Babich, John Michael, CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1969 - 1970


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Franklin Grove, IL
Last Address
Franklin Grove, IL

Casualty Date
Jul 22, 1970
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens - Dixon, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 041 /Sect. D Lot 249, Grave # 1

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Leonard Wood, MO)
  1969, 13th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division
  1970-1970, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
  1970-1970, 11B10, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

927 was loHill cated 20 miles due west of Hue and about 7 miles northeast of the northern end of the A Shau Valley. The 1st Cavalry Division built Fire Support Base Carol on Hill 927 in 1968, and it was used by elements of the 101st Airborne as early as January 1969. The position was of considerable importance because it lay only 5 miles north of Hill 1615, also known as Co Pung Mountain or "The Warehouse", wherein was hidden a major logistics complex which supported the North Vietnamese Army's 29th and 803rd Regiments.

Hill 927 was abandoned, then reopened by ground assault on 11 Apr 1970. Elements of the 101st Airborne took up residence in what was now known as Fire Support Base Ripcord and proceeded to make life miserable for the NVA commands in and around the Co Pung. This situation elicited a violent response from the NVA leading to the "Siege of FSB Ripcord" in June-July 1970. The three-week period covering the siege cost the 101st Airborne 75 killed and 345 wounded in action before FSB Ripcord was again abandoned on 23 July 1970.

Hill 805, which lies 1.5 kilometers east-southeast of FSB Ripcord, was the location of heavy fighting throughout much of July. On 21-22 July, the 1st and 2nd Bns, 506th Infantry lost twenty men there:

B Btry, 2nd Bn, 319th Artillery
2LT Steven A. Olson, Chamblee, GA

HHC, 326th Med Bn
SGT Brent R. Law, St Johns, MI

D Co, 1st Bn, 506th Infantry
CPT Donald R. Workman, Kirkwood, MO
SFC Ronald J. Schultz, Hillsboro, KS
CPL Frank L. Asher, Hamilton, OH
CPL Peter P. Huk, Cedar Rapids, IA

HHC, 1st Bn, 506th Infantry
CPL Robert B. Hays, Weslaco, TX

A Co, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry
1LT William A. Pahissa, Tucson, AZ
SSG John W. Kreckel, Milwaukee, WI (Dist Svc Cross)
SSG Gerald B. Singleton, Indio, CA
SGT Harvey R. Neal, South Boston, VA
SGT Thomas R. Schultz, Pittsburgh, PA
CPL John M. Babich, Franklin Grove, IL
CPL Virgil M. Bixby, Iowa City, IA
CPL Robert J. Brown, Buffalo, NY
CPL Danny J. Fries, Council Bluffs, IA
SP4 Robert M. Journell, Salem, VA
SP4 Donald J. Severson, Superior, WI

B Co, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry
CPL Francis E. Maune, Washington, MO

HHC, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry
SGT Mark G. Draper, Finly, IN

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