Tridle, Leon Paul, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
64A10-Light Vehicle Driver
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 64A10, HHB, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chula Vista
Last Address
Chula Vista

Casualty Date
Aug 30, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 025

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23rd Artillery Group2nd Field Force Vietnam (II Field Force)2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery
  1970-1970, 23rd Artillery Group
  1970-1970, 2nd Field Force Vietnam (II Field Force)
  1970-1970, 64A10, HHB, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Leon Paul Tridle (1950 – 1970)
 by Spencer Penelooza
 War, not words can describe what "hell" it is, but even in the darkest of times there
were people who stand strong, some of these people gave their life for peace. In the past,
the have been people who protected the U.S. and maybe the world. These Soldiers are
courageous to say the least, but also they have a special something that made them go
into war without second thought. The Vietnam War for example was one war, in which
many died in the name of peace, but with there sacrifices they help many people live and
help generations of the future live in a better world.
 Leon Paul Tridle was sadly one of the people who died in the Vietnam War. He was
born on December 10, 1950, and before the war lived in Chula Vista, California. He lived
at 172 E. Orlando, Chula Vista and attended Castle Park High School. He joined the
Army in January 1967 and was initially stationed at Ft. Ord where he met his wife
Michelle. They married on September 27, 1969, and he was sent to Vietnam in March
1970. He served in the Army Division as a Fourth Class Specialist (E4). Tridle was a
man in his late teens at the time of the war. He enjoyed music, and was in the Junior High
School and High School bands. Considered and accomplished cellist, he attended a
special class at Grossmont College and took private lessons to improve his skill of music.
He also enjoyed chess and belonged to the Boys Club.
When the war started, he was assigned to Tay Ninh in South Vietnam. As the war went
on, Tridle did his best to help the cause of stopping the war, as did many others in his
division. Unfortunately, a peaceful ending to the war was not to happen in his lifetime.
The family was told that Leon Tridle had been pushed off a cliff while driving a light
armored vehicle by the driver behind him whilst they were being shelled in April of 1970.
He was found ten days later in his vehicle wounded and injured, and died on August 30,
1970 of those wounds. Leon was 19 years old. He was bringing ammo for his comrades.
He died in the line of duty.
His Social Security Number is 547-84-1486 and it was issued in California. Following
Johnson, Saum and Knobel mortuary services, SP4 Tridle was buried at the Ft. Rosecrans
National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. His grave is located at Plot: X 2806-A. He was
buried on September 10, 1970. His name appears on the WALL in Washington DC at
Panel 7 West, Row 25. In addition, his name appears at the San Diego Peace Memorial in
Balboa Park, and a street in Chula Vista is named in his honor. His name was also added
to the Stardust Spacecraft in a NASA microchip as an outreach program. Further
information can be found at:
He is survived by his wife (Michelle) and son, Leon Paul Jr; mother Mrs. Constance
Tridle and sisters Noel, Jacqueline, and Patricia, and brothers, Joseph and Rene, of Chula Vista.

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