McDonell, R. D., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1971-Present, 11D10, POW/MIA
Service Years
1965 - 1971

Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sweetwater
Last Address
Sweetwater

Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 077

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
Start Year
1970
End Year
1971

Description
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most significant operation during this campaign.

Lam Son 719 was conducted out of I Corps by Vietnamese troops with US fire and air support. Their object was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and to destroy enemy bases at Techepone, Laos. The operation consisted of four phases. In Phases I, called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, the 1st Brigade, US 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) occupied the Khe Sanh area and cleared Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. In the meantime, the US 101st Airborne Division conducted diversionary operations in the A Shau Valley. The US 45th Engineer Group had the mission of repairing Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. This lasted from 30 January to 7 February 1971. During Phase II US forces continued to provide fire support, helilift, and tactical and strategic air support for ARVN units. This phase was 8 February to March 1971. Phase III ran from March to 16 March 1971; Phase IV was the withdrawal phase.

Faced with mounting losses, Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam, the commander of the invasion forces, decided to cut short the operation and ordered a withdrawal.

Lam Son 719, though it was less than a signal success, forestalled a Communist offensive in the spring of 1971. Enemy units and replacements enroute south were diverted to the scene of the action.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1970
To Year
1971
 
Last Updated:
Mar 25, 2013
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  2640 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aakre, Keith, LTC, (1968-1994)
  • Abbey, Brian, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Adkins, Bennie G., CSM, (1956-1978)
  • Akin, James E, SSG, (1976-1982)
  • Allen, Abraham, SP 5, (1967-1971)
  • Allen, Michael, SGT, (1970-1971)
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Andrus, Laurence, CPT, (1957-1977)
  • Angelo, Chuck, CW3, (1969-1989)
  • Anway, Chuck, MSG, (1964-1984)
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