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VIETNAM WAR CASUALTIES

RINGGOLD COUNTY, IOWA

The Vietnam War was fought from 1959 to April 30, 1975 between the Communist North Vietnam and their allies, and the government of South Vietnam with the support of the United States and other member nation sof the Southeast Asia Treat Organization (SEATO). The United States entered into the war to prevent a Communist takeover of South Vietnam, with U.S. military advisors arriving in 1950. The United States' involvment escalated in the early 1960's with combat units deployed beginning in 1965. The United States' involvement peaked in 1968 during the time of the Tet Offensive. Although all parties involved signed a peace treaty in January of 1973, hostile engagements continues. The North Vietnamese army captured Saigon in April of 1975. North and South Vietnam were reunited the following year.

The Vietnam War was the longest military conflict in United States History. The Vietnam War resulted in the heavy loss of human life: 3 to 4 million Vietnamese on both sides; 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians; and, 58,159 American soldiers with another 304,000 who were wounded.

 

NAME RANK/GRADE BRANCH HOMETOWN DATE of BIRTH DATE of CASUALTY
HACKER
Vernon
         
MERRITT
Charles Everett
CPL Army
Co A 14th Inf
25th Inf Div
Runnells 05 May 1949 K.I.A.
28 Dec 1969
S. Vietnam
Interment Merritt Cemetery
REECE
Howard Wayne
LCPL Marines Shannon City 21 Aug 1946 K.I.A.
16 Feb 1967
S. Vietnam
SAVILLE
Jacob
         
SISSEL
Charles Edward
PFC Army Kellerton 13 Nov 1946 K.I.A.
29 Dec 1965
S. Vietnam
SON
Michael Pren
EN/3 U.S. Coast Guard Mount Ayr 07 Feb 1952 19 Jun 1973
car accident on day of discharge
YASHACK
Ronald Allen
PFC Army Diagonal 05 Sep 1947 K.I.A.
24 May 1969
S. Vietnam

 

The Wall Remembered, by Sharon R. Becker, 2004

SOURCE:
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War

Compiled by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

To contribute to Ringgold County's military pages,
contact Sharon R. Becker at srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.


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