Towery, Herman Turner, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1962-1964, 1542, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1953 - 1964

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Special Forces
Captain


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Duncans Creek
Last Address
Georgetown, SC

Casualty Date
Oct 22, 1964
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens - Georgetown, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 01E Line 067

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Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group


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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
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Grenade

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1962-1964, 1542, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Detachment A-211, 1st SFGA

A-211, commanded by Capt Van Dine, was located at Don Phuoc, Kien Phong Province, IV CTZ, during the period 3 October 1964 thru 15 January 1965. At Don Phuoc, the Detachment's mission was surveillance of the Vietnam-Cambodian border. The Detachment accomplished its mission using boats and sampans. It was during the conduct of such an operation in October 1964, that Capt Towery, the Executive Officer, was killed in action. On 15 January, the team moved to Thu Duc, Bien Hoa Province, III CTZ, with a mission of training Vietnamese Rangers. The Detachment's replacement XO, Lt Sandlin proceeded to Nui Ba Den, Tay Ninh Province, III CTZ, where he took command of a security force guarding a radio relay station. The detachment returned to Okinawa on 17 March 1965.

   
Comments/Citation
Capt. Herman Turner Towery
Native of Duncan's Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina.
Captain Herman Towery was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, CPT Towery served our country until October 22nd, 1964 in South Vietnam. He was 30 years old and was married. It was reported that Herman died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. Herman was born on April 27th, 1934 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. CPT Towery is on panel 01E, line 067 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 10 years.

Captain Herman Turner Towery, was survived by his wife and two sons. Captain Towery was RA from 1953 to 04 April, 1961 when he completed OCS and received his commission as Second Lieutenant, USAR. He served with Bravo Company, Detachment A-211(Don Phouc), 1st Special Forces Group, Special Forces Vietnam. It was reported that Captain Towery died from small arms fire during a water-born recon mission in the vicinity of Don Phouc Airfield in Kein Phong Province. His body was later recovered in a rice field. Captain Towery was posthumously awarded The Silver Star Medal for Bravery, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Achievement Medal and The Commendation Medal.
 
The medals were given to his widow at Ft Jackson, SC. The citation reads as follows:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, has awarded the Silver Star, posthumously, to:

CAPTAIN HERMAN TOWERY, UNITED STATES ARMY for gallantry in action: Captain Herman Towery, Infantry, distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 October 1964. As an Advisor, Captain Towery was accompanying a Vietnamese Company on a routine search and clear operation when the friendly units were suddenly ambushed by a strong Viet Cong force. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Towery positioned himself at the apex of the onslaught to cover the withdrawal of the forward platoon. As the onrushing attackers inflicted heavy casualties on the friendly forces and demanded surrender, Captain Towery responded by firing his M79 grenade launcher into the enemy troops and refusing to retreat. With fortitude, determination, and indomitable courage, he remained exposed to the intense small arms fire until the platoon had regrouped and began to return the fire. Until he was captured by the enemy, he continued his brave efforts which stabilized the defense posture of the platoon and kept casualties to a minimum. Captain Towery's conspicuous gallantry in action is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

   
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