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Tindall, 1st Lt. Corbin C. 1942-1969


Posted By: Nancy Tindall Yoder (email)
Date: 6/17/2007 at 14:54:50

Corbin Tindall, Former Co. A Commander, Killed In Action

Mrs. Corbin Tindall, Le Mars, received word Sunday afternoon at her home in Erdmann Trailer court that her husband, 1st Lt. Tindall, has been killed in Vietnam.

He was a former company commander of Le Mars Co. A., Iowa National Guard.

Capt. Larry Young, survivors assistant officer at Sioux City, brought the message to Mrs. Tindall. He told the Daily Sentinel he received his information Sunday by telephone from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., casualty branch.

His information stated that Corbin Clark Tindall died Saturday, April 12, in the Republic of Vietnam.

He was on combat operation when he encountered hostile force and was killed in action, the officer reported.

No other details were available as the Daily Sentinel went to press. It is reported Mrs. Tindall is waiting for official confirmation by telegram.

Lt. Tindall is the first member of Le Mars Co. A to be killed in Vietnam.

The Daily Sentinel only last Saturday received a news release from army headquarters in Vietnam reporting 'army 1st Lt. Corbin C. Tindall, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Tindall, route 3, Le Mars, was assigned to the 1st Cavalry division (airmobile) in Vietnam, March 3.'

First Lt. Tindall was Le Mars Co., A., Iowa National Guard company commander when the group was activated last May. The company was sworn into the regular army April 27, 1968, at Koenig armory, after the Pueblo crisis.

He served at Fort Carson, Colo., and in January was home on leave before going to Vietnam.

Lt. Tindall succeeded Capt. James A. Downing, who had been transferred to battalion staff S1 officer, and took command of the unit before it left for Fort Carson.

Capt. Downing at that time said of Lt. Tindall, "Lt. Tindall is a very capable officer and I have no reservations at all in turning the company over to him."

While at Fort Carson, the company command was changed again and Lt. Tindall received orders for Vietnam.

Lt. Tindall began his military career as a private in Co. A at Le Mars in February 1963. He served in enlisted command positions until May 1965 when he was selected to attend the Officer Candidate course at the USA Infantry school, Fort Benning, Ga.

He was commissioned in the Army National Guard as a second lieutenant in May 1965 and assigned as a platoon leader.

Jan. 1, 1968, he was assigned as executive officer in Co. A, a position he held until his appointment as company commander.

He was a graduate of Akron high school and of Westmar College in 1964 with a degree in biology. During his National Guard service he has been graduated from the Officer Candidate course at Fort Benning, Ga., and the Basic Orientation course at the same post.

His wife, the former Avis Schluchter, lives at 300 Fifth St. NW, and is employed in Le Mars as a bookkeeper. She formerly taught eighth grade at Westfield School.

Lt. Tindall and his wife were engaged in farming at rural Akron when he was called to active duty.
~LeMars Daily Sentinel, Monday, April 14, 1969


Mrs. Corbin Tindall, LeMars, late Monday afternoon received official information confirming the death of her husband, 1st Lt. Corbin Tindall in action in Vietnam.

The telegram came from the army adjutant generalís office, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Tindall Sunday had been personally advised by an army officer from Sioux City that her husband, a former commander of LeMars Co. A., Iowa National Guard, had been killed in action Saturday.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Mauer funeral home in LeMars.

Survivors are his wife, Avis; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Tindall; and a brother, Rollin, all of LeMars.


Military funeral services for Lt. Corbin Clark Tindall, 26, LeMars, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church in LeMars.

Rev. Clair Odell and Rev. Harold Varce will officiate and burial will be Adaville Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of the Mauer funeral home.

Lt. Tindall died April 12 during hostile action while serving as an activated member of LeMars Co. A., Iowa National Guard, in Vietnam.

He was born Sept. 6, 1942, at Akron and had farmed until he was activated in the army in May 1968. He was a former commander of Co. A. and had been in Vietnam for six weeks.

June 11, 1965, he was married to Avis Schluchter at Cavalier, N.D. His parents are J. Clark and Cleo Gabel Tindall.

First Lt. Tindall was a member of the United States armed forces; Farm Bureau and Adaville United Methodist Church, rural Merrill.

Survivors are his wife, Avis Tindall, LeMars; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Clark Tindall, rural LeMars; a brother, Rollin Tindall, rural Akron; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Tindall, LeMars.

~source: LeMars Daily Sentinel


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