Warthan, Albert William, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11D10, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1962 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
48E 056

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry 1st Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11D10, C Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1968-1968, 11D10, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSG Warthan, Albert W. is buried at Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery, Mount Tabor, IN.


  Albert Warthan
Posted by: Buddy Newlin
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, October 31, 2001
  I Was There
Sergeant Warthan was killed on April 8, 1968 during a jungle clearing/search and destroy mission in Binh Duong Province. Involved were an infantry company, a combat engineer platoon, and an armored cavalry platoon providing security for the engineers. Sergeant Warthan was the Track Commander (TC) in an Armored Cavalry platoon of the 1/4 CAV of the 1st Infantry Division. I was a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader (2LT)in charge of a jungle clearing team of Rome Plows. Sergeant Warthan was TC of the platoon command track, an armored cavalry assault vehicle (ACAV). The hatch was open and several of us were riding on top in the back of the track. Sergeant Warthan was in the track's cupola, manning the .50 cal, SP4 Jerry Dillow, who was also killed, was the driver. Riding on the back of the track were, from left to right if facing the rear of the track, the Medic, the CAV platoon leader, me, and the M-60 machine gunner. After the Infantry company crossed a dry rice paddy and set up on the opposite bank, the CAV platoon prepared to cross over a dirt causeway, to be followed by the engineers. We sent the Patton tank across first and then our track began to cross the causeway. Tensions were high because we had found two mines, a 40 pounder and an 80 pounder, in the causeway during a minesweep before we crossed. We blew them in place. When our track was halfway across the causeway, there was a huge explosion, dirt and debris everywhere, and some small arms fire. I thought we'd hit a mine but later found out that we had been ambushed and the track hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). The four of us riding in the back were blown off the track, and I landed next to the M-60 machine gunner. He had several shrapnel wounds, some from the RPG explosion and some from his ammo can, which had exploded and was on fire next to him. After being hit by the RPG, the track with Dillow and Warthan still inside continued to roll across the causeway until it hit the opposite bank and stopped. Sergeant Warthan was still alive and called out for help. I ran to the track and, with a SP4 I didn't know, pulled Jerry Dillow out of the driver's hatch and Al Warthan from the Cupola. Dillow died almost as soon as we pulled him from the hatch. I held Sergeant Warthan in my arms until the Medievac arrived. I heard later that he died on the way in. The machine gunner was evacuated to Japan, the CAV platoon leader had shrapnel wounds and was medievaced, the Medic, miraculously, was not physically wounded, but he was friends with Dillow, and, in the confusion, I went back in the jungle on the back of the Patton tank . . . everyone else was "buttoned up." I was medievaced an hour later in the 1st Engineer Battalion Commander's helicopter. I was a little embarrassed. I looked bad, like I'd been through hell probably, but my wounds were minor and I was back with my unit in a few days. When I returned to the operation, ironically named Operation Light, I heard that Sergeant Warthan had died. All this happened on the edge of the Iron Triangle. Al Warthan was 25, Jerry Dillow was 19, and I was 20. I've thought about it every day since.
Posted by: Dale W. Jones
Monday, April 7, 2003
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