother. i was doing some research while learning about the Vietnam war and saw everything people were saying about him. i would love his bracelet if you still have it and we’re thinking about sending it to me and my mom! it would be awesome to have him with me everyday not only in my heart but on my wrist. get back to me whenever.
Dear Bella: I too have your Great Uncle’s POW bracelet. It would be an honor to send to you. Yesterday my husband and I visited the traveling Vietnam Wall where we located John’s name in Clinton Township, Michigan. It was a very emotional experience for us. I took my bracelet and had my husband hold it up next to his name on the wall. I didn’t have know too much information about him until I recently started digging. I saw the photo in one of the other sites of John. Such a handsome young man, gone too soon.
I hope there is a way that I would be able to send the bracelet to you. God bless him for his service. God bless you and your family for your sacrifices. I would be happy to share photos with you of the wall we saw with his bracelet I have next to his name, although I don’t see here where I can do that.