Peter “Mitch” James Mitchell, 1st Bde LRRP, KIA Mar 3, 1968

Peter “Mitch” James Mitchell

SP/4 – U.S. Army
4th Infantry Div, 1st Bde LRRP
26 March 1948 – 3 March 1968
Yonkers, New York

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Service:               Army (Selective Servie)

Grade at loss:   E4

Rank:                     Specialist Four

ID Number:           52757725

MOS:                       11B20: Infantryman

Len Svc:               1 year

Unit:                     4 INF DIV, 1st Bde LRRP


Start Tour:         07/12/1967

Cas Date:             03/03/1968

Age at Loss:       19

Remains:               Body recovered

Location:             Pleiku Province, South Vietnam

Type:                     Hostile, died outright

Reason:                 Artillery, rocket, or mortar


Long Island National Cemetery, New York

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The Herald Statesman – Yonkers, NY – March 9, 1968


Peter James Mitchell, Spec. 4 with the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, was killed in Dak To, Vietnam on March 4. He would have been 20 years old in two weeks.

A former Herald Statesman newspaper carrier, he was the son of Peter Frank and Mary D., (Gleason) Mitchell of 33 Hamilton Ave.

The telegram which his parents received this morning said that Peter died “from multiple fragment wounds received while the base camp was under hostile mortar attack.”
It went on to say that the delay in notifying them of their son’s death was due to a tactical situation existing in Vietnam the past few days.

Peter, or “Mitch” as he was called by his friends, entered the service Jan. 19, 1967. He completed his basic training three months later at Ft. Jackson, S.C., and in July he was sent to Vietnam.

Born in the Bronx, March 26, 1948, Peter was graduated from St. Peter’s School in Yonkers and from Yonkers High School in 1966.

A communicant and former altar boy of St. Peter’s Church, he was also a member of the Lud-Dale Association League.

Before entering the service, he was employed for two years by the Gilber Pharmacy on Riverdale Avenue, where he worked behind the counter and delivered orders.

Peter’s body will get a military escort to Flynn’s Funeral Home when he is brought back to the U.S. The escort will stay with him until burial and will assist the family.

Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Mrs. James (Mary) Moriarty Jr. of Yonkers and Theresa M. Mitchell, who is in her second year at Westchester Community College, and a brother, Patrick J. Mitchell, who is a student at P.S. 27 of Valentine Lane.

Surviving also are a grandmother in Ireland and 15 aunts and uncles scattered in the U.S., Ireland and Australia.

9/23/09 – by Jim McIlhenney –

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Remembering Peter Mitchell

2/25/15 – by Bill Regan

I and my brothers remember you oh so well growing up in south Yonkers going to St. Peter’s grammar school and your home on Hamilton Avenue. I gave a veteran’s day speech once and had the honor of speaking about you

John   Naradzay, 430 Pershing Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 – – Jun 13, 2015

School Pals

‘Mitch’ and I attended Cardinal Hayes and graduated in 1966 together. We often did homework on the subway ride home. I remember one hot, really hot, Friday afternoon seated on hard subway seats, he with a book resting on his knees tapping out the beat to ‘California Dreamer’ with a long yellow a pencil on an open page of our 4th period religion book. He had a beautiful girlfriend too and as it turned out not long after we would end up going to the same prom. A neighbor invited me to her prom and to my surprise there was ‘Mitch’! We had a great time! Although we never met again .. I do remember ‘Mitch’ and found him a long time ago on the Wall .. I am glad I knew him for a time.

Chris   Chernega, 6859 Jewel Ln, Macungie, Pa. 18062 –

Childhood Friend

Will Never Forget

Peter was a team mate, a friend and a brother. I still remember how we were all just totally crushed by his death. I will never forget Peter ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, because he died on my Birthday. He was one of the best Irishman I ever knew.

Rest in Peace my friend. Oct 24, 2010