Vincent, Richard Elsworth, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
36C10-Wire Systems Installer
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 36C10, HHC, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
Service Years
1962 - 1968

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Danville , WV
Last Address
Danville , WV

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Boone Memorial Park - Madison, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44E 003

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 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1967-1968, 36C10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1967-1968, 36C10, HHC, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SGT Richard E. Vincent, PFC Donald R. Irby, and PFC Santiago Torres Jr. served with 11th Signal Platoon, Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 11th Infantry Brigade. During the early morning hours of March 9, 1968, they were manning a bunker on the perimeter of LZ Bronco base camp of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade. At that time the base camp came under a mortar barrage and attempted enemy penetration of the perimeter. Communication with the soldier’s bunker was broken during the attack. Nevertheless, extensive machine gun and small arms fire could be seen emanating from their position as the three troopers sought to deter the infiltrators from breeching the concertina wire barrier forward of their positions. During this staunch and valiant defense by the men in the bunker, an enemy satchel charge was hurled into the fortification, mortally wounding the occupants. All three soldiers would be posthumously honored with the Bronze Star for their heroism during the attack. 
   
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Bobby Camp
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Uncle
2020 Warrington Way
Tampa, WV 33619 USA
I was Richard Vincents uncle. His life was filled with tragedy. In 1942 his father (21 yrs old) was killed in a coal mine explosion. His adopted son (Scotty) died from lukemia. His wife remarried after 10 years and was killed in an auto accident on her wedding night. His daughter was maimed and disfigured for life in the same accident. He volunteered for Vietnam because his brother Lawrence Edward Vincent Jr was already there. Lawrence eventually became Sgt Major at the army base in Columbia SC (i forget the name) where he retired and still lives. at the army base in Columbia SC
Saturday, January 21, 2006

 
   
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