Armin Blake, 2nd Bde LRRP, KIA Mar 22, 1969

Armin Jochaim Blake

SFC – U.S. Army
4th Inf Div 2nd Bde LRRP —   2nd Battalion and 8th Inf (Mechanized)
19 September 1934 – 22 March 1969
Denver, Colorado
Panel 28W Line 8

Blake pic 1 blake pic 2

MILITARY DATA

Service:               Army (Regular)

Grade at loss:   E7

Rank:                     Sergeant First Class

ID Number:           17379020

Len Svc:               16 years

Unit:                     4 INF DIV, 2nd Bde LRRP, 2/8 Infantry

 

CASUALTY DATA

Start Tour:         06/24/1968

Cas Date:             03/22/1969

Age at Loss:       35

Remains:               Body recovered

Location:             Kontum, South Vietnam

Type:                     Hostile, ground casualty

Reason:                 Multiple fragmentation wounds

 

GRAVESITE

Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado

 

 

Link to Remembrances:    

 

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/4262/ARMIN-J-BLAKE

Link to Personal Comments:  

https://www.thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=4238

 

 

SFC Armin Blake served as Platoon Sergeant of the 2nd Bde LRRP from July 1968 to February 1969 when he transferred to A Company, 2nd Battalion and 8th Infantry. He was killed a few weeks later in an NVA ambush when his APC was hit by a B-40 rocket.

 

The COMBAT AFTER ACTION REPORT of 23 March 1969 below describes the battle where he had fallen.

M.A.C.V. COMMUNIQUE.

In II CORP yesterday afternoon, a mechanized infantry convoy from an

element of the 2nd Brigade, US 4th Infantry Division, was ambushed by an

unknown size enemy force in an area two miles northwest of Plei Mrong,

in Pleiku – Kontum Province.   Convoy security elements returned the

heavy enemy fire while US Army helicopter gunships and artillery

supported the action. During the action, a US Army UH-1 helicopter was

hit by enemy ground fire and crashed in the area wounding all five

persons aboard. The aircraft was destroyed.   US casualities were 10

killed and 18 wounded.  

Kontum Province:

Kontum Province has experienced an extensive increase in enemy activity

with emphasis shifting from Viet Cong to NVA units.   US forces received

heavy attacks.

General:

During the period, the 2d Battalion (Mechanized), 8th Infantry, 4th

Infantry Division participated in Operation HINES.

Mission:

Secure Fire Support Base PATT, ZA097834.   Blow mines in place unless it

appears to be a new type.   Conduct reconnaissance in force operations

within assigned area of operations;   route, bridge, and convoy security;

search and clear operations;   ambushes;   short range patrol operations;

cordon and search missions;   and civic actions.

 

Execution:

B Company 2-8, conduct move from Landing Zone PATT, to FIRE SUPPORT BASE

BOBBIE.   Escort Arty   3-6 with two platoons.   Secure Arty   5-16 at FIRE

SUPPORT BASE PATT with two platoons.   Short Range Patrol West and

Southwest of FIRE SUPPORT BASE PATT, along DAK BLA River.   Conduct

reconnaissance in force, short range patrols, LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

Conduct MEDCAP.

 

Task Organization:

HHC, A, B, C, D Companies 2-8 Infantry;   A & B Companies 1-8 Infantry

and 3-6 Arty.   1-69 Armor and 2-1 Cavalry.   Infantry, 1-35.     Engineer

support, 4th Engineer Battalion and the 299th Engineer Battalion.

Artillery, 5-6,   4-42.   Transportation, 1-8 Transportation, 2-8

Transportation.   Aviation, 4th Aviation.   Special, PLEI MRONG Civilian

Strike Force element.

 

Call Signs:

ATLAS, PAPPA, ATLAS XRAY, YANKEE FIVE ZERO, X EIGHT, NIPPER, BUGLE,

SKILL, WHISKEY ZERO SIX, ZERO SIX ALPHA, ZERO SIX BRAVO, BLACKJACK FOUR

HUNDRED, XRAY EIGHT, HEADHUNTER THREE SEVEN, WILDER, GAMBLER, COMMON

BASE, BIKINI SIX NINE, SIDER FORWARD AIR CONTROL, HORNET FOUR FOUR,

GLADIATOR ONE ZERO ZERO,

 

2-8 Infantry Commanders and Principle Staff:

Battalion CO       LTC William S deCamp

Battalion XO       MAJ Robert N Bloomstrand

Battalion S1       1LT Jordan B Gaudry

Battalion S2       CPT Edward W Strabol, MSG Earl K Andrews, CPT James F

Schwartz

Battalion S3       MAJ Stanley W Russell

Battalion S4       CPT Robert L Schmitt

Battalion S5       1LT Allen J Spillum

HHC           1LT       Rodney D Miller, CPT James E Bilderbeck

A Co         CPT       Donald Gonneville, CPT Edward W Strabel

B Co         CPT       Angelo A Severino

C Co         CPT       Elwoood R Tauscher

D Co         CPT       James F Schwartz

 

Weather:

Early morning fog burning off 8:30 – 9:30 am (08:30 to 09:30 hours).

Transition from dry season to monsoon with light rain showers, variable

winds to 10 knots, thunderstorms, and cloudiness during mid to late

afternoon hours.   Temperatures ranged from 98 degrees to 64 degrees.

 

Terrain:

Mountainous to open plains.

 

Logistics:

Hot   A   rations averaged two meals a day.   Wood construction materials

in critical supply.   The following small arms rounds were expended:

301,220   5.56mm           663,000   7.62mm             215,000   .50 caliber

 

Monday, 17 March.

 

7:45 am.   0745 hours.

ZA059976, 1-69 in contact, 2 Armored Personnel Carriers hit by B-40

rockets – 5 wounded in action and 1 Armored Personnel Carrier destroyed.

Artillery and gunships supported contact.   In support of the contact,

additional 2 Armored Personnel Carriers 7-17 Cavalry and 2/8 hit mines,

6 WOUNDED IN ACTION and 1 ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER destroyed.

 

9:17 am.   0917 hours.

ZA069923, 2 tanks from 1-69 hit mines (believed command detonated) while

escorting convoy to LANDING ZONE Bass.

 

Tuesday, 18 March.

 

8:40 am.   0840 hours.

From FIRE SUPPORT BASE PATT, start 2-8 MEDCAP.

 

8:50 am.   0850 hours.

Start 2-8 resupply convoy from FIRE SUPPORT BASE PATT to LANDING ZONE

MARYLOU.

 

10:00 am.   1000 hours.

2-8 go to PLEI MRONG give security to ARTY downed gun along road.

 

10:05 am.   1005 hours.

Resupply 2-8 convoy arrives LANDING ZONE MARYLOU.

 

4:20 pm.   1620 hours.

Resupply 2-8 convoy returns to FIRE SUPPORT BASE PATT.

 

7:18 pm.   1918 hours.

From S3; erect standoff fences, dig in and put up concertina before

sleep.

 

11:10 pm.   2310 hours.

2-8 receives a frag., some sort of explosion.   One wounded needs DUSTOFF

(medical evacuation).

 

11:30 pm.   2330 hours.

WARNING ORDER for 2-8.   At 0700 on 19 March, relocate to LANDING ZONE

BOBBIE (ZA061738), move by way of villages toward Plei Mrong.   Take as

much wire and sandbags as you can carry and time permits.   Move with

Headquarters and one Line Platoon. Leave Weapons Platoon to ash and

trash LANDING ZONE PATT. Scout Platoon have two Armored Personnel

Carriers report to LANDING ZONE MARYLOU to pickup trucks.

 

Wednesday, 19 March.

 

6:55 am.   0655 hours.

Short Range Patrol from 2-8 arrives LANDING ZONE PATT.

 

8:15 am.   0815 hours.

2-8 HQ, Line Platoon and D Battery 5-16 Artillery leave for LANDING ZONE

BOBBY.

 

8:20 am.   0820 hours.

Scouts of 2-8 leave for LANDING ZONE MARYLOU.

 

8:45 am.   0845 hours.

Scouts to stop at PLEI MRONG turnoff for   REDLEG   (Artillery) trucks.

 

9:45 am.   0945 hours.

A   REDLEG   (Artillery) 548 is down and 2-8 is towing it.

 

10:30 am.   1030 hours.

From S3, the LITTLE PEOPLE are operating in area, 2-8 has no radio

contact with them.

 

12:40 pm.   1240 hours.

2-8 having trouble crossing at ZA099766.

 

2:20 pm.   1420 hours.

Atry (Artillery) observer in LOH bird receives ground fire at ZA089690.

 

3:10 pm.   1510 hours.

2-8 crosses at ZA099766.

 

4:12 pm.   1612 hours.

2-8 takes B-40 rocket from 500 meters off Highway 14 at ZA198727.   One

wounded.

 

4:25 pm.   1625 hours.

DUSTOFF (medical evacuation) called for two wounded.

 

4:34 pm.   1634 hours.

2-8 1000 meters south of LANDING ZONE BOBBIE (in wrong FIRE SUPPORT

BASE).

 

5:25 pm.   1725 hours.

2-8 arrives correct location at LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

5:55 pm.   1755 hours.

2-8 leaves to fix crossing at ZA099766.

Thursday, 20 March.

8:15 am.   0815 hours.   At ZA176737, ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER from 2-8

received 1 B-40 round; 1 WOUNDED IN ACTION and slight damage to ARMORED

PERSONNEL CARRIER.   Provide escort morning convoy from LANDING ZONE

MARYLOU to Polie Krong daily.   MAXIMUM RESUPPLY ACTIVITIES TO BEGIN 21

MARCH FROM POLIE KLING.

 

8:20 am.   0820 hours.

2-8 track (Armored Personnel Carrier) hit with B-40/one wounded, called

for DUSTOFF (medical evacuation)/at ZA176737/enemy fled to South.   2-8

reacting.

 

9:15 am.   0915 hours.

2-8 received small arms fire at ZA075700.   No damage or causalities.

 

9:55 am.   0955 hours.

DUSTOFF (medical evacuation) complete.

 

10:00 am.   1000 hours.

ARVN s (Little People) in contact (firefight) at ZA075760.   2-8 in

blocking position.

 

10:20 am.   1020 hours.

ZA098766, a resupply 2-8 convoy made contact with an estimated platoon

size force.   Small arms, automatic weapons, artillery were employed.

Two US were wounded and one 2-1/2 ton truck was damaged by B-40 rocket.

 

11:15 am.   1115 hours.

ARVN s (Little People) in contact at ZA078704.   2-8 to block on North

side of river at ZA075720.

 

12:30 pm.   1230 hours.

2-8 in blocking position at ZA069710.   Split 2-8 to move in blocking

position at ZA084706.

 

2:10 pm.   1410 hours.

2-8 receives small arms fire and B-40 rocket at ZA086728.

 

3:15 pm.   1515 hours.

Radio transmission from S3.   2-8 be prepared to move to vicinity PLEI

MRONG/will be in operational control of 1-35 as mobile reaction force.

Will be expected to provide immediate reaction to contacts (firefights)

of 1-35 mounted and dismounted at night

 

4:00 pm.   1600 hours.

2-8 go to Highway 14 and meet engineer dozer.   Escort dozer back to

LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.   RECONNAISSANCE BY FIRE.

 

 

7:43 pm.   1943 hours.

2-8 ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER escorting bulldozer hits mine at ZA090685.

Two wounded and DUSTOFF (medical evacuation) required.

 

8:45 pm.   2045 hours.

Commanding General 4th Infantry Division directs one platoon from 2-8

move to village ZA234825.

 

11:05 pm.   2305 hours.

2-8 in village at ZA090685 and coordinating.

 

11:50 pm.   2350 hours.

2-8 ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER that hit mine and bulldozer arrive LANDING

ZONE BOBBIE.

 

Friday, 21 March.

 

11:20 am.   1120 hours.

2-8 resupply convoy from LANDING ZONE BOBBIE is in contact at ZA098766.

Enemy small arms and eight B-40 rockets from several directions (South,

Southeast, and Southwest).   1145 enemy broke contact to south.   US

wounded hit by shrapnel.   Arty 2 and ? ton truck hit right front.   Must

be towed.

 

12:25 pm.   1225 hours.

2-8 leaves LANDING ZONE MARYLOU for PLEI MRONG with second engineer

bulldozer.

 

12:30 pm.   1230 hours.

2-8 warned by COMMON BASE that enemy from yesterdays contact is believed

to have moved to ZA096724.

 

3:45 pm.   1545 hours.

Our bird is BIKINI 69, tail #119.

 

500 pm.   1700 hours.   Prisoner VIET CONG tells Civilian Intelligence

Agent (CIA).   NVA REGULARS and /VIET CONG location at vicinity YB995266.

 

Saturday, 22 March.

 

12:05 am.   Midnight plus 5 minutes.   INFORMATION from X8 (CIA CIVILIAN

INTEL AGENT), time of report 2325 hours on 21 March.   Unknown size VIET

CONG force, entered DA RODE, YB000227.   X8 wants M60 fire   North to

South along 997 line, TACTICAL AIR COMMAND command post approves for

FORTIFY ELM.

 

4:20 am.   0420 hours.

Sergeant Andrews reports fire in village approximately 1000 meter

Northwest his location.

 

 

5:05 am.   0505 hours.

From Brigade, 2-8 to provide security for Artillery convoy to LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

8:50 am.   0850 hours.

Short range patrol of 2-8 returns to LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

9:00 am.   0900.

Radio transmission from Captain Highsmith to Staff Sergeant Kerr; at

ZA201902 a 2-8 convoy from LANDING ZONE MARY LOU to Polie Kleng received

5 rounds small arms fire from north – negative causalities or damage.

Convoy continuing.

 

9:15 am.   0915 hours.

From S3 Air, Send   REDLEG   (Artillery) convoy out this afternoon after 2-8 forces are back in your area.   Send convoy South to PLEI MRONG cut off.   Little People notified but insure you give us start/proceed time so we can insure coordination.   Commanding Officer desires 2-8 Reconnaissance In Force around crossings East of LANDING ZONE BOBBIE and the one at ZA100767.   Coordinate with REDLEG (Artillery) at location to see if time and route is OK.

 

9:50 am.   0950 hours.

From S3 Air.   Improve crossing at ZA100767.   2-8 will be taking a

REDLEG (Artillery) 15 truck convoy to PLIE MRONG this afternoon.

 

10:20 am.   1020 hours.

2-8 and REDLEG at crossing ZA081735.

 

11:10 am.   1110 hours.

Radio transmission from CAPTAIN Long to STAFF SERGEANT Kerr; at

YA822902, 2-8 find 25-30 well camouflaged bunkers with three feet

overhead cover formed in perimeter.   There were three 10 foot mortar

pits with adjoining ammo bunkers with four to six feet overhead cover

and eight huts in the area.  Bunkers and huts were destroyed.

 

11:30 am.   1130 hours.

2-8 and REDLEG at ZA127813.

 

12:10 pm.   1210 hours.

2-8 and REDLEG at ZA127814.

 

12:45 pm.   1245 hours.

2-8 and   REDLEG   convoy have crossed crossing at ZA127814.

 

2:15 pm.   1415 hours.

ZA029887, 2-8 found 15-20 bunkers and made contact.   Lost communications

with the Wilder Element, believe one man hurt, in contact.

Communications regained with, two US WOUNDED IN ACTION with gun shot.

Dust off required.

 

2:30 pm.   1430 hours.

2-8 and   REDLEG   / resupply convoy report contact (ambush) at ZA082713.

 

2:35 pm.   1435 hours.

2-8 taking small arms fire and B-40 rockets, at ZA073704 by company size

enemy force.

 

2:40 pm.   1440 hours.

Radio transmission from MASTER SERGEANT Maurstead to SERGEANT FIRST

CLASS Peterson; at ZA082713, 2-8 while escorting a resupply convoy

received a large volume of B-40 rocket fire and automatic weapons from

the west side of the road.   Two Armored Personnel Carriers were struck

and began burning.

 

2:45 pm.   1445 hours.

81mm mortars and Arty being worked up and gunships called for.

 

3:00 pm.   1500 hours.

Enemy moved to WEST, near Blue Line. (Infantry)

 

3:05 pm.   1505 hours.

Two COBRA helicopters making first pass and reported on target.

 

3:20 pm.   1520 hours.

Still receiving fire and call for DUSTOFF (MEDICAL EVACUATION) made.

 

3:25 pm.   1525 hours.

Cobras out of Ammo.   81mm mortars and Artillery going in.

 

3:40 pm.   1540 hours.

DUSTOFF (medical evacuation), BLACKJACK 400, hit by B-40 rocket, down

and burning.   More GUNSHIPS called for.

 

3:45 pm.   1545 hours.

2-8 to sweep area, to work behind gunships.

 

3:46 pm.   1546 hours.

4th Aviation BLACKJACK helicopter attempting a DUSTOFF (medical

evacuation) was hit by B-40 rocket and destroyed.   52nd CAB Slick landed

to pick up wounded and was hit and exploded when it lifted off.   May

have been hit by a round cooking off in the burning Armored Personnel

Carriers as no one heard a B-40 fired at that moment.   Four WOUNDED IN

ACTION from 52CAB. Gunships and artillery supported.

 

3:47 pm.   1547 hours.

Radio transmission from 2-8, BLACKJACK 400 hit by B-40, down and

burning, crew still inside slick, eight critical wounded, unknown

killed.   Two Armored Personnel Carriers and one truck also hit.   Request

more GUNS.   B-40 rockets still coming in, unknown amount.

 

3:32 pm.   1552 hours.

Radio transmission from 2-8, two more guns on station.   B-40 s still

coming in, trying to sweep around contact.   Four guns 81mm emptied.   Believe

sweep is pinned down.

3:55 pm.   1555 hours.

Armored Personnel Carriers to pick up dismounted elements in area.

 

4:00 pm.   1600 hours.

2-8 received sniper fire at ZA027877.   Commanding Office and Platoon

Leader were Dusted OFF.   Both received leg wounds from small arms fire.

 

4:10 pm.   1610 hours.

From Major Russel,   have reinforcements move to LANDING ZONE NICOLE for

possible HOT COMBAT ASSAULT.

 

4:23 pm.   1623 hours.

Radio transmission from 2-8, GAMBLER guns expended from air, leaving

area.

 

4:25 pm.   1625 hours.

Reinforcements ready to go for hot combat assault.

 

4:36 pm.   1636 hours.

PLEIKU DUSTOFF (MEDICAL EVACUATION) standing by for COLD Landing Zone.

Three birds standing by for reinforcement HOT COMBAT ASSAULT.

 

4:45 pm.   1645 hours.

LANDING ZONE is almost secure, request DUSTOFFS now.   DUSTOFF (MEDICAL

EVACUATION) LANDING ZONE at ZA085704.

 

4:50 pm.   1650 hours.

2-8 can have NAPALM and 20mm air guns in 30 to 40 minutes

 

4:57 pm.   1657 hours.

Estimated time of arrival of DUSTOFF (MEDICAL EVACUATION), 15 minutes.

 

5:02 pm.   1702 hours.

HEADHUNTER working to West of contact site.

 

5:15 pm.   1715 hours.

LIFT BIRDS holding at LANDING ZONE MARYLOU to COMBAT ASSAULT

reinforcements.

 

5:18 pm.   1718 hours.

Will not use LIFT BIRDS today.

 

5:20 pm.   1720 hours.

Artillery going in on West side of redball (road).

 

5:25 pm.   1725 hours.

Contact broken.   No Little People within 3 kilometers.

 

5:30 pm.   1730 hours.

As of now, 17 WOUNDED IN ACTION pulled out, 7 WOUNDED IN ACTION remain

on ground.

 

5:31 pm.   1731 hours.

SIDER Forward Air Command notified no friendlies within 3 kilometers.

 

5:36 pm.   1736 hours.

VTR helping to secure DUSTOFF (medical evacuation) site.

 

5:37 pm.   1736 hours.

AIR STRIKE called for ZA071702.

 

5:39 pm.   1739 hours.

FORWARD AIR CONTROL informed 1-35 is in nearest locations at ZA034708,

ZA034694 and ZA103693.

 

5:40 pm.   1740 hours.

From 2-8, twenty-one WOUNDED IN ACTION dusted off.   Still estimate 8

KILLED IN ACTION; birds on the way to pick up KILLED IN ACTION.   Four

boxes (Armored Personnel Carriers) hit instead of two.   Two are burning

with ammo cooking off.

 

5:42 pm.   1742 hours.

From Command Sergeant Major, Reference 2-8 contact:   Friendly seven

killed, twenty-one wounded.   Four Armored Personnel Carriers hit, one

slick destroyed.   Relief ready to move Northeast, relief requires one

hour to close (arrive) once they get started.   All KILLED IN ACTION

being evacuated.   Relief ready to go in when birds expend ammo and are

out. HH and CIDE on station and ready to go in, have friendly locations,

looking for targets.

 

5:47 pm.   1747 hours.

BIRDS extended until we are through with them.

 

5:51 pm.   1751 hours.

CAPTAIN LAUDERDALE returning to KONTUM to take LOCAL SECURITY FORCE

(Little People) to LANDING ZONE BOBBIE for reinforcements.

 

5:52 pm.   1752 hours.   LTC deCamp now in HORNET 44.   CAPTAIN Lauderdale

in GLADIATOR 100.

 

5:54 pm.   1754 hours.   One SLICK lifted (leaving) with KILLED IN ACTION.

Another SLICK waiting for other KILLED IN ACTION to be brought to

LANDING ZONE.

 

6:00 pm.   1800 hours.

CAPTAIN Lauderdale at KONTUM.   LOCAL SECURITY FORCE (Little People) are

not there for pick up.

 

6:07 pm.   1807 hours.

YANKEE 50 says his people are ready for lift tomorrow at 0730.

 

 

6:10 pm.   1810 hours.

Air Strike diverted to another mission.

 

6:30 pm.   1830 hours.

From Brigade Commanding Officer:   2-8 RECONNAISSANCE BY FIRE.

 

6:34 pm.   1834 hours.

From 2-8, 1-35 released to return to LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

6:42 pm.   1842 hours.

From Battalion Commanding Officer:   2-8 told to get moving NOW and

RECONNAISSANCE BY FIRE.

 

6:45 pm.   1845 hours.

From Brigade Commanding Officer to Battalion Commanding Officer:   Guns

are gone, GET PEOPLE MOVING!

 

6:50 pm.   1850 hours.

From Brigade Commanding Officer to Battalion Commanding Officer:   When

you find out details, see him.

 

6:54 pm.   1854 hours.

From Brigade Commanding Officer to Battalion Commanding Officer:   Use

road only if pressed for time.

 

6:56 pm.   1856 hours.

Mortars are working up data for illumination (flares), if needed.

 

7:04 pm.   1904 hours.

2-8 convoy, lead element is just 500 meters out of LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

7:15 pm.   1915 hours.

2-8 convoy arrives LANDING ZONE BOBBIE.

 

7:16 pm.   1916 hours.

QUESTIONS From Commanding Officer 2nd Brigade:

1)     Why were 2-8 tracks on road?

2)     Why was there a lack of aggressiveness?

3)     Why was BLACKJACK 400 called into a HOT landing zone?

 

11:00 pm.   2300 hours.

From 2-8, at Yard Camp ZA2337828, reports that location received small

arms fire and one B-40 rocket.

 

11:55 pm.   2355 hours.

From 2-8.   LANDING ZONE NICOLE received incoming, small arms and B-40

from the South.   Possible grenades.

 

12 Midnight.   2400 hours.

Headquarters, 2-8 (Mechanized) Infantry Operational Reports, Duty

Officers Log, Daily Staff Journal.

 

LIST OF KILLED IN ACTION:

 

ANDERSON, RICHARD WILBUR

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd Battalion and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 56934363

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE:   E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 21

HOME: KALAMA WA

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1947 07 12

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: Protestant

NOT MARRIED

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BALL, ROSCOE WILLET JR

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 67009526

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 19

HOME: CHARLESTON WV

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1949 11 29

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC

NOT MARRIED

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BLAKE, ARMIN JOCHAIM

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 17379020

RANK: SERGEANT FIRST CLASS GRADE: E7

INFANTRY

AGE: 34

HOME: DENVER CO

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1934 09 19

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC

NOT MARRIED

————————————————————

 

 BRANDBORG, JOHN RALPH

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE

NUMBER: 56505726

RANK:   SPECIALIST 4 GRADE:   E4

INFANTRY

AGE:   23

HOME: CLARISSA MN

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1945 09 27

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: PROTESTANT

NOT MARRIED

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ENZ, HARVEY GORDON

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 56504753

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 21

HOME: ST PETER MN

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTHDATE: 1948 03 12

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: LUTHERAN

NOT MARRIED

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HERMSEN, MICHAEL EDWARD

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 56459275

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 22

HOME: DE PERE   WI

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1946 12 12

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC

MARRIED

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MC KECHNIE, JAMES ALLEN

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 51600439

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 21

HOME: WEST FARMINGTON     ME

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1947 04 16

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: PROTESTANT

NOT MARRIED

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PETERS, LAUVI PAUL PHILIP

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 18865629

RANK: PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GRADE: E3

INFANTRY

AGE: 19

HOME: GARDEN GROVE   CA

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1949 04 07

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: LUTHERAN

MARRIED

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REYES, ANGEL

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 67052618

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

MOS: 63C20

AGE: 24

HOME: PHILADELPHIA   PA

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1945 02 25

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC

NOT MARRIED

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SWEATT, CLYDE STANLEY

4th INFANTRY DIVISION, 2nd BATTALION and 8th INFANTRY (MECHANIZED)

SERVICE NUMBER: 67087872

RANK: SPECIALIST 4 GRADE: E4

INFANTRY

AGE: 22

HOME: GREENWOOD   SC

DIED: KONTUM PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM ON 22 MARCH 1969

BIRTH DATE: 1946 04 22

CAUCASIAN

RELIGION: BAPTIST

MARRIED

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