Duncan, Walter Earl, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry
Service Years
1967 - 1967

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 20, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Owl Creek Cemetery - Beaver, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 057

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Vietnam (USARV)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)1st Battalion, 35th Infantry
  1967-1967, 11B10, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1967-1967, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

HHC, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders Number 1708

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.

On 19 May 1967 Private First Class Duncan distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman in Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, which was conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho.

His platoon had the mission of sweeping south through a suspected North Vietnamese Army battalion base camp in a village. As the platoon entered the village, it encountered the enemy, well dug-in and heavily fortified. The enemy waited until the platoon had advanced to within 25 meters of their positions, and then opened fire with small arms and automatic weapons.

Private First Class Duncan was wounded in the initial burst of fire, but he remained forward, covering the rest of the platoon until they could shift to more tenable positions and evacuate the wounded. Then, despite his wounds and the intensity of the enemy fire, he made an assault on an enemy bunker dangerously close to the platoon's position. Reaching the bunker, he hurled a hand grenade into it, destroying it and its occupants.

Later he succumbed to his wounds, but his efforts had been instrumental to the success of the platoon's assault. Private First Class Duncan's unselfish bravery and personal courage in the face of the enemy are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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