Ayer, Herley, Jr., SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B40, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1952 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kahoka, MO
Last Address
Kahoka, MO

Casualty Date
Jan 17, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arnni Memorial Cemetery - Lancaster, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 061

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 Unit Assignments
9th Infantry Division5th Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1967-1968, 11B40, 9th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 11B40, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Casualty Occurrence: Firefight on Combat Operation, location undetermined.

All seven of my grandmother's brothers served in the military. Two of her brothers were killed in World War II , seven days apart.  Sgt. Gilbert Harold Ayer(s) and then Pvt. Robert Wayne Ayer(s). Their last name is "Ayer", however it was not until my great-aunt applied for military benefits that the family realized that it was mis-spelled. The only way she could get the benefits was to change her last name..so she did. From what I understand all 13 of the Ayer children were born on the farm..no birth certificates I guess. 

SFC Herley Ayer Jr. (Junior) was then killed in Vietnam January 17, 1968. I would have been two years old. From the information I have from my grandmother, He entered the service in February of 1952. He served overseas from 1952-1954 in Germany. He then was in Korea sometime 1960-1961. He was a Presidential Honor Guard at the Whitehouse August 1961-April 1967. He left for Vietnam December of 1967, was killed January 17, 1968 at the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. He made it through all of those years of military service, and was killed in Vietnam after being there a month.....I can't imagine what my great-grandparents must have went through. 
My father was a marine who served in Korea during the "conflict".  My oldest son and daughter were both in the Navy. My son is out now and works at Scott AFB, Ill. My daughter is still in and just finished her second deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS. Harry S. Truman...
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