Walden, Darrell, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1967 - 1969
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Cold War Certificate


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Girard, Illinois
Last Address
Girard, Illinois

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Union Cemetery - Union, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 035

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1969, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1968-1969, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service numberĀ 56588319
His tour began on Sep 1, 1968
Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Darrell Edward Walden (US56588319), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Sergeant Walden distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 April 1969 as squad leader on a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Tam Dinh. While sweeping through a section of rice paddies, his company encountered a heavily booby-trapped area. Although his squad successfully eliminated several of the dangerous devices, Sergeant Walden fell victim to a rigged hand grenade. As his men rushed to his aid, he suddenly detected the presence of a booby-trapped mortar round. Realizing that the insidious booby trap would destroy the majority of his squad, he saved the lives of his men at the sacrifice of his own by throwing himself on the mortar shell at the moment it exploded. Sergeant Walden's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2021 (June 9, 1969)
Home Town: Girard, Illinois
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