Vega-Maysonet, Rafael, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Barceloneta , PR
Last Address
Barceloneta, Puerto Rico

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cementerio Municipal - Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 044

 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

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Division1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1966, 11B10, 1st Infantry Division
  1966-1966, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/B Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Operation Attleboro/Battle of Ap Cha Do
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 26, 2019, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Final Mission of PFC Rafael Vega-Maysonet:
Operation Attleboro was a search and destroy operation conducted northwest of Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, RVN, during September 14 – November 24, 1966. While the initial fighting was light, in late October U.S. forces, consisting of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (25th Infantry Division), encountered the 9th Viet Cong Division, resulting in a major three-day battle. It was a slugfest of small units set amid treacherous terrain of tangled forest, overgrown jungle, and booby-trapped elephant grass. On November 6th, an airmobile assault by two battalions from the 28th Infantry was launched in an effort to seek out a Viet Cong regiment and its base camps where fighting had been raging in the previous days. After patrols “mopped up” the hostile fire that was taken in the landing zone, the battalion settled in for the night. The next day patrols were sent out, but no enemy contact was made. On the early morning of the 8th, as the battalion was preparing to pull out, a Viet Cong battalion attacked. PFC Howard L. Bowen was on listening post duty 30 meters outside the perimeter all night before the attack. When he tried rejoining his Bravo Company in the morning before sunup, he had been shot down by the VC. A platoon fire-team leader making his rounds found Bowen, lying flat and sore, stricken with a wound in his right side. The platoon medic was called, but instead SP4 James M. Kelly came on the run, out of the dark. He knelt to examine Bowen’s wound. A bullet ripped through the left shirt pocket of his blouse, shredding the garment without breaking skin. Kelly laughed nervously. Fingering the tear, he said to the fire-team leader, “Just look at it. Isn’t it a funny one?” Suddenly, a second bullet hit Kelly through the neck, killing him instantly, then, deflecting downward, went through Bowen’s heart. The fire-team leader checked them both for pulse and heartbeat, and finding nothing, crawled on. At a foxhole 15 meter along, SP4 Nathaniel Wyley and PFC Rafael Vega-Maysonet, were dead, killed by enemy small arms fire. Meanwhile, at the platoon command post, 1LT Bernard F. Kistler had been killed by an enemy .50 caliber round through his head. In the Alpha Company sector, as the enemy blew bugles and assaulted the perimeter, CAPT Ronald V. Putnam was killed by a machine-gun burst, nine bullets hitting him in the head, five of which perforated his steel helmet. Despite the casualties, including 22 killed, the battalion, supported by air strikes, held its ground and the enemy withdrew. [Taken from,, and the book “Ambush” by S.L.A. Marshall]
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September 2016


Wife:               Luz Maria Vega, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Parents:           Father – Isabel Vega, Puerto Rico
                        Mother – Filomena Maysonet, Puerto Rico

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