Breland, Cecil Douglas, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 06, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 032

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Posthumous decoration
Body Recovered
His tour began on Dec 15, 1965
Casualty was on May 6, 1966

PFC Breland was interred in Richburg Cemetery, Lamar County, Mississippi.
Arnold Huskins
In memory, of an American hero
I came to know the story, of PFC., Breland, reading, Larry Gwinn's book, Baptism. PFC., Breland, is listed on the unit roster, as being in 1st, Platoon, under Lt., Kelly, of Co, A, 2/7th, Cav.. He gave his all, in the fight, at Bong Son II. May those who cherish the concepts, of self-sacrifice, duty and service to country, honor the legacy, of PFC., Breland.
Friday, March 26, 2004

He died on May 6, 1966 while serving as a rifleman in the 1st  Platoon, Company A, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry.  A letter from the Chief of Staff dated June 17, 1966 announcing "Award of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism" states in part as follows:
On May 6, 1966, Private First Class Breland was instrumental in the defeat of a numerically superior force of Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regulars who were deeply entrenched in a heavily fortified defensive complex within the village of Thang Binh in Bong Son Valley.  Under intense enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, Private First Class Breland, with disregard for his own life, while assaulting the enemy position was mortally wounded.  Private First Class Breland's courageous action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
A letter from Daniel P. Davison, Captain, Infantry Commanding, "A" Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, states in part as follows:
On the evening of 6 May 1966, Cecil was with his squad on a search and destroy mission in the vicinity of Bong Son, Vietnam, when he was mortally wounded by hostile fire. 

Ronnie Compton
23127 Avery Road
Saucier, MS 39574 USA
Cecil Douglas Breland Memorial Page
Tuesday, July 04, 2000
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