Geoghegan, John Lance, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1963 - 1965


Second Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 15, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Bethel, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 056

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1965, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania Military CollegeUniversity of Pennsylvania
  1959-1963, Pennsylvania Military College
  1963-1964, University of Pennsylvania
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Geoghegan was a distinguished graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University), receiving many awards during his time there.

Following college, he and his wife travelled to Tanganyika (Tanzania) to work as missionaries with Catholic Relief Services. Upon his return, he attended the Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

In Vietnam, he began his tour 18 August 1965. He served with 2nd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was one of 234 soldiers who died in the three day battle in the Ia Drang Valley. Lt. Geoghegan was killed on the second day of the battle while attempting to rescue one of his wounded men, PFC Willie Godboldt (who died of his wounds shortly thereafter ).

He left a young wife and infant daughter at his death and a legacy of who he was. He was interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bethel, near Danbury, Connecticut .

A scholarship was established in his name at his college following his death.
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