Lanier, Lee Roy, SGT

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Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B40, C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1952 - 1968


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North Carolina
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Casualty Date
Mar 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery - Morganton, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42E 035

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  9th Infantry Regiment (Manchu)
Mar 26, 1982

Last Updated:
May 19, 2019

March 2, 1968: Thirty plus years ago, 49 members of Company C, 4th Bn 9th Infantry (Manchus)of the 25th Infantry Division gave all they had to give in service to their country. Their loss occurred during an ambush by a large communist force on Rt 248 north and east of Tan Son Nhut near the small village of Quoi Xuan. In addition, Company C suffered 24 wounded while Company D suffered casualties in the fighting to reach Company C. On February 22, 1968 the Manchus closed the base at Katum which had served as the large forward base for the 1st Brigade near the Cambodian border during Operation Yellowstone. After only one day at Tay Ninh to prepare, the Manchus moved out to Cu Chi and eventually arrived north of Tan Son Nhut on February 25. The mission was to find and destroy rocket sites that had been used to fire on Tan Son Nhut Air Base since the Tet Offensive began nearly a month earlier. Numerous other infantry units were operating in the surrounding areas, and the Manchus were dropped into the middle. Bravo lost two men killed in action the first day. Initially, various Manchu companies suffered casualties nearly every day.

On February 27, Bravo was pinned down nearly all day with a KIA. Attempts to recover the body resulted in several more wounded and the death of the Battalion Executive Officer, MAJ William Roush while making his own brave recovery attempt. This same day Charlie company succeeded in finding the rocket site, a major objective of the operation. On March 1, Bravo was again pinned down by a significant communist force, suffering several killed and wounded, and was eventually forced to withdraw with the assistance of Alpha Company. Because of this action, the plan for March 2 was for air strikes and artillery into this same area followed by an assault by Companies A, C, and D with Co B in reserve. The Battalion was to move south down a section of Rt 248 believed to be relatively secure before moving off the road toward the objective to the west. The order would be Charlie Co. followed by Delta, and then Alpha. At 9:00 AM, Charlie Co. came under heavy fire from a large enemy force concealed in bunkers and spider holes along Rt 248. The initial barrage lasted approximately 8 minutes, but sniper fire by rear guard elements hindered movement by Delta, Alpha, and Bravo for much of the day.

For courageous action during the battle, One Solider from Charlie Company was to be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Manchu Alpha, Bravo, and Delta continued operations in this area and took many more casualties until finally leaving on March 11, 1968. Rocket sites had been destroyed, and a formidable communist force had been weakened, if not destroyed. But, it had come at a great cost to the Manchus and particularly the courageous men of Charlie Company. For more Manchu information about this day in Vietnam History, visit:

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