Lewis, Jerry Donald, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
05B20-Radio Operator
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 05B20, HHC, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
Service Years
1961 - 1966

Specialist 4


One Service Stripe



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oklahoma City
Last Address
3101 SW 42, Oklahoma City


Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06E 015/Garden Of The Christus, Lot 89-D2

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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Silver City
From Month/Year
March / 1966
To Month/Year
March / 1966

Description
(9-22 March 1966, Long Khanh Province) The 173D Airborne Brigade (SEP), including elements of the 1st Royal Australian Regiment, conducted a heliborne assault near the Song Be River in War Zone "D" to initiate Operation Silver City. The first few days of the operations consisted of thorough screening of the area, leading to the discovery of vast quantities of food, munitions, bunkers, tunnel systems documents, and several large VC base camps.

The seventh day of Operation Silver City will long be remembered by the troopers of the 173D, for on this day the 2/503rd Infantry Task Force was attacked from all directions by the 501st VC Battalion. The troopers held their perimeter while inflicting heavy losses on the guerrillas. Resupply of needy ammunition was effected during the battle by helicopter at no small risk to equipment and crews. Numerous tactical air strikes were initiated with great effectiveness. The VC had to resort to chaining their machine gunners to the tripods of their weapons, but even these measures could not stop the crack troopers of the 173D.

The 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry was directed to reinforce the 2nd Battalion during the battle. The VC element was nearly annihilated by this time and chose to break contact rather than tackle two battalions of SKY SOLDIERS. Four hours after initial contact, all VC were routed or destroyed.

The after-action mop-up patrols counted a total of 302 VC bodies with only seven US losses, the highest kill ratio to date. Throughout the rest of the operation it was indicated that an estimated 150 additional VC dead had been dragged away.

 
   
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From Month/Year
March / 1966
To Month/Year
March / 1966
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  6 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Vose, William, CPT, (1962-1968)
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