Ayers, Harold Gene, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jonesboro, TN
Last Address
Jonesboro, TN

Casualty Date
Jun 26, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Seviers Cemetery - Jonesboro, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 096

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 28th Infantry 1st Infantry Division
  1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry
  1965-1966, 11B10, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence: See Below.

"When I was 15 years old, I bought the book 'Last Man Out' by James Parker Jr, at a local bookstore. It was the story of Lt. Parker's time in Vietnam and it was a book that I couldn't put down. I had been reading about Vietnam for quite some time - reading the stories of the young men who fought and died there, determined that they wouldn't be forgotten. I had even gone to a local Memorial Day service honoring the Vietnam Veterans of my town. I couldn't tell you why I was so passionate about learning about the men whose names line the Wall, only that I was.

As Lt. Parker was describing the NCOs in his platoon near the beginning of the book, a sentence he wrote jumped out at me. He described a teenager named Ayers, an 18 year old private. Being that he was so young, only three years older than most of my boyfriends, he tugged at my heart. And later in the book, when Lt. Parker mentioned how Ayers never got any mail during mail call, I wanted to cry. Speaking of mail call Lt. Parker writes this about Ayers:

"Ayers was always in front, but he never seemed to get any mail. Bratcher said that it was painful for him when he had say to Ayers that he got no mail; the big lug always looked so hurt. It wasn't that Ayers didn't write to anyone. Every couple of days he gave the company clerk a painfully addressed letter to someone in the Midwest. As far as we knew, no one ever responded. I would have written him. I wanted to yell at whoever it was who he was writing that never wrote him back!

A few months later Ayers went on patrol and was killed in an ambush. Lt. Parker said in that he stayed on point until he dropped, and never complained. He was strong as an ox, quiet, responded to praise. I've read many more books about the Vietnam War, and I've heard many more stories, but his story, his memory stays in mind. I've looked in numerous places on the net, but could never find a memorial for him. He can rest in peace knowing however that not everyone has forgotten him, that I will always remember him. If anyone has any additional information on Harold Gene Ayers please feel free contact me at my email address below. " The point-of-contact for this memorial is: a girl who will never forget, Mary Wester, MaryWester@aol.com, 22 Jan 2003
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