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Major Robert G. Bell

Robert Graham 'Bobby' Bell born 23 May 1930 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Ida Lee Shelton (b. 1902 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas - d 1990 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas) age 27 and Frank Talmage Bell (b. 1891 Louisiana - d. 1934 Ft Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) age 37.

He grew up in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and in Houston, Texas where he attended school. 1935 living in Tract 29, Houston, JP1 Harris County, Texas. 1940 Census age 9 living in Tract 29, Houston, JP1 Harris County, Texas with his mother, stepfather Harry L. Edwards, Harry's mother and the maid. He got his pilot's license at the age of 16. He attended the Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio and graduated in 1948, then the US Naval Academy where he graduated in 1952. Upon his commission as Second Lieutenant he went into the Air Force. Married Jacquelyn Rogers (b. 1936) on 23 December 1952 in Harris County, Texas, they had a daughter Cherlyn Bell born 1954 and a son Wesley Curtis Bell born 1955 both born in Marin County, California. In 1960 he was selected to join the Air Force's Thunderbirds for two years. About December 1965 he was assigned to a US Navy aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in the southwest Pacific as an exchage pilot. "You helped me celebrate my 10th birthday just before we all waved goodbye to you on your carrier, not knowing that it would be our last embrace and farewell." from a son to his daddy in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[AirForce] Major Robert G. Bell O-23271 US Air Force Fixed Wing Fighter Squadron 162 Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany CVA-34 7th Fleet. He was piloting an F-8 Crusader from the carrier Oriskany on 16 May 1965 and landed the aircraft at the Bien Hoa Air Field, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, primarily home to B-57 bombers. He had disembarked the aircraft and had visited with some Air Force pilots near his plane. Then the worst happened, bombs loaded on bombers exploding and setting on fire huge tanks of jet fuel and killing and injuring many airmen. Maj Bell was killed in the explosion, which was officially determined to be accidental. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on Friday 28 May 1965.

DNB 16 May 1965


Staff Sergeant Freddie Allen Bonetti

Freddie Allen Bonetti Sr. born 5 December 1936 Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas to Eva Jiwama Plumley(b.1917 Somervell County, Texas-d.2005 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 19 and Fred Alvin Bonetti.

He lived in Gillespie County as a child then moved to Brady, McCulloch County, Texas with his parents. He joined the National Guard in Brady with the Company C 142nd Infantry 36th Division and trained as a Private First Class at Fort Hood in 1955. He married Ellen Ruth Lloyd(B.1940 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas-d.2015 Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas) and they had two children, infant Freddie Allen Bonetti Jr.(born and died January 1956) and Freida Ruth Bonetti (born 1956 in McCulloch County, Texas). He was in the US Army and served in Germany. Married Helga Luise Zipf in Germany on 23 February 1962 and they had two children, Angelina Helga Bonetti born 1966 in McCulloch County, Texas and Freddie Allen Bonetti III born 1968 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas and died 2013 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, retired after a 20 year Army career. Freddie Sr. was trained as an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist. He left for Vietnam in September 1968, just days after Freddie III was born, and listed his wife Helga of Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact."We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. You shall never be forgotten" from a grateful american in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Freddie Allen Bonetti 25875626 US Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. His Vietnam tour began on 24 September 1968 with the Americal Division. It is not clear whether he was killed in action on 18 January 1969 by small arms fire or by fragments from a mortar shell explosion. Whether he was on patrol or at home base but he was killed in action in the Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas in February 1969.

KIA 18 Jan 1969


Private First Class James P. Boyd

James Paul Boyd born 12 February 1946 in McCulloch County, Texas to Mamie Belle Morris (b. 1924 Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas - d. 1998 Gillespie County, Texas) Age 22 and Lonnie Maxwell Boyd (b. 1919 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas - d. 2001 Tomball, Harris County, Texas) Age 27.

He was living in London, Kimble County, Texas when he was inducted into the Army in late 1965 or early 1966. He married Linda Nell Busby Varnell on 7 July 1966 at El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, they had a son that James never saw or held. He trained at Ft Bliss, El Paso County, Texas as an Automatic Weapons Crewman. He left for Vietnam in November 1966 and listed his wife, Mrs. Linda N. Boyd of Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. "I recieved two letters from him after we were notified he had been killed, they were postmakded [sic] the morning of that day. Those were the two hardest letters I ever had to read. Later on I had them framed and gave them to his son who was 7 days old when JImmy got killed", from a close friend in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Private First Class James P. Boyd 54374545 US Army A Battery 5th Battalion 2nd Artillery Regiment 23rd Artillery Group II Field Force. His Vietnam tour started on 8 November 1966. According to a friend that was there, they were both on guard duty the night James was killed. Pfc Boyd was killed by friendly fire in a "Misadventure" on 7 April 1967 in the Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

KIA 7 Apr 1967


Staff Sergeant David A. Connel

David Arnold Connel born 26 September 1948 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Thelma Lee Herrell (b. 1928 Peacock, Stonewall County, Texas - d. 2002 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 20 and Arnold Barr Connel (b. 1927 Baird, Callahan County, Texas - d. 1987 Clyde, Callahan County, Texas) Age 21.

David attended Clyde Schools in 1960 to 1963. Graduate of Victoria High School about 1966 and attended Victoria College in Victoria, Victoria County, Texas, north of Corpus Christi, and Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. He was inducted into the US Army on 24 February 1969 and went to Vietnam as a Light Weapons Infantryman and listed his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold B. Connel of Wichita Falls, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. "Thanks to every one who remembered him.", from his brother in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Staff Sergeant David A. Connel 463881248 US Army A Company 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile. His Vietnam tour began on 27 February 1970. Sgt Connel was with his unit and operating in the Long Khanh Province, South Vietnam. He was killed in action on 9 October 1970 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Clyde Cemetery at Clyde, Callahan County, Texas on Saturday 17 October 1970. Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart and posthumously promoted.

KIA 9 Oct 1970


Sergeant Eldon W. Cotten

Eldon Wayne Cotten born on 14 January 1951 in Comanche County, Texas to Nella 'Nell' Necessary(b.1931 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas-d.1989 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas)Age 20 and Charlie Albert Cotten(b.1909 Coryell County, Texas-d.1979 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas)Age 42.

Wayne graduated from Comanche High School, as did his fiance Deborah Kay Davis, with the class of 1969. He joined the Army in January 1970 and while he was stationed at Ft Benning, Georgia attending the Non-Commissioned Officer School, he and Deborah were married in Comanche on 31 May 1970. He was trained as a Light Weapons Infantryman.

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[Army] Sergeant Eldon W. Cotten 456900950 US Army HQ & HQ Co 7th Battalion 6th Infantry Regiment 23rd Infantry Division Americal Division. He was stationed at Ft Hood, Texas and on 7 December 1970 was returning to the camp when the 1964 auto he was driving rear-ended a truck and he was killed at two miles south of Goldthwate, Mills County, Texas on highway 183. I did not find any thing to support his ever being in Vietnam. The NARA-AAD  reports his death as a Non-Battle Death "injuries sustained in a vehicle accident (vehicle major cause)". His body was taken to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and burial was in the Sardis Cemetery.

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DNB 7 Dec 1970


Staff Sergeant Claudie Lee Cox

Claudie Lee Cox born 13 May 1944 in Proctor, Comanche County, Texas to Rudie Carolyn Hyatt (b. 1913 Hopkins County, Texas - d. 1999 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 31 and Carl Abraham Cox (b. 1913 Mullin, Mills County, Texas - d. 1988 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 31.

He was born and raised in Proctor, Comanche County, Texas, lived there for nineteen years and attended schools there. His family moved to Dublin, Erath County, Texas about 1963. He joined the Army in 1965 and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Cox of Dublin, Texas as his next of kin contacts. He was trained as a General Vehicle Repairman and went to Vietnam in March 1965. His last visit home was in March 1971. "As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice" from a grateful American in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Claudie Lee Cox 459705904 US Army Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 39th Transportation Battalion, 26th General Support Group, United States Army Support Command (DaNang), 1st Logistical Command. He started his fourth Vietnam tour on 10 March 1971. He was serving with the 39th Trans Bn in the Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. He died on 8 September 1971 reported officially "as died of other causes Accidental Self-Destruction". His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Proctor Cemetery at Proctor, Comanche County, Texas on Thursday 16 September 1971.

DNB 8 Sep 1971


Lance Corporal Raymond R. Delgado

Raymond Rodriguez Delgado born 28 December 1949 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Maria Inez Rodriguez (b. 1914 Mexico - d. 1986 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 35 and Nicholas Rios Delgado (b. 1893 Piedras Negras, Mexico - d. 1974 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 56.

He attended Brownwood High School. Joined the US Marine Corps at Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California in January 1968 and trained as a Rifleman in San Diego, California. He listed his parents, Mr, and Mrs. Nicholas R. Delgado of Brownwood, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. He was sent to Vietnam in July 1968. "While listening to my 78 year old dad's memories, he told the story of Ray Delgado, who he coached on an amateur boys baseball team in Brownwood, TX," from a friend in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Lance Corporal Raymond R. Delgado 2425228 US Marine Corps C Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 14 July 1968 at the Vandergrift Combat Base near Ca Lu, Vietnam. LCpl Delgado was with his unit and conducting a sweep and clear operation in the Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He was killed in action on 1 March 1969 by enemy mortar artillery when a shell fragment struck his head. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on Saturday 15 March 1969.

KIA 1 Mar 1969


Warrant Officer Leonard Eugene Easley

Leonard Eugene 'Gene' Easley born 11 September 1932 in New Mexico to unknown(b. New Mexico-d. Texas) Age unk and Clifford Harold Easley (b. 1911 Endee, Quay County, New Mexico - d. 1978 Amarillo, Potter County, Texas) Age 21.

His father Clifford was living on a ranch and was a ranch cook in Oldham County, Texas per the 1930 census. In 1935 to 1940 census his father Cliff was living with a brother-in-law Loyd Renfro in Amarillo and no mention of Leonard or his mother. Attended Dimmit High School and graduated with the class of 1950. Married Fayrene Elizabeth Greathouse (b. 1933 Dimmitt, Castro County, Texas - d. 2020 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) on 3 May 1951 and they had twin sons. He attended the McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. He was working in Abilene, Texas when he enlisted in the Army in July 1958 and got his basic training in Ft Carson, Colorado. Stationed at Ft Monmouth, New Jersey before going to Germany with the 15th Ordnance Battalion in January 1958 where he graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He was trained at the US Army Primary Helicopter Center in Fort Wolters, Texas as a Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor before going to Vietnam as a Warrant Officer pilot in October 1966 and listed his wife, Mrs. Fayrene Easley of 607 Poplar Drive, Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. "'Gene', as we knew him in Dimmitt high school, was an outstanding athlete, a great bass voice, and an unforgetable gung-ho personality, full of ambition & promise" from a classmate in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Warrant Officer Leonard Eugene Easley W3-154153 US Army 282nd Assault Helicopter Company, 14th Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. His Vietnam tour began on 5 October 1966 at 282 AHC out of Marble Mountain, Da Nang, South Vietnam. During a heavy fire team combat mission on 14 August 1967, he was the aircraft commander of a UH1B gun ship near Tam Ky south of Da Nang when he was shot in the neck by a single shot of small arms fire while flying with the team out of Marble Mountain. The pilot turned back toward medical aid but WO Easley died of the wound enroute. His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DOW 14 Aug 1967


Corporal Eddie Lee Ephraim

Eddie Lee Ephraim born 16 February 1948 in Kaufman County, Texas to Edna Mae Anderson (b. 1928 Peeltown, Kaufman County, Texas - d. 2018 Peeltown, Kaufman County, Texas) Age 20 and John Ephraim Jr.(b.1928 Kaufman County, Texas-d.1996 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 20.

He was born and raised in Kaufman County, Texas moving as a teen to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Attended Brownwood High School. He enlisted in the Army at Brownwood, Texas on 5 July 1967 and received his basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He was trained at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as an Infantryman (Airborne Qualified). He left the US for Vietnam in January 1968. "A friend who was with him the day he died" from a comrade in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Corporal Eddie Lee Ephraim 15775308 US Army C Company 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry 101st Airborne Division. His Vietnam tour began on 9 January 1968 arriving at Da Nang, South Vietnam. Pfc Ephraim was with his unit and conducting a sweep and clear operation in the Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam with him being on the point. He was killed in action on 21 March 1968 by small arms fire from the enemy Viet Cong. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas on Monday 8 April 1968. Posthumous Promotion.

KIA 21 Mar 1968


Hospitalman Everett W. Everett

Everett White 'Bubba' Everett born 28 October 1945 in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas to Lila Gay White (b. 1915 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1982 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 30 and James Cothran Everett (b. 1912 Paris, Lamar County, Texas - d. 1975 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 33.

Everett graduated from the Olden High School in Olden, Eastland County, Texas, where he lived most of his life, with the class of 1963. He was attending East Texas State University at Commerce, Texas completing his junior year when he left to enlist with the Navy. He joined the US Navy on 28 November 1966 in Dallas, Texas and trained as a Navy Hospitalman, listing his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Everett of Box 12 Olden, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. "One of the greatest guys to ever graduate from Olden High School and one of the most looked up too." from a friend in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Navy] Hospitalman Everett White Everett B715673 US Navy H&S Company attached to Company M 3d Battalion 7th Marines Regiment 1st Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 9 May 1968 with the 7th Marines in Danang, Vietnam. HN Everett was with his unit and conducting a sweep and clear patrol in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam during Operation Mameluke Thrust, a US Marine Corps operation that took place in Happy Valley southwest of Danang, lasting from 19 May to 23 October 1968. He was killed in action on 22 July 1968 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 4 August 1968.

KIA 22 Jul 1968


Corporal Jerry Don Giesecke

Jerry Don Giesecke born 30 June 1948 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas to Verlon T. Thorton (b. 1925 Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas - d. 2002 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23 and Chester Amiel Giesecke (b. 1921 Hico, Hamilton County, Texas - 1989 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 27.

Jerry lived in Denver City until 1964 when his family moved to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. He graduated from Comanche High School class of 1966, where his father taught math and where he met his wife to be, Janie. He attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville, Texas for two and a half years, dropping out as a junior due to lack of funds. Married Cynthia Jane Grayson (b.1949 Comanche County, Texas) on 9 August 1968 in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. Inducted into the US Army on 5 June 1969 and received 8 weeks of basic training at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He then was trained as Light Weapons Infantryman for nine weeks at Fort Ord, California before going overseas on 31 October 1969. "Smiling green eyes. Warm heart. Generous soul. Kind spirit. My love. My life. My husband. Too soon gone. Dearly loved. Desperately missed." from his wife in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Corporal Jerry Don Giesecke 466766054 US Army C Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Infantry Regiment 199th Infantry Brigade. His Vietnam tour began on 1 November 1969 at the Army Base near Cam Tam, Vietnam. Cpl Giesecke was with his unit and conducting a sweep and clear operation in the Long Khanh Province, South Vietnam. He was killed in action on 18 December 1969 by "Misadventure (Friendly Fire↗)" dying from "Multiple Fragmentation Wounds" of a mortar shell explosion. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on Friday 26 December 1969. Posthumously Promoted.

KIA 18 Dec 1969


Seaman James Kenneth Gray

James Kenneth Gray born 17 December 1943 in McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas to Alpha Omega Savage (b. 1911 McClain County, Oklahoma - d. 1997 Quay County, New Mexico) Age 32 and Rufus Theodore Gray (b. 1907 Matoy, Oklahoma - d. 1983 Stamford Haskell County, Texas) Age 36.

James was born and raised in McAllen and attended schools there. His family moved to Lubbock in 1955 and while he was in a Lubbock High School in 1961 he quit to go to work, at 17 years of age. He hired on with the Southern Union Gas Company in New Mexico and he lived in Happy, Randall County, Texas. Then on 19 November 1963 he joined the US Navy. His parents moved to Carbon, Eastland County, Texas in 1964. He was trained as a seaman and assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, and he listed is parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus T. Gray of Carbon, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country and for the sacrifice of your precious life." from a grateful American in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Navy] Seaman James Kenneth Gray 6982787 US Navy USS Oriskany CVA-34 Task Force 77, 7th Fleet. Oriskany departed San Diego for her second Vietnam deployment, and third wartime deployment, on 26 May 1966. The carrier arrived on station off the coast of Vietnam a few weeks later, and commenced operations in support of operations in Vietnam. The 1966 USS Oriskany Fire↗ was a major fire that broke out aboard the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany on the morning of 26 October 1966. The fire broke out after a lit flare was locked in a flare locker. The fire killed 44 people, mostly air crew, and injured 156 more. Seaman Gray was killed in the fire by asphyxiation and his body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Aztec Cemetery in Aztec, San Juan County, New Mexico on Sunday 30 October 1966.

DNB 26 Oct 1966


Lance Corporal Douglas Holtz Griffin

Douglas Holtz Griffin born 30 December 1947 in Brawley, Imperial County, California to Bessie Grace Holtz (b. 1925 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas - d. 2013 La Vernia, Wilson County, Texas) Age 22 and Juddy Weldon Griffin (b. 1909 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas - d. 1985 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas) Age 38.

Douglas lived in Coleman County, Texas most of his life. He was graduated from Coleman High School with the class of 1966. He played football there his junior and senior years, and in his senior year was named the outstanding lineman. He was a member of the Coleman Church of Christ. He enlisted in the Marines 7 July 1966, at Abilene, received his basic training at San Diego, attended a supply school in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, then was transferred to Albany, Georgia where he volunteered for service in Vietnam. He left for Vietnam in October 1967. "I remember he would see how many push ups he could achieve during the 2-3 minute commercials as we watch television." from a cousin in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Lance Corporal Douglas Holtz Griffin 2238513 US Marine Corps D Company 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 26 October 1967 with the 7th Marines in Danang, Vietnam. LCpl Griffin was with his unit and conducting a sweep and night patrol in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam during a US Marine Corps operation that took place in Happy Valley southwest of Danang. He was killed in action on 6 February 1968 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Coleman City Cemetery at Coleman, Coleman County, Texas.

KIA 6 Feb 1968


Private First Class James T. Griffin Jr.

James Thornwell Griffin Jr. born on 31 July 1948 in Bell County, Texas to Lula Mae Williams and James Thornwell Griffin Sr.(b.1919 Cameron, Milam County, Texas-d.1969 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 29.

Reared by his grandmother, Mrs Pearl Ella Carter, in Cameron, Milam County, Texas most of his life. Graduated from O. J. Thomas High School of Cameron, Texas in May 1967. His father and mother resided in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Joined the US Army in October 1967 and trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana and left for Vietnam on 20 March 1968. "You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in." from a comrade in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Private First Class James T. Griffin Jr. 15809622 US Army A Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division was fighting the hostile Vietcong enemy near Chu Lai in the Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam when he was killed in action on 24 August 1968 by small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and interred in the Cameron Rest Cemetery at Cameron, Milam County, Texas on Tuesday 10 September 1968. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 24 Aug 1968


Private First Class Lowell Ray Hanson

Lowell Ray Hanson born 30 April 1948 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas to Peggy Louise Northcutt (b. 1924 Hasse, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1999 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 24 and Clifton Lacy 'Sam' Hanson (b. 1923 Proctor, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1989 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 25.

He was raised in Stephenville and in California. He entered Stephenville High School s a sophomore and graduated from SHS with the class of 1966. He attended the Tarleton State College in Stephenville, Texas. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 15 February 1968. He received his basic training and trained as a Rifleman at the Marine Base in San Diego, California. He left for Vietnam in July 1968."Although I never knew you well, we were in school together for a time. I remember a quiet, polite boy with bright blue eyes and black hair" from a friend in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Private First Class Lowell Ray Hanson 2383131 US Marine Corps K Company 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division. His first and only tour in Vietnam began on 30 July 1968 when he arrived at the Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. He and three comrades were together at the Marine Corps's Vandegrift Combat Base, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam on 16 August 1968, reportedly engaging in horseplay, when the accidental discharge of a grenade occured. Two Marines were killed outright and two were seriously wounded. Pfc Hanson was one wounded and was medivaced to the hospital ship USS Repose where he died five days later on 21 August 1968 of the wounds. His body was repatriated to America and buried in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on Sunday 8 September 1968.

DNB 21 Aug 1968


Specialist Sixth Class Richard Farley Heath

Richard Farley Heath born 20 November 1947 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Dona Lillian Young (b. 1913 McCaulley, Fisher County, Texas - d. Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas) Age 34 and Martin Lewis Heath (b.1913 Denison, Grayson County. Texas - d. 1997 Brown County, Texas) Age 34.

He was raised in Goldthwaite and attended school there. He graduated from Goldthwaite High School class of 1966. He enlisted in the Army the same month that he graduated, May 1966. He received his basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana then went to helicopter school at Fort Rucker, Alabama and trained as a crew chief. After he completed the school at Ft Rucker he was sent to Vietnam for a tour plus volunteering for six month extension. Then he came home for a 30 day leave plus some four months at Ft Carson, Colorado. He reenlisted for another Vietnam tour plus volunteering for six month extension. He went to Vietnam in January 1969 qualified as an Aircraft Quality Control Supervisor. "I was very proud to have you serve as my Tech-Inspector. You never had a helicopter go down for mechanical problems." from a comrade in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Specialist Sixth Class Richard Farley Heath 462726406 US Army Company C 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion 11th Aviation Group 1st Cavalry Division AirMobile. His second tour in Vietnam began on 8 January 1969. He was in a base camp in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam near Cambodia. The camp came under an artillery attack by the enemy, described as a rocket attack, on 3 April 1970. He was seriously wounded and was medivaced out of the base to a field hospital. He was then transported to the 249th General Hospital at Camp Drake, Japan on 5 April 1970. He remained in that hospital until he died on 13 April 1970. His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery at Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas on Tuesday 19 April 1970.

DOW 13 Apr 1970


Staff Sergeant George Richard Henson

George Richard Henson born on 28 August 1944 at Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska to Betty Josephine Leppert(b.28 August 1922 • Rubio, Washington County, Iowa-d.1 July 2013 • Texas City, Galveston County, Texas)Age 22 and George Lafayette Henson(b.14 August 1908 • Texas-d.5 November 1961 • San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas)Age 36.

He attended San Angelo Central High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1962 and was on this fifth tour of duty in Vietnam at the time of his death. His hometown was listed as San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas where his mother, Mrs. Betty L. Mason, resided. He had two uncles residing in Comanche County, Texas where he was buried, Willie Mac and James Roy Henson. He was trained as a Cannon Crewmember. "Best platoon and leader,he always showed by example. He will always be remembered." from a grateful comrade in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Staff Sergeant George Richard Henson 505544509 US Army Company D 17TH Infantry, Army Spt Cmd Cam Ranh Bay, 1st Log Cmd Vietnam. He had recently completed six months of his Fifth one year duty there which began on 17 November 1971. He was killed 23 June 1972 when a grenade was mishandled. "Non-hostile, died outright from other causes 6 km southeast of Suoi Doi Airfield, Pleiku Province, South Vietnam." His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Newburg Cemetery at Newburg, Comanche County, Texas on Monday 3 July 1972. Bronze Star Medal with two Oakleaf Clusters awarded in 1970.

DNB 23 Jun 1972


Private First Class John Bill Higginbotham

John Bill Higginbotham born 24 December 1948 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas to Peggy Delores Moore (b. 1930 San Saba, San Saba County, Texas - d. 2014 Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas) Age 18 and Warren G. Higginbotham (b. 1926 Tahoka, Lynn County, Texas - d. 1984 San Saba County, Texas) Age 22.

He was born and raised in San Saba, attended schools and church there. He was a graduate of San Saba High School class of 1969. He wanted to enlist in the US Marine Corps before graduating and changed his mind, but the Marines inducted him on 9 June 1969 and sent him to the Marine Recruit Depot, Camp Pendleton, California for his basic training. He was trained by the Marines as an Assaultman and went to Vietnam in January 1970. "It was a powerful moment in my life that moved me to tears as I realized what you and the countless others named there had died for" from a classmate in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Private First Class John Bill Higginbotham 463868660 US Marine Corps B Company 1st Battalion 7th Marine Assault Force 1st Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 27 January 1970 on touchdown at Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. He was assigned to B Company at Fire Base Ross in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. Pfc Higginbotham was with his 2nd platoon and conducting a patrol and clear operation, 12 miles from base, along a trail close to the south bank of the Ly Ly river when the NVA caught the platoon in an arranged ambush. He was killed in action on 12 February 1970 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the San Saba City Cemetery at San Saba, San Saba County, Texas on Thursday 19 February 1970.

KIA 12 Feb 1970


Major Phillip H. Holmes Jr.

Phillip Hease Holmes Jr. born on 9 September 1934 in Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana to Mavis Varnado(b.1914 Hackley, Washington Parish, Louisiana-d.1996 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) Age 20 and Phillip Hease Holmes Sr.(b.1912 Mississippi-d.1986 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) Age 22.

1935 living in Franklinton, Ward3 Washington Parish, Louisiana. 1940 census Age 5 living with his parents and a brother in Franklinton, Ward3 Washington Parish, Louisiana. His family moved to Baton Rouge where he graduated from Baton Rouge High School and then attended Louisiana State University as well as the University of Texas. Joined the Army in 1955. Married Miss Barbara Ann Green of Richland Springs, Texas on 8 June 1956 and they had three sons. They were stationed in Germany when he was ordered to Fort Riley, Kansas for deployment to Vietnam about September 1965. Barbara and the boys moved to Brownwood, Texas which is close to her parents home in Richland Springs. "Philip H Holmes, Jr. was my uncle. I salute you and many others like you who made the ultimate sacrifice so that our freedom is preserved. You live in our memories and are never forgotten." from a niece in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Major Phillip H. Holmes Jr. O-4031231 US Army A Company 1st Aviation Battalion 1st Infantry Division and Rotary Wing Unit Commander was piloting an armed helicopter on an escort mission for a flight of troop carrier choppers near Xa Tan Khsi, South Vietnam on 8 June 1966. He received information that a motor convoy had received Vietcong fire from a roadblock, Maj Holmes got permission to fly to the aid of the convoy. Maj Holmes delivered supressive fire on the Vietcong on four low level passes, but on the fourth pass he was critically wounded by small arms fire but maintained control of the aircraft as long as he could. He was killed in this gallant action in the Binh Long Province, South Vietnam. Maj Holmes' body was recovered and repatriated to America and interred in the Baton Rouge National Cemetery at Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana on or about 20 June 1966. Silver Star↙ and Purple Heart.

KIA 8 Jun 1966


Private First Class Gary Lynn James

Gary Lynn James born 5 August 1943 in Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas to Madie Willie Owen (b. 1912 Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas - d. Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas) Age 31 and I. O. James (b. 1913 Trickham, Coleman County, Texas - d. 1971 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas) Age 32.

He was born and raised in Santa Anna and attended schools there. He was working in Brownwood when he entered the Army in June 1966 and went to Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas for basic training. He was small in statue so the Army trained him at Fort Polk, Louisiana as a Light Weapons Infantryman and a "tunnel rat". "I will never forget the day the news came that he had been killed. The hurt and sadness sweep through our family. He is missed by all that shared love for him." from a cousin in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Private First Class Gary Lynn James 18765550 US Army B Company 1st Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division. His Vietnam tour began 11 December 1966. He was assigned to 8th Infantry in the Pleiku Province, South Vietnam and operated as a tunnel rat at first, and saw much action. Then in March he was the point man in his recon platoon. About 1 April 1967 he was wounded in action by enemy mortar fire and returned to duty after 4 weeks. He was on perimeter defense in the Ia Drang Valley on 20 May 1967 when he suffered multiple fragmentation wounds to his right side from enemy mortar fire. He stayed in the line fighting the enemy until after all of the other wounded were medivaced. Then he was choppered 350 miles to the US Military Hospital at Nha Trang, South Vietnam where he died of his wounds on 29 May 1967. His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Santa Anna Cemetery at Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas on Friday 9 June 1967. Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

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Specialist Fifth Class Arthur Earl Keesee

Arthur Earl Keesee born 26 December 1947 San Diego, San Diego County, California to Pauline Mae Farris (b. 1926 Eastport, Washington County, Maine - d. Boulder, Bolder County, Colorado) Age 21 and Earl Coleman Keesee (b. 1924 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 1988 Bexar County, Texas) Age 23.

His father was a career military man so he was raised as a "military brat" in several US states plus Okinawa, Japan where he graduated from the Kubasaki High School in Okinawa in 1965. He joined the Army in January 1965 after his graduation. His paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Arthur Keese, lived in Brownwood, Texas. He was trained as a UH-1 Helicopter Repairer (Flight Qualified). "I will never forget you, and I thank you for your sacrifice." from a cousin in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Specialist Fifth Class Arthur Earl Keesee 10121774 US Army 170th Assualt Helicopter Company 52nd Aviation Battalion 17th Aviation Group 1st Aviation Brigade. His Vietnam tour began 1 October 1966, so I believe he had volunteered for a couple of extensions. He and his crew were flying a recon mission on 13 November 1968 for armed escort of friendly ground forces. While in the target area this UH-1 helicopter was attacking at 250 feet and 95 knots and was shot down by small arms fire 11 km west of An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam. The crash killed the pilot and SP5 Keesee. His body was recovered and was repatriated to America and buried in the Glendale Cemetery at Louisville, Cass County, Nebraska on Tuesday 26 November 1968.

KIA 13 Nov 1968


Lance Corporal Michael Christopher Kinsey

Michael Christopher Kinsey born 19 December 1948 in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas to Inez Faye Smith (b. 1914 Bethel Community, San Saba County, Texas - d. 2004 Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas) Age 34 and Cecil Carroll Kinsey (b.1916 Buffalo Springs, Clay County, Texas - d. 1997 Temple, Bell County, Texas) Age 32.

He was born in Hillsboro, and raised in Star, Mills County and Hamilton, Hamilton County. He attended school in Star and Hamilton. He enlisted in the Marines in about November 1966 and was sent for eight weeks of basic training to the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, California which he finished by the end of January 1967 and listed his mother, Mrs. Inez F. Kinsey of Star, Texas, as his next of kin contact. (His mother had just remarried to Dick Spaeth the month before Michael was killed in Vietnam). He was trained as a Marine rifleman during 1967 and sent to Vietnam in August 1967. "I miss you and think of you every day. You are a shining example of America's best. Semper Fi." from a sister in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Lance Corporal Michael Christopher Kinsey 2303465 US Marine Corps Headquarters & Service Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines Regiment 1st Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 15 August 1967 when he landed in Da Nang, South Vietnam. He was with his unit in the vicinity of Hue City, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam when he was killed in action on 18 February 1968 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Hurst Ranch Cemetery, 1.5 miles east of Star, Texas, in Hamilton County, Texas on Saturday 9 March 1968.

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Specialist Fifth Class Brit P. Lemmons

Brit Page Lemmons born 13 May 1943 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lola Estelle Page (b. 1911 Brown County, Texas - d. 2005 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 32 and Delmer Carver Lemmons (b. 1908 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 1975 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 35.

Brit was born and raised in Brownwood and attended schools there. He graduated from Brownwood High School with the class of 1961. He joined the Army after his graduation. He married Miss Wanda L. Wheeler of Tulsa, Oklahoma in Oct 1963 in Manhattan, Kansas. He served in the Army for six years with stateside stations, such as Ft Riley, Kansas and Ft Campbell, Kentucky, 18 Months in Korea and two years in Germany. He was a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator as he volunteered for a tour in Vietnam and went there in June 1967. "Brit, You never got the chance to be an old friend, but you were a young hero." from a friend in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Specialist Fifth Class Brit P. Lemmons 18634300 US Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company 39th Engineer Battalion, 45th Engineer Group 18th Engineer Brigade. His tour in Vietnam began on 9 June 1967 when he first arrived at Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. He was working with his 39th Engineers on 10 September 1967 at an air base near Kuay Tri, South Vietnam. He was involved in a heavy equipment loader accident with another piece of equipment and he was ran over and killed in the mishap. His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Jenkins Springs Cemetery at Early, Brown County, Texas on Wednesday 20 September 1967.

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Sergeant First Class Bobby Weldon Letbetter

Bobby Weldon Letbetter born 19 September 1934 in Mills County, Texas to Vera Alyne Slider (b. 1910 Ironton, Cherokee County, Texas - d. 1989 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) age 24 and Henry Carlton Letbetter (b. 1910 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1992 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) age 24.

1935 Living in JP1 Mills County, Texas. 1940 Census age 5 living in JP1 Mills County, Texas with his parents and a sister. Bobby was born and raised in Mills County and he was a 1953 graduate of Goldthwaite High School and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Married to Marie and they had two children, Bobby and Sharon. He joined the Army in December 1954 and received his basic training at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas. In June 1955 he was assigned as a Private to the 11th Airborne Division at Ft Campbell, Kentucky. The Private graduated from the Airborne Parachute Rigger School at Ft Lee, Virginia in Nov 1955. Specialist 5th Letbetter was transferred from Ft Campbell to Augsburg, Germany in March 1956 with his wife. Assigned to Ft Bragg, North Carolina with his family as a Golden Knight team member. He participated in world competition as a member of the Golden Knights Parachute Team during March and April 1965 in Lincoln, California, and they set 93 world records. He was a Light Weapons Infantryman (Airborne Qualified) and went to Vietnam in October 1966. "Not only did Bobby serve his country with the utmost loyalty & sacrifice, he also served as an ambassador to the world, as a member of the United States Army Parachute Team 'Golden Knights.'" from the team in a remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Sergeant First Class Bobby Weldon Letbetter 54148152 US Army 3rd Platoon C Company 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry Regiment Infantry 1st Cavalry Division AirMobile. His tour in Vietnam began on 20 October 1966. He was with the 3rd Platoon and they were on a recon patrol through a valley in the Pleiku Province, South Vietnam heading to the command post. The platoon was ambushed by the enemy and there were many casualties. Sfc Letbetter was killed in action on 21 November 1966 by a gunshot from an enemy small arms weapon during the ambush. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Arlington National Cemetery at Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia on Friday 2 December 1966. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.

KIA 21 Nov 1966


Captain Burton Kyle McCord

Burton Kyle McCord born 28 June 1941 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Jimma Lou Favor (b. 1920 Holt, San Saba County, Texas - d. 2010 Austin, Travis County, Texas) Age 21 and Alonzo Kyle McCord (b. 1904 Yoakum, Lavaca County, Texas - d. 1971 Cleveland, Liberty County, Texas) Age 36.

Burton was born and raised in Brady and graduated from Brady High School class of 1959 as the class' Valedictorian and he was a very good athlete. He was appointed to the US Military Academy in the class of 1963, where he graduated on 5 June 1963 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Armored Division. He was assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. Married Eddie Carol Stone on 16 October 1963 in Memphis and they have two children Michael K. and Tracy S. He served in West Germany at the Russian border while on a six weeks temporary duty in Europe. He was later trained in jungle warfare in Panama, airborne school at Ft Benning, Georgia, Special Forces school at Ft Bragg, North Carolina, and language school at Monterey, California. First Lieutenant McCord was sent to Vietnam in July 1965 with the Special Forces (Ranger Qual) Green Berets as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Army cavalry unit. "We played football together, were on the track team together" from a West Point buddy in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Captain Burton Kyle McCord O-98828 US Army 4th Army of the Republic of Vietnam Cavalry, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command Vietnam Advisors, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. 1st Lt McCord's Vietnam tour began on 30 July 1965 when he landed at the Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. He was there with the Green Berets as an advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam aka the South Vietnamese military. He served as an Armored Recon Unit Commander. On the day he was killed, 14 April 1966, he was in his tank repulsing an enemy attack, when he was killed instantly by a sniper in (Province not reported) South Vietnam. Captain Burton K McCord was twice awarded the Silver Star Medal for conspicuous gallantry in action. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Arlington National Cemetery at Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia on Friday 22 April 1966. Silver Star with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medals. Posthumously promoted to Captain.

KIA 14 Apr 1966


Specialist Fourth Class Douglas P. McCorkle Jr.

Douglas Presley McCorkle Jr. born 9 September 1950 in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas to Ila Madeene Bagwell (b. 1928 Antlers, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma - d. 2017 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 22 and Douglas Presley McCorkle Sr. (b. 1922 Lueders, Jones County, Texas - d. 2003 Stamford, Jones County, Texas) Age 28.

He was born in Coleman and raised in Jones County and attended Lueders and Stamford Schools. He graduated from the Abilene High School with the class of 1969. He joined the Army after graduating. He was trained as a Wheeled Tractor Operator and sent to Vietnam in January 1970. "It was my honor to have served with you. We always picked and laughed together when we had the opportunity to do so." from an Army buddy in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Specialist Fourth Class Douglas P. McCorkle Jr. 463864578 US Army B Company 554th Engineer Battalion 79th Engineer Group 20th Engineer Brigade. His tour in Vietnam began on Monday 5 January 1970 when he landed at the Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. Lai Khe Base Camp was an Army of the Republic of Vietnam 'ARVN' and U.S. Army base located along Highway 13 to the northwest of Saigon, South Vietnam. On April 25, 1970, the base was hit by enemy rocket fire. One of the rockets slammed into the barracks occupied by engineers from B Company, 554th Engineer Battalion. Three were killed in the blast, including Sp4 McCorkle. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Highland Cemetery at Stamford, Haskell County, Texas on Friday 1 May 1970. Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medals.

KIA 25 Apr 1970


Lance Corporal James Elmer McWhorter

James Elmer McWhorter born on 7 June 1949 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Anna Lee Horton(b.1915 Locker, San Saba County, Texas-d.1993 Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon)Age 34 and Arthur Norman McWhorter(b.1914 Center City, Mills County, Texas-d.1997 Temple, Bell County, Texas)Age 35.

He was born in Brownwood and raised in Blanket and he attended school in Blanket, Brown County, Texas. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps on September 16, 1968 in Portland Oregon. Married to Julia K Logan in 1968 in Washington state. At the time of his death she was on record as residing in Carson, Nevada, but one newspaper had her in Oklahoma. His mother, Mrs Anna L Goss, was residing at Box 1101, Blanket, Brown County, Texas when notified of his death. He had been trained as a rifleman before he was sent to Vietnam. "Stoney, we still all miss you and think of you often." from an Army buddy in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. .

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[Marines] Lance Corporal James Elmer McWhorter 2492266 US Marine Corps, Squad Leader Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force. His tour in Vietnam began on 19 March 1969 when he landed at the Da Nang Airfield, South Vietnam. He was killed in gallant and heroic action on 22 August 1969 while rescuing wounded comrades at west end of Mutters Ridge, 6 km south-southest of Lang Cam village, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He was mortally wounded by small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Sipe Springs Cemetery at Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas on Friday 5 September 1969. Navy Cross and the Purple Heart Medals.

KIA 22 Aug 1969


Corporal Louie Synder Parham

Louie Synder 'Bubba' Parham born 26 August 1943 in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana to Bevie Oleta DePrang (b. 1911 Coleman County, Texas - d. 1996 Runnels County, Texas) Age 32 and Louie Blanton 'Bill' Parham (b. 1915 Louisiana - d. 1973 Coleman County, Texas) Age 28.

Louie was born and raised in Louisiana, moving to the Novice area in about 1953. He was a graduate of Novice High School class of 1961. He was in the National Guard of Coleman and was released so he could enlist in the US Marines upon returning from his senior class trip. He was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego and received his boot training there. Trained in Camp Pendleton, California as a Marine Rifleman and also received his combat infantry training there completing all on 7 October 1961. He was sent to the South China Sea, where he was stationed for 14 months before his scheduled discharge in June 1965. Instead, he volunteered for several months of combat duty in Vietnam changing his scheduled discharge to August 1965. His parents were opposed to the US involvment in the Vietnam War and his decision to extend his enlistment. "A brave Marine that served his country." from a fellow Marine in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Corporal Louie Synder Parham 1955704 US Marine Corps 1st Platoon I Company 3rd Battalion 9th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 8 March 1965, the day he landed in country. Cpl Louie S. Parham and LCpl Robert J. Achas were riflemen serving with 1st Platoon. On 14 March 1965, they were at an outpost on Hill 271 in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when they and another Marine were tasked with investigating a noise. While returning to the outpost, the three were fired on by another Marine on the hill with a M14 rifle. Both Achas and Parham were critically wounded, and the third man suffered only minor injuries. A medevac was requested to their location. Cpl Parham was hit three times, including in the abdomen and groin. He underwent 6½ hours of surgery by three attending surgeons at Zui Tan ARVN Hospital. He was transferred the following day to the 8th Army Field Hospital at Nha Trang where he died on 16 March 1965 due to the "Misadventure (Friendly Fire)." His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Atoka Cemetery at Novice, Coleman County, Texas on Wednesday 24 March 1965.

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Corporal Willard Alton Perry Jr.

Willard Alton Perry Jr. born 24 March 1948 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lavonia Ruth Crenshaw (b. 1928 Voss, Coleman County, Texas - d. 1997 Brookesmith, Brown County, Texas) Age 20 and Willard Alton Perry Sr. (b. 1921 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 1970 Temple, Bell County, Texas) 27.

Willard was raised in Brownwood and attended Brownwood High School. He joined the Army in June 1967 while employed at an ambulance company. He was sent to Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas for basic training and then to Ft Polk, Louisiana. Married Violet Mae Conner (b. 1948 Plainview, Hale County, Texas - d. 1975 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) on 26 June 1957 in Brown County, Texas. He was trained as a Light Weapons Infantryman and sent to Vietnam in December 1967. "Willard Perry was a friend of my uncle in Vietnam. They were both KIA on the same day." from a grateful person in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Corporal Willard Alton Perry Jr. 15775224 US Army B Company 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division. His tour in Vietnam began on 22 December 1967 upon arrival in South Vietnam. He was with his unit on 29 April 1968 southeast of Tan Tru, Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam in close combat with the enemy when he was killed in a heroic action by "Multiple Fragmentation Wounds" caused by an enemy grenade. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on Saturday 18 May 1968. Posthumously Promoted and awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

KIA 29 Apr 1968


First Lieutenant Robert Dale Pope

Robert Dale Pope born 30 January 1940 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas to Bobbie Lee Bassett (b. 1915 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas - d 1999 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas) Age 25 and Robert Henry Pope (b. 1912 Burkett, Coleman County, Texas - d. 1983 Waco, McLennan County, Texas) Age 28.

Robert was born and raised in Coleman and attended schools there. He joined the Army in 1957 and finished his high school education while in the Army at Fort Campbell. He married Mary Catherine Bruce on 14 August 1960 in Spottsville, Kentucky. He was stationed in Germany for three years where their son Robert Warren Pope was born 1963 in Mainz, Germany. They have two daughters Kathy June Pope born 1961 Bell County, Texas and Constance Yvonne Pope. He attended officer Candidate School at Ft Benning, Georgia and graduated with honors on 22 September 1966 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant. Trained as an Infantry Unit Commander (Ranger Qual). "It is hard to be so very young when your daddy dies. I was only three years old when he was killed in action." from a daughter in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] First Lieutenant Robert Dale Pope O-5331936 US Army Advisor Team 75, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. 1Lt Pope arrived in Vietnam on 23 August 1967 to begin a tour as an advisor. He was a mentor to both Americans and South Vietnamese. He was with team 75 in the Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam on 26 March 1968 when he was killed in action by "Multiple Fragmentation Wounds" from an enemy grenade. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Coleman City Cemetery at Coleman, Coleman County, Texas on Sunday 7 April 1968.

KIA 26 Mch 1968


Private First Class Edward Ramos

Edward Cisneros Ramos born 15 January 1946 in Tye, Taylor County, Texas to Juanita Cisneros (b. 1910 Monterey, Mexico - d. Dec 1965 Baird, Callahan County, Texas) Age 36 and Ysidro Ramos (b. 1903 Villaldama, New Leon, Mexico - d. 1955 Clyde, Callahan County, Texas) Age 43.

Edward was born in Tye, Taylor County and raised in Clyde, Callahan County and attended schools there. He volunteered for service in the Marines in December 1964 half way through his senior year at Clyde High School. The Marines enlisted him on 12 January 1965 at the Dallas Recruiting Office. He was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego for his basic training. He was sent home on emergency leave December 1965 for his mother's funeral. He was trained as a Marine Rifleman and went to Vietnam in a Special Landing Force in September 1966. "You were a great friend and a mighty football player. My heart broke when I heard about your death." from a team mate in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Private First Class Edward Ramos 2124837 US Marine Corps A Company 1st Battalion 26th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division. Operation Deckhouse IV was an operation conducted by the Special Landing Force, Battalion Landing Team of the 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment in the eastern Demilitarized Zone, Quang Tri Province lasting from 15 to 18 September 1966. Pfc Ramos was killed in action on 17 September 1966 by enemy small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Eula Cemetery at Eula, Callahan County, Texas on Tuesday 27 September 1966.

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Private First Class Joe Reyna Jr.

Joseph Patrick Reyna aka Joe Reyna Jr. born 29 May 1946 in Harris County, Texas to P. Guadalupe Gomez(b.1920 -d.1978) Age 26 and Joe Reyna(b.1919- d.1972 Harris County, Texas) Age 27.

Living with his uncle Jesse Garza at Cherokee, Texas when he was inducted into the Army. Trained at Fort Hood, Bell County, Texas. He married Mary H. Flores on 4 March 1970 in Bell County, Texas just a few days before being sent to Vietnam. He was trained as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist and went to Vietnam in March 1970. "Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call." from a grateful american in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Private First Class Joe Reyna Jr. 462663009 US Army A Troop 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry Americal Division. His tour in Vietnam began on 21 March 1970. Pfc Reyna was with his unit and conducting a sweep and clear patrol in the Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. He was killed in action on 9 August 1970 during a recon and had tripped two anti-tank mines while dismounted 8 km E-SE of Que Son, officially "Other Explosive Device Booby Trap". His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Bellwood Memorial Park at Temple, Bell County, Texas. Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 9 Aug 1970


Private First Class Larry Joe Rodgers

Larry Joe Rodgers born 3 November 1947 in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas to Virgie Ruth Shumate Burrow (b. 1928 Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas) Age 19 and Billy Joe Rodgers (b. 1929 Oklahoma - d. 1958 Houston, Harris County, Texas) Age 18.

Larry was born and raised in Waxahachie and attended schools there, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Burrow, moved to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas about 1965. He graduated from Ranger High School with the class of 1967. He joined the US Marine Corps in July 1967 and was given a medical leave prior to his reporting at the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, California on 13 July 1967. He received Marine combat training at Camp Pendleton, California and was trained as a Marine Rifleman and sent to Vietnam in December 1967. "Larry Joe, you are our hero from Ranger. I remember you from high school. Thank you for your service and RIP. I live next door to your dear mother. She loved you so much." from a grateful school mate in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Marines] Private First Class Larry Joe Rodgers 2353911 US Marine Corps D Company 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division. His Vietnam tour began on 16 December 1967 the day he landed in country. On the afternoon of 17 March 1968, during Operation WORTH in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, Pfc Rodgers' company was assaulting a large, well entrenched NVA force. As the Marines maneuvered forward, they began receiving intense automatic weapons, mortar and anti-tank rocket fire. In the initial burst of fire, all members of the lead squad's machine gun team were wounded. Disregarding his own safety. Pfc Rodgers seized the weapon and immediately began delivering a heavy volume of fire against the enemy positions, which enabled his unit to maneuver to covered positions. Ignoring the hostile fire impacting around him, he resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position and continued firing the weapon for ten minutes until he was mortally wounded by enemy automatic weapons fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Hillcrest Burial Park Cemetery at Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas on Thursday 28 March 1968. Silver Star, Purple Heart, Vietnam Military Merit and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

KIA 17 Mch 1968


Specialist 4th Grade Danny Ray Scott

Danny Ray Scott born on 27 August 1948 at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Katherine Louise Glasgow(b.1927 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas-d.1996 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas)Age 21 and Daniel Emmitt Scott(b.1925 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas-d. 1981 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas)Age 23.

Danny was born and raised in Comanche County, Texas. He graduated from Sidney High School class of 1967 and then he attended Temple College in the fall of 1967. He was working for the Bell Telephone Company in Fort Worth before his induction into the Army in 1968. He was trained as a Light Weapons Infantryman before being sent to Vietnam in September 1968. "I have fond memories of Danny Ray when we would visit my grandparents in Sidney, TX." from a grateful friend in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Specialist 4th Grade Danny Ray Scott 54388696 US Army Company C 3rd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division. His Vietnam tour began on 19 September 1968 the day he landed in country. On 7 January 1969 a platoon from C Company, 3/22nd Infantry, was engaged northeast of Tay Ninh City, about 8 miles from the Cambodian border. Five men died in the firefight and a sixth died three days afterwards from wounds received. SP4 Scott was killed in the action. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Pendergrass Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas on Monday 20 January 1969. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart.

KIA 7 Jan 1969


Sergeant Morgan Eugene Stewart

Morgan Eugene Stewart born 14 February 1943 in Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas to Alva Oleta Power (b. 1917 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 2001 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 26 and Fisher Morgan Stewart (b. 1918 Bibby, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1971 Big Springs, Howard County, Texas) Age 25.

Morgan was born in Roscoe, moved to Comanche as an infant and raised in De Leon since age of ten and attended school there. He moved to Odessa to find work in the oilfields in that area. He married Nancy Clarice Dart (b. 1945 Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico d. 2019 Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico) on 25 April 1964. He was drafted into the Army in September 1966 while in Odessa. He completed eight weeks of basic training at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 15 December 1966 and was assigned there for advanced training, while his wife resided at Mayhill, New Mexico. He was trained as a Field Artillery Crewman and sent to Vietnam in February 1967. "I appreciate more and more each day the ultimate sacrifice you made for your country." from an airman in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Sergeant Morgan Eugene Stewart 54382291 US Army B Battery 1st Battalion 77th Artillery Regiment 1st Cavalry Division. His Vietnam tour of duty began on 7 February 1967 when he landed in country. He had almost finished a year of duty in Vietnam, and was at Landing Zone Leslie (also known as Firebase Leslie or Hill 138) a U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base located in the Que Son Valley southwest of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam. The base was located along Route 534, approximately twenty miles northwest of Tam Ky. On the early morning of 3 January 1968, the North Vietnamese Army’s 3rd Regiment, 2nd Division attacked four U.S. firebases in the Que Son Valley, launching ground attacks against Leslie and Firebase Ross. At Leslie the NVA penetrated the base, attacking bunkers with flamethrowers and satchel charges before being pushed out in the afternoon. Losses were 15 U.S. killed, including Sgt Stewart. Sgt Stewart's body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Carlsbad Cemetery at Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico on Saturday 13 January 1968 after funeral services in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on Friday 12 January 1968.

KIA 3 Jan 1968


Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer Michael Autrey Teague

Michael Autrey Teague born 18 December 1944 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Nancy Lee Fisk (b. 1916 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 1998 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 28 and Autrey Wilson Teague (b. 1914 Star, Mills County, Texas - d. 1987 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 30.

Michael was born and raised in Brownwood and attended school there. He graduated from Brownwood High School class of 1963. He attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville and Angelo State College in San Angelo, studying to be a medical technician. He studied in the Baylor Medical Center Xray school in Dallas. He married Marilyn R. Wahl on 18 December 1965 in Dallas, Texas and they had a son. He joined the Navy Reserve at San Angelo in 1965 and was activated for duty in January 1966 and sent to San Diego, Camp Pendleton, then to Buford, South Carolina until December 1967. He was trained as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. From there he went to Okinawa and then to Vietnam in April 1968. "Meet your great granddaughter. She found your name on the wall today." from a granddaughter in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Navy] Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer Michael Autrey Teague 9193333 US Navy with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade. His tour in Vietnam began on 15 April 1968 when he first landed in country. On 2 May 1968, while attacking a numerically superior NVA force occupying the village of Dinh To, Quang Tri Province, company G came under intense, accurate sniper fire and sustained numerous casualties. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Petty Officer Teague immediately organized an aid station where he skillfully treated and supervised the evacuation of the wounded. While administering medical aid to a seriously injured comrade, he suddenly came under a heavy volume of enemy hand grenades and automatic weapons fire. Undaunted by the hostile fire impacting around him, Petty Officer Teague steadfastly remained in the hazardous area and continued rendering medical assistance, simultaneously shielding the wounded man with his own body. Despite being seriously wounded himself, he commenced to move the casualty over the fire-swept terrain to a covered position, continuing his determined efforts until he was mortally wounded. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on Friday 17 May 1968. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 2 May 1968


Specialist Fifth Class Clarence S. Turner III

Clarence Sidney 'Sid' Turner III born 13 April 1949 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Violet Ruth Yeager (b. 1928 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas - d. 2013 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 21 and Clarence Sidney Turner Jr. (b. 1924 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1990 Taylor County, Texas) Age 25.

Sid was born in Abilene, Texas and was raised in Cisco, Texas most of his life and attended Cisco schools. He moved to Sweetwater in 1965 and graduated from Sweetwater High School with the class of 1967. He worked as an installer for Western Electric, a Bell System Company, in Sweetwater. He joined the US Army on the delayed entrance program 8 July 1968 in Abilene, Texas. He completed basic training at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He completed training as a helicopter maintenance specialist at Fort Rucker, Alabama and also completed parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne at Fort Benning and trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice (Flight Qualified) and sent to Vietnam in August 1969 to join the 101st. "Sid, I remember our senior class party at the city pool. We had a great time racing each other across the pool." from a school classmate in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. [nba]

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[Army] Specialist Fifth Class Clarence S. Turner III 458765896 US Army F Troop 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry 101st Airborne Division. His tour began on 30 August 1969 when he touched down in Vietnam. He was assigned to the 17th Cav as a gunner/crew chief with F Troop. On 14 January 1970, he was serving as a door gunner on a UH1H gunship and the helicopter was operating in the A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. The aircraft received heavy volumes of small arms fire and crashed and burned. Sid was killed along with the co-pilot and the other door gunner. The pilot was thrown out of the aircraft with his seat and he survived. Specialist Turner's body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on Saturday 24 January 1970. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 14 Jan 1970


First Lieutenant Nelson Payne Tuttle

Nelson Payne Tuttle born 4 November 1944 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Eula Bell Lambert (b. 1922 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 2012 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 22 and Locke Paul Tuttle Sr. (b. 1899 Anson, Jones County, Texas - d 1966 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas) Age 45.

Nelson was born and raised in Coleman and he graduated from Coleman High School with the class of 1963. He attended Hardin-Simmons Universityin Abilene and was member of the ROTC. Cadet Tuttle attended the ROTC summer camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma starting on 15 June 1966. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Hardin-Simmons University in August 1968 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He entered the Army 15 November 1968 and trained at Ft Benning, Georgia and at Ft Polk, Louisiana. He was trained as an Infantry Unit Commander and sent to Vietnam in November 1969. "I met Nelson at his Dad's feed store in Coleman, Texas." from a friend in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Army] First Lieutenant Nelson Payne Tuttle O-449745680 US Army C Company 1st Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division. He arrived in Vietnam on 13 November 1969 to begin his tour. On 15 July 1970, 1Lt Tuttle was leading his company on a mission to clear an area in the Long Khanh Province, South Vietnam and when enemy insurgents were encountered he was killed in the action by small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Coleman City Cemetery at Coleman, Coleman County, Texas on Tuesday 28 July 1970. Bronze Star with Valor and Bronze Star of Merit and the Purple Heart.

KIA 15 Jul 1970


Staff Sergeant Willie Donald Tyrone

Willie Donald Tyrone born 22 November 1932 near Nolan, Nolan County, Texas to Eddie Louise Hardy (b. 1908 Callahan County, Texas - d. 1987 Irving, Dallas County, Texas) Age 22 and Henry Alvis Tyrone (b. 1903 Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1978 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 27.

Willie was born and raised near Nolan-Divide in Nolan County, Texas and attended school in Nolan and Divide. In the 1940 census he is age 7 living in Pct 4 Nolan County, Texas with his parents and two brothers and it states he was living in the same house in 1935. He graduated from Divide High School with the class of 1948. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1951 and served in the Korean War, and returned to a duty station in Marine Base, Parris Island and resided in Savanah, Georgia. He married Joan Wilson Anderson (b.1932 Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia - d. 1981 Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia) and they had two daughters, Donna Lee and Linda. He was trained as an Infantry Unit Leader. He was a drill instructor at the Marine Base, Parris Island, South Carolina before being sent to Vietnam as an advisor in April 1965. "You were taken too soon. Your daughters love you and miss you. For you were as kind and gentle as you were fierce on the battlefield." from a daughter in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Marines] Staff Sergeant Willie Donald Tyrone 1221421 US Marine Corps Assistant Advisor to the Vietnamese 39th Ranger Battalion, Advisor Team 7, Naval Advisory Group, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. On the night of 30 - 31 May 1965, when the battalion was subjected to heavy small-arms, mortar and 57-mm. recoilless rifle fire, SSgt Tyrone, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved about to point out targets and improve the position. Although painfully wounded in the shoulder on the 30th, he refused evacuation, and when the Battalion Commander and Battalion S-3 were also wounded, and the Battalion Advisor killed, creating a critical command situation, SSgt Tyrone, in spite of his wound, assumed the advisory responsibility alone. He maintained radio contact throughout the night and continually encouraged his comrades by his words and valiant example. When the Viet Cong launched a strong counterattack early in the morning of the 31st, he was mortally wounded, but continued to inspire his comrades by firing his weapon, killing at least an additional ten of the enemy before he died. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Murray Memorial Cemetery at Carbon, Eastland County, Texas on Thursday 10 June 1965. Navy Cross and Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA 31 May 1965


Sergeant Major Joseph A. Venable

Joseph Alvin Venable born 15 September 1920 in Bristol, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana to Electa Begnaud (b. 1893 Carencro, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana - d. 1957 Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) Age 27 and Monroe Joseph Venable (b. 1883 Louisiana - d. 1947 Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) Age 27.

Joseph was born and raised in Louisiana, as the following census accounts attest. 1930 Census Alvin age 8 living in Police Jury Ward 2, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana with his parents, four brothers and four sisters. 1935 living in Lafayette Ward 3, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. 1940 Census Alborne[sic] age 19 living in Lafayette Ward 3, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana with his parents, three brothers and a sister. Newspapers state that he joined the Army in 1940 and trained at Ft Benning, Georgia and Ft Polk, Louisiana. Registered for the WWII draft in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana on 28 June 1945 while living at 908 E. Vermilion, Lafayette, Louisiana and unemployed listed his mother, Electa Venable of same address, as his next of kin contact. Served during WWII in the European Theater of Operations, he was with the 4th Infantry Division when it lead the assault on Utah Beach D-Day. Joseph A. Venable asn-14023149 Single, with dependents white male born 1920 Louisiana residing in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana reenlisted from enlisted reserve Regular Army for Hawaiian Department Infantry as a Sergeant at Alexandria, Louisiana on 29 June 1946. Married Connie Rae Miller (b.1932 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1995 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) on 23 May 1950 at Carlsbad, New Mexico, and has three children. He served in Korea during that war. He was stationed in Germany for a while and Ft Hood, Texas. He has been wounded and decorated and his stations are too numerous to list. "Although we never met, Memaw 'Rita' spoke of you often. You were loved dearly & missed greatly." from a grand-niece in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Marines] Sergeant Major Joseph A. Venable 14023149 US Army Command Sergeant Major, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division. His tour in Vietnam began on 17 October 1967 when he landed in country to be the "TOP" non-com of the 1st Infantry Division. On 13 September 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17552) from A Company, 1st Aviation Battalion, crashed after losing five feet of the aircraft’s tail boom due to ground fire. The helicopter part of a 20-ship battalion combat lift near Loc Ninh, Binh Long Province, South Vietnam during poor weather with a ceiling at approximately 700 feet when it was shot down by an enemy .51 caliber heavy machine gun. The pilot attempted autorotating the damaged helicopter, but the rotorhead separated from the mast and the aircraft hit the ground traveling down and sideways. Eight personnel on board perished in the crash. Sgt Major Venable's body was recovered and repatriated to America. His funeral was at the First Baptist Church, Cisco, Texas on Thursady 19 September 1968 and burial in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Friday 20 September 1968. Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

KIA 13 Sep 1968


Sergeant James Darrell Waddell

James Darrell 'Jimmy' Waddell born 11 July 1949 in Odessa, Ector County, Texas to Dorothy Leona Cope (b. 1927 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas - d. 2014 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas) Age 22 and William James Waddell (b.1924 Flatonia, Fayette County, Texas - d. 1994 Midland, Midland County, Texas) Age 25.

Jimmy was born and raised in Odessa and attended school there until his parents moved to Coleman in 1960 and he attended the Coleman schools. They resided there in Coleman until June 1966 and then moved to Lamesa and he graduated from Lamesa High School with the class of 1967. He entered the Army in July 1967 and went to Ft Polk, Louisiana for Basic training. He was then stationed at Ft Knox, Kentucky and completed Red Missle training at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico. He served in Korea for five months before being sent to Vietnam for his first tour there. He was at Tay Ning near Saigon as a gunner on a personnel carrier. During the first tour he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart for being wounded in action. After the first Vietnam tour he returned to America at Ft Hood, Texas. He married Brinda Mae Ward (b. 1953 Tarrant County, Texas) on 23 December 1969. He was trained as an Armor Crewman and went back to Vietnam in November 1970. "James... I am your older sister.. Brenda.. You were always my best friend." from a sister in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Army] Sergeant James Darrell Waddell 464849620 US Army E Troop 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. His second tour in Vietnam began on 3 November 1970 when he landed in country. On 14 April 1971 in Binh Thuy Province, South Vietnam, SP4 Waddell was killed while training a new driver in a Sheridan tank. He was sitting outside the vehicle on the sloped front giving instructions down through the escape hatch while the tank was moving. When the student suddenly downshifted, SP4 Waddell was thrown from the tank and run over before the driver could stop. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Coleman City Cemetery at Coleman, Coleman County, Texas on Sunday 25 April 1971. Posthumous Promotion as indicated. Bronze Star with Valor and Bronze Star with Merit and the Purple Heart.

DNB 14 Apr 1971


First Lieutenant Jerald D. Wallace

Jerald Dowe 'Jerry' Wallace born 18 August 1940 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas to Elizabeth Helen Corbin (b.1908 Richfield, Summit County, Ohio - d. 1990 Linn, Osage County, Missouri) Age 32 and Glen Ralph Wallace Sr. (b. 1906 Graham, Young County, Texas - d. 1968 Bridgeton, St Louis County, Missouri) Age 34.

Jerry was born and raised in Cisco and attended schools there. He graduated from San Angelo High School class of 1958 and attended the San Angelo State College. He graduated from the Texas Christian University. He joined the Army Reserve about 1962 and was activated in 1964. In February 1965 he was a PFC at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He married Miss Anna Kathryn Sickles (b. 1942 Young County, Texas) on 20 March 1965 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. He reported to Ft Benning, Georgia to begin Officer Candidate School on 4 April 1965. He was trained as an Infantry Heavy Mortar Unit Commander and sent to Vietnam in August 1966. "Lt Jerald D Wallace was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary gallantry in action." from a Vietnam Vet in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Army] First Lieutenant Jerald D. Wallace O-5326822 US Army C Company 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division. His tour in Vietnam began on 12 August 1966 when he landed in country. He was with his company at LZ Bird, The Crow's Foot - Kim Son River, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam when they were surprise attacked and overrun by a superior number of NVA. 1Lt Wallace died of the wounds received in an heroic action on 27 December 1966 by an enemy grenade or mortar causing him "Multiple Fragmentation Wounds". His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Wednesday 4 January 1967. Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

DOW 27 Dec 1966


Captain William Scott Watts

William Scott 'Scotty' Watts born 17 August 1944 in Houston, Harris County, Texas to Laura Utterback Scott (b. 1908 Thorp Springs, Hood County, Texas - d. 1977 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 36 and Claude Damon Watts (b. 1902 Italy, Ellis County, Texas - d. 1975 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 42.

William was born in Houston and attended school in San Angelo, graduating from the San Angelo Central High School class of 1963. His parents moved to Hasse, Comanche County, Texas in 1964. He attended the San Angelo College one year before quitting to join the Army in June 1964 and went to Basic Training at Ft Polk, Louisiana, then went to Ft Knox, Kentucky in August for training in Heavy Armor. He was an outstanding student there and made Sergeant quickly, then he graduated from the Officer Candidate School at Ft Benning, Georgia in 1965 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. In 1966 he attended Jungle Expert School in Panama, and was then sent to Vietnam in October 1966 for his first tour there as an advisor, read his letters home↗. Recipient of the Bronze Star for exposing himself to hostile fire while crossing a field to rescue a wounded solider during his first tour. He married Tangela Zane 'Tandy' Hickman on 3 August 1968 at DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. He returned to Vietnam for a second tour as an Infantry Unit Commander in October 1968. "In honor of my father. The man I never met. He was killed in Nov 68 and I was born in Jan 69." from his son in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Army] Captain William Scott Watts O-5329594 US Army Headquarters & Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division. His second tour in Vietnam began on 1 October 1968 when he landed in country. On 21 November 1968, six weeks into his second tour at 2 Km EAST-NORTHEAST OF LAI KHE AIR FIELD, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, he was fatally injured while at a defensive position when a weapon another individual was loading accidently discharged. Capt Watts was medically evacuated to a U.S. military medical facility where he later died. It was listed as "accidental homicide". His body was repatriated to America and buried in the Beauregard Cemetery at DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana on Tuesday 3 December 1968. Bronze Star with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

DNB 21 Nov 1968


Sergeant George Dale Weeks

George Dale Weeks born 12 August 1939 in Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas to Oneva Keesee (b. 1917 Texas - d. 2008 Los Alamos, Los Alamos County, New Mexico) Age 22 and Fred Debs Weeks (b. 1909 Robert Lee, Coke County, Texas - d. 1971 Wheeler, Wheeler County, Texas) Age 30.

George was born in Canadian and was listed in the1940 census as age 7 months living in Hemphill County,Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. He was raised in Canadian during his early years. He attended school in Amarillo and graduated from Palo Duro High School, Amarillo, Texas. He joined the Army in about 1959 and a reenlistment record dated 12 April 1961 at Ft Knox, Kentucky shows he listed his home of record as Cross Plains, Texas. He was trained as an Armor Crewman and sent to Vietnam in March 1966. "Thank you Sergeant Weeks for your leadership and courage." from a grateful Vietnam Vet in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦ [nba]

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[Army] Sergeant George Dale Weeks 18559208 US Army A Company 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division. His tour in Vietnam began on 20 March 1966 when he landed in country. On 2 June 1966, he was with A company in a combat situation with hostile enemy forces. He was killed in the action by an enemy grenade causing him "Multiple Fragmentation Wounds" to his chest on the left side. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Amarillo, Potter County, Texas on Monday 13 June 1966.

KIA 2 Jun 1966


Corporal Kennith Wayne Wheeler

Kenneth Wayne Wheeler born on 20 December 1945 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Leona Faye Rogers(b.1917 Bronte, Coke County, Texas-d.2003 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 28 and Alvie Idell Wheeler(b.1907 Texas-d.1983 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 38. (Aka Kennith Wayne Wheeler, especially on USMC records).

He graduated from the May High School, located in May Town, North Brown County, Texas, class of 1964 and worked for the Crystal Ice Company in Brownwood, Texas. Joined the US Marine Corps in late 1966 and went to the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego for his basic training. He attended Marine technical training and was trained as a helicopter crewman. "Dear Brother, I love you and miss you more every day. Wish you were here to share our lives. You were a great pal and always there for me when I needed a friend." from a sister in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Corporal Kennith Wayne Wheeler 2303494 US Marine Corps Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 Provisional Marine Aircraft Group 39 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. His Vietnam tour began on 14 May1968 at the Vandergrift Combat Base near Ca Lu, Vietnam. Cpl Wheeler was with his unit and conducting a transport mission in the Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down by the enemy forces but he was not seriously injured in the crash. In a heroic effort he rescued several of the troops they were transporting out of the burning helicopter and upon returning to help more he and the remaining troops were killed in an explosion. He was killed in that gallant action on 10 May 1969. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at Holder, Brown County, Texas on Friday 23 May 1969. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 10 May 1969


Sergeant First Class Billie W. Wilkinson

Billie Weldon Wilkinson born on 5 January 1934 at Clyde, Callahan County, Texas to Willie Lura Williams(b.1911 Texas-d.1972 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 23 and Bomar Weldon Wilkinson(b.1907 Taylor County, Texas-d.1937 Callahan County, Texas) Age 27.

Enlisted in the US Army in February 1951 while he was a senior in Comanche High School. His basic training was at Camp Rucker, Alabama and then sent to Fort Huachua, Arizona with the 73rd Signal Battalion. Went to fight in the Korean War Zone in February 1953. Sergeant Wilkinson, with the Heavy Mortar Company 65th Regiment 3rd Infantry Division, was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic action on 14-15 July 1953 in the vicinity of Kumhwa. He was wounded in action 23 July 1953 and returned to duty. Married Marjorie Lee Williams 1938-2004 and they had four children. They went to Germany in December 1963 with the 48th Infantry. "Tex walked through my memories, as he does anytime I think of Viet Nam. A truly great American, husband, father and friend. Rest in Peace, Tex." from a friend in her remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage.

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[Army] Sergeant First Class Billie W. Wilkinson 18391958 US Army C Company 1st Battalion 2nd Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division. He was on a tour in Vietnam that began 23 August 1968. As a Light Weapons Infantry Leader, Sfc Wilkinson was with his unit in operation in the Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam near the Cambodia border. Sfc Wilkinson was fatally wounded on 4 November 1968 by small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA 4 Nov 1968


Commander William P. Yarbrough Jr.

William Pleasant Yarbrough Jr. born on 25 May 1923 at Putnam, Callahan County, Texas to Effie Mae Conley(b.1884 Texas-d.1957 Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas) Age 39 and William Pleasant Yarbrough(b.1881 Alabama-d.1961 Baird, Callahan County, Texas) Age 42.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents, three brothers and a sister at JP1 Shackelford County, Texas. 1935 living at JP8 Callahan County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and a brother at JP8 Callahan County, Texas. William P. Yarbrough Jr. nsn-3565865 enlisted in the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 27 May 1941. On 25 September 1941, he was a Seaman 2c stationed at the Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. On 28 December 1945, aboard the USS Norton Sound, he was an Aviation Radio Tech 1c and was transferred to the Naval Tech Training Center at Corpus Christi, Texas. Served during and wore both the WW2 Victory Medal and the Korean War Service Medal. He was commissioned Navy Lieutenant-Junior Grade on 25 December 1957. He married Betty E. Crader of Gladstone, Oregon on 14 September 1959 in Spokane, Washington. He received promotion to Lieutenant on 1 June 1960. "I remember 'Uncle' WP visiting us in Ft. Rucker in 66. I was 6 or 7. He drove up in a green, bug eyed MG with the top down. He looked every bit the 'Real Deal'. A fighter pilot." from a nephew in his remembrance on The Wall of Faces webpage. ♦

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[Navy] Commander William P. Yarbrough Jr. O-607644 US Navy Attack Squadron 85 Carrier Air Wing 11 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63. CVW-11 deployed on board USS Kitty Hawk with the Seventh Fleet. The first A-6A Intruder loss for VA-85 in 1967 occurred on 19 January 1967 when 'NH 510' A-6A 151590↗, call sign 'BUCKEYE 510' flown by 'Black Falcon' XO, Commander Al Brady, and his Bombardier/Navigator Lt Commander Bill Yarbrough (of the Uong Bi strike on the previous cruise), was hit by AAA while attacking a bridge in daylight. Shot down by AAA 6 miles from Dong Phong Thuong Transportation Complex, Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam, at approximate coordinates 19°58'N, 105°52'E. Both crew ejected, and although Brady became a PoW, Yarbrough, a highly regarded former enlisted man and A3D B/N, was killed when his parachute failed to deploy properly. He was promoted to Commander (posthumously) on 1 January 1970. He was continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 24 February 1976. In August 1985 the Vietnamese government turned over human remains to the US government. On 7 October 1985, the DOD announced that William P. Yarbrough's remains↗ had been positively identified by the DPMAA at Honolulu. He was buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 8 November 1985. A cenotaph remains at the Courts of the Missing with Rosette in the Honolulu↗ Memorial.

KIA MIA 19 Jan 1967