Aull, Earl Dubois, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1542, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1964 - 1965


Second Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by LTC Roger Gaines to remember Aull, Earl Dubois (Butch), 2LT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Orleans, LA
Last Address
New Orleans, LA

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Metairie Cemetery - New Orleans, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 068

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 1542, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern Mississippi
  1960-1964, University of Southern Mississippi
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Casualty Occurrence: See below:

Lt. Earl D. Aull, a dear friend, college classmate and fraternity brother was affectionately known to us as Butch. Butch was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The service picture was taken on May 27, 1964 at his ROTC commissioning ceremony at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Shortly after graduation from Southern Miss, Butch married Francis Martin of Tylertown, Mississippi, also a Southern Miss graduate. Butch was an infantry officer and was killed in action on 17 November 1965 while leading his surviving troops toward safety in the face of a numerically superior enemy force near Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley of South Vietnam. Lt. Aull was a Platoon Leader assigned to Charley Company, 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry.

During the action Lt. Aull and his platoon valiantly fought off continuing attacks and as he led them forward he was cut down with AK 47 automatic fire. He died instantly, but because of his leadership, his troops continued to break out from the desperation. The wounded and remaining men of Lt. Aull's platoon joined up with Lt. Bud Alley, who was with Lt. Aull prior to his death. They were able to infiltrate and escape and evade capture reaching safe lines as dawn rose on 18 November 1965. Lt. Aull's story and many other are told in WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...AND YOUNG, by Lt. General Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway. His story and others are also told in another book, THE GHOSTS of the GREEN GRASS written by Lt. Bud Alley.

Lt. Earl D. (Butch) Aull's medals reside at the University of Southern Mississippi ROTC department. On 16 November, 2013 his surviving relatives, his Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers and Lt. Bud Alley presented Lt. Aull's Bronze Star for Heroism, the Purple Heart for wounds received that day and other medals and citations to the ROTC department in memory of alumnus Earl D. "Butch" Aull.
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