Vasquez, David, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B20, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSG Carl A. Elliott to remember Vasquez, David, SP 4.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Juan Bautista , CA
Last Address
San Juan Bautista , CA

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
San Juan District Cemetery - San Jaun Bautista, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17E 025

 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
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
  1966-1967, 11B20, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1966-1967, 11B20, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Sam Houston
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them. 

  • Remembered by your friends

    you were one of a kind, your quiet and shy manner, your soft smile will never be forgotten. On this Veterans Day, you are remembered with love. 
    Vince and Mickie Luna of Hollister CA
Dennis Thompson
Served together
13 Grist Mill Rd
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A Brave Man who wanted to fight for his Country
David was in the 3rd platoon Co A 1/8 we were together on basic and went to Vietnam abord the troop ship W.O.Gordon. I have a photo of him on sitting on Elbert Bezue bunk back in Ft Lewis. David I think of all the men who I seved with all the time. We fought for what we believed in, our country. God Rest 
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
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