Lopez, Leopoldo Ayala, SGT

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Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
Service Years
1968 - 1970


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Home Town
Last Address
8316 Manistee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617

Casualty Date
May 12, 1970
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph Cemetery - Alamo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 026

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 5th Infantry25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1970-1970, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
  1970-1970, 11B20, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)/Operation Bold Lancer I
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 20, 2012, General Photos2
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Hymn to the Fallen performed by the 451st Army Band.


At 5:30 AM on May 12, 1970, Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized) received small arms, rocket-propelled grenade, sniper, and mortar fire from an unknown number of enemy five miles northeast of Kampong Trach on the sixth day of an incursion into Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese Army base areas. Companies A and B, 1/5 Infantry (M), reacted and joined the battle. The Americans returned fire with the support of aerial rocket artillery, a helicopter Light Fire Team, and one artillery battery which fired 211 high explosive rounds at the enemy. Contact was broken at 9:50 AM. Six U.S. soldiers and one Kit Carson Scout were killed in the engagement, and 43 were wounded (30 with minor wounds). Six armored personnel carriers were destroyed in the action. A reported thirteen enemy soldiers were killed. The lost U.S. personnel included PVT Ronald E. Campbell, SP4 Ardie R. Copas, SP4 David F. Johnson, PFC Stephen J. Keesler, SP4 Leopoldo A. Lopez, and PFC Thomas A. Stephens. Campbell was posthumously promoted to Private First Class. Johnson and Stephens were posthumously promoted to Corporal. Copas, Johnson, and Lopez were posthumously promoted to Sergeant. In February 2014, Copas had his Distinguished Service Cross award for his actions during the battle upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Obama. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division for the period ending July 1970]

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