Igoe, William John, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11D10, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry /A Troop
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private First Class



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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warrington , PA
Last Address
Warrington , PA

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Burns
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 052

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Division1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1967-1967, 11D10, 1st Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 11D10, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry /A Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  1965-1965, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class William John Igoe, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.

Private First Class Igoe distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 July 1967 while serving as a machine gunner on an Armored Assault Vehicle. In the early morning hours, his base camp was attacked by a large enemy force firing mortars, recoilless rifles, automatic weapons and explosive charges.

From the outset, Private Igoe poured heavy fire into the attacking insurgents killing many and preventing penetration of his portion of the perimeter. When an enemy force succeeded in breaking through another portion of the defenses, he continued his accurate fire though wounded by mortar fragments.

As the battle progressed, an explosive charge was thrown into the assault vehicle but was deflected by Private Igoe. The ensuing explosion seriously wounded him and set the vehicle afire, but he continued to fire on the attackers while directing the other members of the crew to escape. As the men were leaving, a recoilless rifle round hit the vehicle and mortally wounded Private Igoe.

His courageous actions in warning his comrades before the final explosion undoubtedly saved their lives. Private First Class Igoe's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4429 (August 30, 1967)
Action Date: 11-Jul-67
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Troop A, 1st Squadron
Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment
Division: 1st Infantry Division



 
   
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Dennis Igoe
texigoe@kingwoodcable.net

Brother

5414 Beaver Lodge Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77345 USAA

Brother and Son

In the hearts and minds of your family you will be forever young and forever our hero.

Sunday, March 24, 2002
   
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