Lapp, Herbert, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1955 - 1966

Staff Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 125

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 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1965-1966, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Last Name LAPP
Given Names HERBERT

Date of Birth 19230201 02/01/1923
Service A Army
Component R Regular
Rank SSG Staff Sergeant
Grade and posthumous promotion E6
Service Occupation 11B40 Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19660703 07/03/1966
Actual Date of Death 19660703 07/03/1966
Tour Date 651226 12/26/1965
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type A1 Hostile, Died
Reason D Gun, Small Arms Fire
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 99 Province and Military Region Unknown
Casualty Location vic Thang Duc, Id Drang Valley
Major command, eg division or brigade 25th Inf Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit B Co
Battalion or similar level unit 1st Bn
Regiment, ROAD 35th Infantry

Home of Record City HEBRON
Home of Record State Code North Dakota

Panel 08E
Line 125

Army - SSGT - E6
Age: 43
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Feb 1, 1923
Marital Status: Married
SSGT - E6 - Army - Regular
25th Infantry Division

Length of service 16 years
His tour began on Dec 26, 1965
Casualty was on Jul 3, 1966
Body was recovered

  Gone, But Not Forgotten
Posted for: HERBERT LAPP:
Staff Sergeant Herbert Lapp was a great Soldier and NCO. SSG Lapp was the Weapons Squad Leader, 3d Platoon, Co B, lst Bn, 35th Inf, 3d Bde Task Force, 25th Inf Div. He was killed in action on that fateful day, of 3 July l966, in the Ia Drang Valley (Pleiku Province). We were fellow Soldiers and Squad Leaders. SSG Lapp will never be forgotten and is sadly missed by me.
Posted by: Alonzo Jones
Relationship: Fellow Squad Leaders. 3d Plt
Tuesday, March 20, 2001
 We Remember
Posted for: HERBERT LAPP:
Herbert is buried at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, CA.
Posted by: Robert Sage
Monday, July 7, 2008

M.Sgt. Lapp VN Fatality - A telephone call from Mrs. Herbert Lapp, in Hackett CA, has brought news to Tacoma friends of the death of her husband, M.Sgt. Herbert Lapp, in a Viet Nam hospital on 3 Jul (1966).

Residents of the Lakeside Terrace Trailer Court at Spanaway Lake for two years, the family was feted by friends at a party there at Thanksgiving when the master sergeant was transferred by the Army to Hawaii. After a short stay there, he was sent to Viet Nam and the family went to her home in Hackett.

It was understood from the incomplete information that Sgt. Lapp died of infection resulting from combat wounds suffered some weeks ago (3 Jul 1966).

In addition to his wife, the sergeant is survived by two step-children, Mark Herbrand, a former student at Bethel Junior High School, and the former Miss Diane Herbrand, now married in California, who was a student at Bethel High School. They are the son and daughter of Nicholas Herbrand of Tacoma and formerly lived in Tacoma as small children.

Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 13 Jul 1966, page 1

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Staff Sergeant Lapp was a veteran of World War II. His younger brother, Marine Sergeant Edwin Lapp, was killed in action in Korea on 26 Sep 1950 while serving with the Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines.

Contrary to the newspaper article cited above, Staff Sergeant Lapp did not die from infected wounds - he was killed in action while leading his men in the Ia Drang Valley. 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, lost 20 men there on 03 Jul 1966, and two more later died of wounds received.


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