Valentine, Lewis Russell, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11B10, B Company, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Private First Class

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Altoona, PA
Last Address
Paoli, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 15, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chestnut Grove Cemetery - Chester County, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 040

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion 12th Infantry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1969-1969, 11B10, B Company, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry
  1969-1969, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Thomas Valentine
Two Long Rd.
Berwyn, PA 19312 USA
Lewis was not only my brother, but also my best friend. Even though he has been gone for over thirty years I still miss him and mourn the loss of everything that we would have achieved together. Dying for an unjust cause did not make him a HERO! He was and always will be my personal HERO!
Thursday, December 02, 2004


A Man That Was A Great Chef In The Making.

I Remember Mr Lewis Valentine From Dobbins Tech. He Was A Good Man That Took Me Under His Wing And Treated Me Like A Brother. The Man Was So Gifted And He Amazed Me With His Knowledge Of Cooking. Gone Way Too Soon. Your Never Forgotten Lewis.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 
February 19, 1969
Wanted to Be Chef

Paoli Soldier Killed
After Month's Combat

A 20-year-old Paoli soldier who had been in Vietnam only a month had been killed in action near Cu Chi, South Vietnam, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
Hw was identified as Army Pfc. Lewis R. Valentine, of 16 Summit ave., a rifleman with B Co., of the 25th Division. He previously had been listed as missing in action.
Valentine, an all-around athlete at Great Valley High School, Malvern, was graduated in 1967 and attended Dobbins Vocational High School, where he studied restaurant management. He was drafted on June 27, 1968.
His mother, Mrs. Mary A. Valentine, said her son never complained.
"All he ever wrote about was what he wanted to do with his future.
"He wanted to come home and continue school-he had already been accepted in the Culinary Institute of America, in New Haven, Conn. He wanted to be a great chef," his mother said.
Surviving besides his mother are two brothers, Allen, 28, and Thomas, 19.
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