Vernon, Broadus Wayne, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)/A Company
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private First Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Alexis , NC
Last Address
Alexis , NC

Casualty Date
Dec 04, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phuoc Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Zion Baptist Cemetery - Alexis, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37W 043

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1968-1968, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)/A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Alonzo Jones
Fellow Soldier of Co A, 2/5 Cav
P.O. Box 304
Huntsville, TN 37756 USA
I was with Co A, 2nd Bn, 5th Cav, lst Air Cavalry Division during period May l968 - May l969.
Tuesday, July 25, 2000


PFC Broadus Wayne Vernon, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Alexis, North Carolina.

Private First Class Broadus Wayne Vernon was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, PFC Vernon served our country until December 4th, 1968 in Quang Duc, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Broadus died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Broadus was born on November 29th, 1948 in Gaston Co. North Carolina. PFC Vernon is on panel 37W, line 043 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

"And so another year has passed us by, still these tears fill my eyes, and some demons still reside within, with the pain of losing such dear friends. The void in my heart still holds on, I'll never ever forget you are gone, the torch will forever burn my friends until we again unite in the end. The healing continues ever so slow, and I carry your names wherever I go, a pledge my Brothers I make to you, and to your memory always be true. I will tell the world of such brave men, who gave their country all they can. Loyalty and Courage my Brothers". Mort Morgan, 2/5 Cav, 68-69.

You are not forgotten. Johnny L. Jones, We served together.

Gone but not Forgotten: Fellow Soldier of Company A, 2nd Bn, 5th Cavalry, lst Air Cavalry Division during period May 1968 - May 1969. Alonzo Jones, PO Box 304, Huntsville, TN 37756,

To his family: We served together in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division, call sign, Lean Apache. It was an honor to have done so. The guys are now getting together for reunions and communicate by email. We have been in contact with a number of family members of those who did not return. If you have questions or would like to contact the guys who served with him please email me. I will be more than happy to help in any way I can and I will forward your communication to the group. BRBRI know this may sound somewhat sterile or distant. That is not my intention. I really do not know what to say to you. But if I or the guys are able to answer questions or provide insights that will be helpful to you, we want to do that. I assure you that we all share your grief. Our hearts go out to you. We will always do all we can for the families. We owe it to you. Steve Marceau,

PFC B.W. Vernon: About two months ago, PFC Broadus Wayne Vernon arrived in Vietnam. Today his body arrives in Gastonia. Entering the service in May, Private First Class Vernon had seen seven weeks of battle when he was killed in action December 4th. He was 20 years old. Born November 23rd, 1948, he was a Son of Mr and Mrs Broadus Vernon of Alexis, Route 1. He was previously employed by Duke Power Company. Surviving in addition to his parents, are three brothers, Gene, Terry and Timothy Vernon of the home; and two sisters, Mrs Bill Nicholson of Boger City and Miss Cynthia Vernon of the home. The Reverend Billy Miller will officiate at the 4pm services Thursday at Mt Zion Baptist Church, Alexis. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where full military honors will be conducted. The body was to be taken to the home today at 2pm. Ward Funeral home, Gastonia, made the arrangements.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Broadus Vernon, Route #1, Alexis, NC, buried in the same cemetery. Brother to Gene, Terry and Timothy.

He served with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL), USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, 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.
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