Entrican, Danny Day, CPT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-Present, 1542, POW/MIA
Service Years
1969 - 1971


Special Forces

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Date
May 18, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GASpecial Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (A)
Command & Control North (CCN), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)Reconnaissance Team Alaska, Command & Control North (CCN)POW/MIA
  1969-1969, 6, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1969-1970, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
  1970-1970, 1542, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1970-1970, 1542, Det A-236 (Lac Thien/Bu Prang), Det B-23 (Ban Me Thuot) Company B 5th SF Group
  1970-1971, 1542, Command & Control North (CCN), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1970-1971, 1542, Reconnaissance Team Alaska, Command & Control North (CCN)
  1971-Present, 1542, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Last Known Activity
Danny went through Infantry OCS in 1969. He graduated as a 2Lt on September 28, 1969. He then went through SFOC and graduated at the end of March 1970. He was then stationed at Fort Devens with the 10th SFG and then in Vietnam with the 5th SFG. He was assigned to A-236 at Bu Prang and then went through 1-0 school in late 1970. He was then assigned to RT Alaska, CCN, at Marble Mountain near Danang, which had been redesignated as TF1AE (Task Force One Advisory Element) at the time of RT Alaska's loss.


Recon Team ALASKA, consisting of three US special forces soldiers and three Nung troops, was inserted into the Da Krong Valley, Thua Thien Province, SVN, reportedly on 8 May 1971. On 18 May, when located about a mile from the Laotian/SVN border, RT ALASKA was engaged by an NVA force and called for an emergency extraction.

Two Americans - SP5 Gary L. Hollingsworth and SSG Dale W. Dehnke - and one Nung were killed in the fighting; Entrican and the other two Nungs attempted to evade the NVA. Surviving commando Truong Minh Long and interpreter Truong To Ha stated that they rolled downhill after a hostile search party detected them hiding in the bush. Entrican, who apparently was wounded, yelled at them to move out and try to make the pickup alone.

Meanwhile, the pick-up helicopter, a UH-1H Huey (tail number 67-17607, C Co, 158th Avn Bn) crewed by

  • WO David P. Soyland, pilot,
  • WO Dale A. Pearce, copilot,
  • SP5 Harold E. Parker, crew chief, and
  • SP4 Gary A. Alcorn, door gunner,

was hit by automatic weapons and RPG fire as it approached the pickup point, rolled over, impacted on its right side, and slid down a slope. Warrant Officer Pearce was killed in the crash, but the other three crewmen were able to exit the aircraft.

Additional ground forces were inserted in an attempt to recover the survivors of both RT ALASKA and the downed Huey. SP5 Parker, SP4 Alcorn, and the two surviving Nungs were found alive. While Pearce's remains were identified the rescue party lacked the tools needed to free his body from the wreckage. The bodies of Hollingsworth, Dehnke, and the two Nungs were recovered. SP4 Alcorn reported that he saw a man, believed to be WO Soyland, running on the crest of a nearby ridge, but although search efforts continued until 27 May the searchers were unable to locate either 1LT Entrican or WO Soyland.

Enemy documents dated May 1971 were later captured mentioned an American captured in the area, but it was impossible to determine if the documents referred to Entrican or Soyland. Both men were carried as Missing in Action until the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death (Soyland on 10 Apr 1978; Entrican on 6 Dec 1978).

First Lieutenant Entrican had previously been awarded three Bronze Stars for heroism in action.

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