Vollhardt, Philipp Randolph, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1542, MACV Advisory Team 43
Service Years
1969 - 1971


First Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brooklyn , NY
Last Address
West Redding, CN

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1971
Hostile, Died
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Redding Ridge Cemetery - Redding, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 074

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1970-1971, 1542, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1970-1971, 1542, MACV Advisory Team 43
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Connecticut
  1965-1969, University of Connecticut
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SFC John C. Strauser and 1LT Philipp R. Vollhardt were U.S. Army intelligence officers assigned to Advisory Team 43, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV). Their role was to root out Viet Cong insurgency in the villages and hamlets of Hau Nghia Province, RVN. They were stationed in Cu Chi, one of four districts in the province. On February 2, 1971, a government outpost in their district came under Viet Cong attack. The two advisors jumped in their jeep and followed their Vietnamese counterparts to the scene of the action. They never made it. The Viet Cong ambushed their hastily formed reaction force, and both were killed when an anti-tank rocket hit their jeep.

After graduation from the University of Connecticut and ROTC, Lt. Philipp received his commission. He was assigned to the infantry, trained with the 82nd Airborne Division, and was sent to Vietnam. His tour began 2 August 1970.

He received an award in 1970 which reads: "1st Lt. Philipp R. Vollhardt, U.S.A. in recognition for outstanding contribution and assistance to the Polwar Advisory Branch PSYOP DIV Saigon, Vietnam, August 1970-October 1970."

He served with Advisory Team 43, HQ, MACV Advisors. The small unit he commanded was ambushed while on convoy and he and a sergeant were killed by a rocket.

He was interred in Redding Ridge Cemetery, Redding, Connecticut.
Helen  Vollhardt
Devoted mother
Redding Ct USA
Forever in my heart, son.
You were a hero all of you life, dear son...you not only saved your brother's life at a young age but countless others with your devoted service to this fine country. Miss you and will always love you. Mom
Oct 24, 2008

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