Wilderspin, Vernon Charles, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
91B10-Combat Medic
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 91B10, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/HHT
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Lansing
Last Address
East Lansing

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Maple Grove Cemetery - Munising, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 042

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav Association
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1968, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]


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Vietnam  Vet
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vernon Charles Wilderspin (US54959220), Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Wilderspin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 as medical aidman for an armor platoon on a combat mission near Tan Son Nhut Air Base. His unit was moving to engage a combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army force which had attacked the air base. It was suddenly subjected to intense automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket fire from the numerically superior enemy. Specialist Wilderspin unhesitantly leaped from his armored personnel carrier to administer first aid to wounded comrades. Exposing himself to a devastating curtain of hostile fire, he gallantly moved throughout the raging battlefield to conduct his lifesaving mission. After aiding many casualties, including his seriously wounded platoon leader, Specialist Wilderspin saw his platoon sergeant lying helplessly wounded in an open area. With a hail of enemy bullets striking all around him, he fearlessly raced to the side of his smitten comrade and performed skillful emergency medical treatment which saved the man's life. Just as he had finished tending the platoon sergeant's wounds, Specialist Wilderspin was hit by the withering hostile fire and instantly killed. Specialist Four Wildersin's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1841 (April 20, 1968)
Home Town: East Lansing, Michigan

May 23, 2008

 
Garnet  Jenkins
garijen@bresnan.net
Grand Junction Co
~ Rest In Peace, Young Hero ~

In Remembrance of SP4 Vernon Charles Wilderspin, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967....."THOSE WHO HAVE LONG ENJOYED SUCH PRIVILEGES AS WE ENJOY, FORGET IN TIME, THAT MEN HAVE DIED TO WIN THEM." Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mar 7, 2008
 
Manuel Pino Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
Fellow Medic
Apr 25, 2007
 
J A
THANK-YOU VERNON
THANK-YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT YOU MADE FOR OUR COUNTRY. PLEASE REST IN PEACE.
Monday, January 31, 2005
 
Manuel Pino Jr
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Medic
MY COUNTRY'S FLAG CRIED the flag bowed it's bars and wept starry tears as it hung at half-mast for a soldier's years. another youth it had called and another youth had died. I stood and i watched as my country's flag cried. it clothed the drab coffin in it's red, white, and blue, silently protecting the contents for the comfort of a few. it brought strength to some, to others, bitter pride. but as mourners filed by, my country's flag cried. as it rode to the field where the soldier was laid away, the flag recalled the pledge that he used to stand and say, but to war he went and to keep that pledge, he tried. as the guns fired their last salute, my country's flag cried. as taps rang out, it was folded with care, for the soldier's soul a chaplin whispered a prayer. he asked god for peace in this world to abide, and in a grieving mother's arms my country's flag cried!
Thursday, June 30, 2005
 
Patrick Pond
ppond@charter.net
Knew family and Vietnam Vet
487 Cherryview Drive
Portage, mi 49024 USA
Your not forgotten your family still miss you!
Vern, We never met but your mother and I talked about you and how much was lost in your death. But your bravery under fire and saving the lives you save are forever thankful. The nations DSR is just a small gesture to what you gave. It was an honor to be a part of your color guard. God Bless see you in heaven someday. PJ. Pond
Friday, November 11, 2005
 
We Remember
Vernon is buried at Maple Grove Cem, Munsing, MI. DSC PH
Posted by: Robert Sage
Email: rsage@austin.rr.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010
 
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS

VERNON CHARLES WILDERSPIN

served with

Troop B

3d Squadron

4th Cavalry

25th Infantry Division


Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vernon Charles Wilderspin (US54959220), Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Wilderspin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 as medical aidman for an armor platoon on a combat mission near Tan Son Nhut Air Base. His unit was moving to engage a combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army force which had attacked the air base. It was suddenly subjected to intense automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket fire from the numerically superior enemy. Specialist Wilderspin unhesitantly leaped from his armored personnel carrier to administer first aid to wounded comrades. Exposing himself to a devastating curtain of hostile fire, he gallantly moved throughout the raging battlefield to conduct his lifesaving mission. After aiding many casualties, including his seriously wounded platoon leader, Specialist Wilderspin saw his platoon sergeant lying helplessly wounded in an open area. With a hail of enemy bullets striking all around him, he fearlessly raced to the side of his smitten comrade and performed skillful emergency medical treatment which saved the man's life. Just as he had finished tending the platoon sergeant's wounds, Specialist Wilderspin was hit by the withering hostile fire and instantly killed. Specialist Four Wildersin's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam

General Orders No. 1841 ( 20 April 1968 )





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





1 AUGUST 1999
Posted by: CLAY MARSTON
Email: CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
Relationship: BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCHER - DSC
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
 
 IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE
SPECIALIST 4


VERNON CHARLES WILDERSPIN



served as a


COMBAT MEDIC


with


COMPANY ' A '

3rd BATTALION

47th INFANTRY REGIMENT



and was posthumously awarded the



DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


PURPLE HEART





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





2-14-1999
 
Posted by: CLAY MARSTON
Relationship: Other:
Friday, November 29, 2002
 
Your life is not forgotten
Vernon, Although we never met,
I just want you to know you are
not forgotten. You gave the ultimate
sacrifice, your life for what you believed
in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you
for protecting the freedoms we enjoy
today.
A true American Hero.
Posted by: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Relationship: fellow vet
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

   
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