Korecki, Eugene M., CPT

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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1964 - 1968



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 009

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1967-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 03 Feb 1968 B Company, 4th Bn, 23rd Infantry, engaged an enemy force in Binh Duong Province northwest of Saigon. Seven Americans died in the engagement and one disappeared. Many were wounded. They were

CPT Eugene M. Korecki, Toledo, OH (B Company Commander)
SP5 Leslie L. Cowden, Cedar, MN (medic, HHC w/ B/4/23)
SP4 Bruce E. Engstrom, White Plains, NY
SP4 Charles J. Sabatier, Galveston, TX (WIA, died June 11, 2009)
CPL Howard Sadler, Valley Mills, TX
PFC Leon Anderson, Senatobia, MS
PFC Vernon Z. Johns, Baltimore, MD
PFC Dale H. Schmidt, Harrison, IA
PFC Marion E. Wilson, Zanesville, OH

PFC Marion Wilson was driving an armored personnel carrier which was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, caught fire, and suffered internal explosions from on-board ammunition. His body could not be extracted from the vehicle before the intense fire and explosions gutted it, nor could identifiable remains be recovered from the wreckage. He was classified as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

PFC Vernon Johns was last seen standing in the gunner's hatch of his personnel carrier, firing his .50 caliber machinegun at the enemy, but could not be located following the engagement. He was classed as Missing in Action but later was reclassified as captured. He did not return in 1973 with the other released POWs and was declared dead on 05 July 1978. Promoted while in MIA/POW status, Sergeant First Class Johns's remains were repatriated in 1989 and positively identified on 16 April 1991.

"Doc" John Wood, a member of Company C, related in his 2011 email: I remember the day of February 3, 1968 well. We were behind Bravo Company and they went right into a 3 sided ambush. The Commmanding Officer, Captain Eugene Korecki of Bravo was shot and killed and our Charlie CO, Captain Michael Connors was also shot in the chest and seriously wounded but lived. It was a "Hell of a day" and I would guess that Mr. Sabatier was in Bravo Company as they took the most casualties that day, both KIA and WIA's. We medevaced a bunch of people that day.

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