Merchant, Lonnie Vester, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B40-Combat Engineer Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 12B20, 1st Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1953 - 1969

Sergeant First Class


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Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hazelhurst, GA
Last Address
Hazelhurst, GA

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Jacksonville, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 062

 Official Badges 

Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male) Drill Sergeant Badge


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar


 
 Unit Assignments
1st Engineer Battalion
  1968-1969, 12B20, 1st Engineer Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
My Drill Sergeant: Yes, Drill Sergeant! How many times did I say that to him in the fall of 1966 during basic training at Ft Lewis, Washington? He was tough, he was good, he was a Soldier! A year later when I returned to the same training company as a 2nd Lieutenant, he was still there, teaching, and building soldiers. How many thousands of Vietnam veterans survived because of what they learned from him? He certainly was A HERO!, Michael Cromar, Captain, Infantry, USA (RET), michael@cromar.net
 
My Sgt and MY best friend in Vietnam: Sgt Merchant was my Plt.Sgt, I was 4th squad leader while I served in Vietnam, (Big Red 1)First Engineers. Sgt Merchant always depended on me to get jobs done, go show them what needs to be done, he would tell me. Later in evenings he would find me and we would talk and have a cool refreshment. The Sgt was tough, be he and I enjoyed our time together. I was out on ambush and mine sweep patrol when our camp was overrun. Sgt Merchant was on the search and secure team, when a sniper saw him. Our Plt was severly damaged by the attack and the loss of Sgt Merchant. All NCO's were gone except myself. I was the Plt. Sgt.We survived the next attack the following day, and then we were pulled back to a secure area. Every time I see the wall I always see Sgt Merchant my friend. Dennis Fuchs, My PLT Sgt. in Vietnam, 49 Highview Drive, Eureka, MO 63025


 
   
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