Pearson, Van Harvey, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
51N10-Water Treatment Specialist
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 51N10, C Company, 554th Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1967 - 1969

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newark, CA
Last Address
Newark, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 26, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31W 071/ Section Y Site 2060

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
20th Engineer Brigade554th Engineer Battalion79th Engineer Group
  1968-1969, 51N10, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1968-1969, 51N10, C Company, 554th Engineer Battalion
  1968-1969, 51N10, 79th Engineer Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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He was my brother. 36629 Charles St, Newark, CA 94560. Good Job Well Done, God Be With You
Van was just getting a start on life. He and his brother were hit in the same incident. Clyde survived with many injuries and is 100% disabled. There fought for their country. Mom, Elaine & I are very proud of them. They would do it again if time could turn back. Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Posted for: VAN HARVEY PEARSON: Each day you are remembered. Your birthday just passed and your family said "Happy Birthday". You may not be with us today in person, but you will always be in our hearts. Posted by: Ruth L Boring, He is my brother, Sunday, October 21, 2001

On 26 Feb 1969 the Cu Chi base camp was infiltrated by sappers, whose primary target seemed to be the 242nd ASHC Company's CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Using satchel charges and rocket propelled grenades, the attackers destroyed nine CH-47s. Details are provided by one of the 242nd ASHC's pilots:

"Approximately 40 VC sappers came through the wire between us and Cu Chi village. They were using a map drawn by one of our local labor force members. They were being covered by their own rocket and mortar attack. They ran down our flight line and threw satchel charges in most of our 16 Chinooks or hit them with RPGs at close range. Because we were on yellow alert that night, we had one crew member sleeping on each ship. Fortunately only one maintenance man got killed (decapitated by a direct hit in the head with an RPG). We had six wounded. Thirteen other Americans got killed on our base camp that night. One crew member ran around a revetment and ran directly into a VC. They were both so surprised that neither one shot the other. We did not find that crewman until almost noon. He was hiding in a ditch nearby and was assuming the worst, since in addition to destroying eight Chinooks and damaging all but two of the rest of the 16 Chinooks, the VC also ignited our POL (fuel farm). Needless to say it was a very 'colorful' night with a Spooky gunship working our perimeter most of the night. Of the 31 VC killed and 5 captured that night, 15 were killed in our company area." Gary Roush,     CH-47 pilot, 242nd ASHC

SP4 Isaac Stringer, who was Roush's door gunner and was sleeping on CH-47A tail number 66-19012, was the only man from the 242nd ASHC killed in the attack - but 13 others died as well:

    B Co, 65th Eng Bn
        SGT William B. Wilson, Campbell, NY 

    A Btry, 3rd Bn, 13th Arty Rgt
        PFC Ronald L. Quigley, Yakima, WA 

    HHC, 2nd Bn, 34th Arm Rgt
        SSG Donald C. Le Blond, Rockville, CT 

    A Co, 554th Eng Bn, 79th Eng Grp
        SSG Hobart E. Covington, Seymour, TN
        SP5 Leon R. Goodale, Madison, CT
        SP5 David C. Jackson, Indianapolis, IN 

    C Co, 554th Eng Bn, 79th Eng Grp
        SP4 Iria D. Barnett, Cove, OR
        SP4 Van H. Pearson, Newark, CA
        SP4 Henry L. Quigley, St Augustine, FL
        PFC Jerry L. Alferink, Ashtabula, OH 

    D Co, 554th Eng Bn, 79th Eng Grp
        SP4 Richard M. Johnson, Kalispell, MT
        SP4 Larry C. Koski, Menahga, MN
        SP4 John R. Tennant, Fairview, WV 
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