Kalani, Earl, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1967, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
Service Years
1951 - 1974
Foreign Language(s)
Thai
Vietnamese


Special Forces
Master Sergeant


Eight Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Hawaii
Hawaii
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Makawao, Maui County
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Casualty Date
Dec 05, 1974
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: T, 260

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Cold War Fallen
  2014, Cold War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master ParachutistScuba Diver
Thailand - Jump Wings

 
 Unit Assignments
77th Special Forces GroupSpecial Forces Units1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1954-1956, 77th Special Forces Group
  1956-1961, 14th Special Forces Operational Detachment
  1961-1964, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1964-1967, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MSG Earl Kalani, 14th SFOD and ODA-323. An original member of 1st SFG, was deployed in 1957 on the first SF mission to Vietnam. He served three more tours in RVN.

While stationed at Phu Bai in 1967, he was critically wounded when he shielded his captain's body from an assasination attempt by a VC who had infiltrated the CIDG strike force.

MSG Kalani never recovered from the injury, despite several surgeries, and died of his wounds in 1974.

He is buried at the National Cemetery of the Pacific ("The Punchbowl") in  Section T Site 260 on Oahu.

Kalani Street at Fort Lewis is named in his honor.
   
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