Red Hawk, Jesse Milton, PV2

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Last Rank
Private (E-2)
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
63B10-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 63B10, 35th Engineer Group
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private (E-2)

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pine Ridge
Last Address
Pine Ridge

Casualty Date
Nov 10, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Accidental Homicide
Ninh Thuan (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39W 045

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18th Engineer Brigade589th Engineer Battalion35th Engineer Group
  1967-1968, 63B10, 18th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1968, 63B10, A Company, 589th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1968, 63B10, 35th Engineer Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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Last Known Activity
Jesse Milton Red Hawk was born in Pine Ridge on April 9, 1948, to Ward and Jeanette (Richards) Red Hawk. Jesse was the oldest; he had three brothers, John, Melvin, and Wardell and three sisters, Gail, Leota, and Mary. Jesse attended Pine Ridge High School. His brother, Melvin, remembers that Jesse was a quiet person who liked to hunt and fish.

Jesse enlisted in the service and entered active duty on May 9, 1967, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He commenced his tour of Vietnam on December 22, 1967 as a member of Company A, 589th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade. Melvin remembers that he wrote home while he was still in the States, but once he was in Vietnam, his letters were “few and far between.”

On November 10, 1968, Private Jesse Milton Red Hawk died of wounds he received in Ninh Thuan Province, South Vietnam. It is believed that someone from Ellsworth Air Force Base came down to notify his family that he’d been killed. His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Pvt. Jesse M. Red Hawk’s name can be found on Panel 39W, Line 045, Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

His current survivors include his mother, Jeanette, and his siblings, Melvin, John, Gail, and Leota.

Dave Larson, 8th Grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, respectfully submitted this entry. Information was provided by an application for a SD Vietnam Veterans’ bonus. Additional information and photo provided by Melvin Red Hawk, brother, Pine Ridge.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 39W 045

Service #   16985415

Start of Tour   12/22/1967

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