Pyle, Jesse Andrew, SP 5 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Last Primary MOS
71C-Stenographer
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1964-1965, 71C, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
Service Years
1952 - 1965

Specialist 5


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1929
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Jefferson, Jay County
Last Address
Marina, California
Springfield, Oregon

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pleiku
Conflict
Vietnam War/Vietnam Unspecified Operations
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 086

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 Unit Assignments
US ArmyMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1963-1964, 71C, Fort Ord, CA
  1964-1965, 71C, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
 Combat and Operations History
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1964-1965 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SP5 Jesse Pyle had prior service in Korea during the Korean War.

In Vietnam, he served with HQ, MACV at Camp Holloway, Pleiku, RVN. He had been assigned previously to Ford Ord, California and served in Korea during the Korean War 1952).

On the night of 7 February 1967, he was on sentry duty when he heard and spotted VC infiltrating the base and setting up explosive charges. He was killed by a full blast of one of these charges after he fired on them, forcing them to set off their charges prematurely. This gave warning of the attack. This was followed by an intense mortar attack on the base. Seven others were killed in the attack and over 100 wouded.

Those killed:

Captain George Markos
SP5 Jesse A. Pyle
PFC Alvin G. Parker
SP4 Ralph W. Broughman
SP5 David Craig, III
SP5 Gerald D. Founds
PFC Joseph K. Belanger
Possibly, PFC Theodore Lamb

He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that night. He was recommended for the Medal of Honor by Senator Hugh Scott (Rep-Pennsylvania).

SP5 Pyle was interred in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, Plot: G, 2267-G.

He left a wife and three little daughters at his death in Marina, California, near Fort Ord.

 
   
Comments/Citation
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Note:  May possibly have left the service for a short time, reenlisting in 1958.

"Alert GI Saved Pleiku From Far Worse Fate," The Sheboyman Press,
Wisconsin,  8 February 1965, page 1 and 12.  Details of the incident in which he was killed.

 
   
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