VETERANS
VIETNAM WAR
    1964 - 1975
VETERANS OF VIETNAM WAR FROM IRVING TOWNSHIP

NILES WAYNE BASS - - Born December 17, 1946, Irving.   Entered Army February 21, 1966 at St. Louis.  .   SP4(T) SEE 30 February 18, 1967.    CO A 2 BN 54 INF USAREUR APO 09139. Separated February 1, 1968 at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.    NDSM

LARRY EUGENE BAURLE - - Born July 2, 1948, Pana, Illinois.
Entered Army March 13, 1968 at St. Louis.    SP4 December 20, 1968.     156th HEM Co  APO 96349  USARV,     Separated March 5, 1970 at Fort Lewis, Wasington.    NDSM VSM VCM 1 0/S Bar  SPS (M14).

GARY JOE BERGMAN - - Born May 26, 1946 at Litchfield, Illinois.    Entered U. S. Marine Corps January 17, 1966 at St. Louis.    Corporal May 1, 1967.    RadRel&Const Co  8th Comm Bn ForTrs FMFLant CamLaj NC.    Separated January 16, 1968 at Camp Lajeune, North Carolina.    National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal and Vietnamese Campaiogn Medal.

MARK GREGAR BRYCE - - Born May 15, 1947, Hillsboro, Illinois.    Entered Army April 8, 1966 at St. Louis.    SP5(T)SEE 30 December 27, 1968.    Btry D 5 Bn 1 Arty USAREUR.    Separated March 18, 1969 at Ft. Dix, New Jersy.    National Defense Service Medal, Espert M14 and Sharpshooter Carbine.

RUSSELL DALE BYERS - - Born November 26, 1944, Tuscola, Illinois.    Entered Army November 27, 1961 at St. Louis.   PFC(P) E3 June 3, 1964.    HQ&A Spt 4th Med Bn Fort Lewis, Washington Sixth Army.    Separated November 27, 1964 at Fort Lewis, Washington.   

RANDY CASEY - - U. S.Navy 1972 Training at Moffet Field Air Base, California as an Aviation Storekeeper.    Had recruit training at Great Lakes Naval Base, Illinois and two weeks schooling at the naval air station, Memphis, Tennessee.   He is sthe grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin O. Stokes of Irving.,   He attended Hillsboro, Illinois High School.   A.- R -336-50-0942.

STANLEY LOUIS CASEY

LARRY LAMAR CAULK - - Born February 16, 1942, Hillsboro, Illinois.    Entered Army November 17, 1966 at St. Louis.    SP4 (T) May 23, 1968.    531st Trans Plt Ft Davis C2 USARSO.   Separated November 14, 1968 at USA Transfer Point, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.   National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Safe Driver Badge and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14)

LYNN EDWARD CAULK - - Born January 5, 1943, Hillssboro, Illinois.    Entered Army December 3, 1964 at St. Louis.   SP4 E-4 (T) April 19, 1966.    Separated December 2, 1966 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.   Marksman (Rifle) National Defense Service Medal.

GERALD GENE COMPTON - - Born January 7, 1946, Hillsboro, Illinois.     Entered Army July 26, 1966 at St. Louis.   SP5 (t) October 26, 1967.    47th Field Hosp 1st Med Cp, 4th US Army.   Separated July 25, 1968 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.    Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle M-14), National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

WILLIAM NICHOLAS DAHM, Jr. - - Born July 1, 1953.   Entered ArmyJune 11, 1973 at Chicago, Illinois.    SP4 October 2, 1974.    Separated June 3, 1975 Fort Dix, New Jersey.    National Defense Service Medal and Expert M16.

LARRY LEE DAVIS - - Born July 16, 1947 at Montgomery County.    Entered U.S. Navy July 21, 1964 at St. Louis.  SN (E-3)
March 16, 1965.   U.S. Naval Air Staion, Key West, Florida.    Separated July 2, 1965 at U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida.   

RAYMOND ARTHUR DURBIN - - Born August 27, 1938 , Irving.    Entered Army January 3, 1962 at St. Louis, Missouri.  
55 717 489     SP4 E4 (T)      Military Policeman     USA Depot Act Toul COMM2       Separated December 2, 1963 at Fort Hamilton, New York.     1 Year  6 Months and 9 days Foreign Service.     Marksman (Rifle M14)    Sharpshooter (Pistol 45).

JOSEPH KEVIN EDDINGTON

DANE FREEMAN

ARLIE LYNN FRIESE - - Born August 27, 1934, Irving.   Entered Army March 16, 1957 at Litchfield, Illinois.  26 369 294   Pvt 2 (P)      Co A 11th Bn  USATC Inf Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.    Separated September 15, 1957.

PAUL HERBERT GATES - - Born June 1, 1947. Hillsbvoro, Illinois.    Entered U. S. Airforce July 20, 1965 at St. Louis.   Sgt.  May 1, 1967.    Det 1, 729 Tac Con Sq (TAC).    Separated January 31, 1969 at Homestead AFB, Florida.     SAEDMR SOG-24, 33TFW, 16Dec65.    NDSM   AFM 900-3.

GERALD GILBERT GRADEN - - Born June 24. 1938, Irving.   Entered Army December 7, 1962 at St. Louis.   Pfc E-3(T) September 22, 1965.   522d Ord Co(Sup Dep) USAR SEVEN.  Separated December 20, 1965 at Ft. Hamilton, New York.   Marksman (Rifl M-14).

GENE EDWARD HALL - - Born December 18, 1938, Irving Township.   Entered Army June 8, 1962 st St. Louis.    Pfc E3 (Perm)  March 9, 1963.    Special Troops, Ft Rucker, Alabama  Afld Co..    Separated June 5, 1964 at Fort Rucker, Alabama.   Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle).

STEVEN LEMAR HARTMAN - - Born February 27, 1947 at Hillsboro, Illinois.   Entered U. S. Navy January 31, 1966 at Dallas, Texas.    TM2(SS) May 16, 1969.    U.S.S. Sablefish (AGSS303) (Submarine).    Separated November 3, 1969.    National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

WILLIAM JOSEPH HARTMAN - - Born July 8, 1947, Hillsboro, Illinois.     Entered U. S. Marine Corps May 2, 1967 at St. Louis.   Cpl September 1, 1968.    CoD, 1stBn, 5thMar, 1stMarDiv FMF.  Separated April  30, 1969.   National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
and 2 (Two) PURPLE HEART MEDALS.

LARRY LEE HARTMAN - - Born November 12, 1945, Irving..   Entered Army January 16, 1968 at St. Louis.    SP4 (T) SEE30 December 6, 1968.    CO B 23 ENGR BN USAREUR.    Separated December 20, 1969 at Ft. Dix, New, Jersey.    National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter M14.

ROBERT LEROY HAYCRAFT - - Born March 11, 1936, Irving.  Entered Army May 3, 1960 at Hillsboro, Illinois.    55 657 298  
SP4 E4 (T)        Co D 78th Engr Bn APO 164.   Separated April 30, 1962.   1 Year 7 Months and 12 Days Foreign Service.   Good Conduct Medal.

LARRY DEAN HUGHES

RONALD EUGENE HUGHES - - Born March 20, 1945, Irving.   Entered Army ??? 23, ???? at St. Louis.     SP4 (T) March 14, 1967.    HHC 20TH ENGR BD? 96491.    Separated ?? 11, ???? at U. S. Army Personnel Center, Oakland, California.     National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

RUSSELL ALLEN HUGHES - - Born October 13, 1940, Hillsboro, Illinois.   Entered Army December 22, 1959 at St. Louis, Missouri.    RA 17 559 078    SP4 (E4) (P)    Hq Co USA PAC (73-3993) APO 21.     Separated November 19, 1962 at Fort Hamilton, New York.    1 Year 11 Months and 16 Days Foreign Servoce.    Good Conduct Medal. 

WILLIAM CHARLES KLIM - - Born April 22, 1950, Hillsboro, Illinois.   Entered Army November 27, 1970 at Litchfield, Illinois. PVT (P) January 5, 1970.    3d USA Co. C llth Bn 3d AIT Bde Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.    Separated April 18, 1970 at Ft/ Jackson, South Carolina.    Marksman (Rifle M-16.

ROBERT GAIL KRELL - -
KILLED IN ACTION
















Leonard Wood, Mo.   He later took advance artillery training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
    He was a member of the Lutheran Church and active in baseball during his school years.

EDWIN W. McAMMACK

RONALD D. McCULLEY

LARRY LEE McNEELY - - Entered U. S. Air Force July 13, 1968.    Separated November 9, 1968.

LANCE BENTON McNEW - - Born August 9, 1950, Irving.   Entered Army June 4, 1968 at St. Louis.    SP5 March 16, 1970.   HHC 1st Bn 13th Armor 1st Armd Div, Ft. Hood, Texas 76545.   Separated July 19, 1970 at Ft. Hood, Texas.   NDSM VSM RVNCM-2 OS Bars.

THURMAN BYRON McNEW - - Born April 22, 1943, St. Louis. Entered U.S. Air Force June 12, 1961 at St. Louis.    A2C E3 June 1, 1964.   461 B Wg (SAC).   Separated June 11, 1965 at Amarillo AFB, Texas.   AFGCM (12June61-11Jun64)  SOG-18, 461BW. 1964.

RUSSELL EDWARD OAKLEY - - Born July 6, 1939.    Entered Army January 30, 1963      55 719 757    SP4      Separated January 18, 1965.    Died November 17, 1991.   Buried at Irving Cemetery.

RONALD GENE RUPPE - - Born August 20, 1945, Indianapolis, Indiana.    Entered U.S. Navy September 12, 1962 at St. Louis.   ADJ3 (E-4) November 16,1964.    Fighter Squadron Fifty Three.    Separated September 19, 1966 AT NAS Miramar, California.   Vietnam Service Medal,  National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

KENT LEE SCHMEDEKE - - Born December 15, 1951, Hillsboro, Illinois.    Entered Army February 18, 1971 at St. Louis. .SP4 February 25, 1972.    79th Maints Co APO 96384 USARV.   Separated April 6, 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington.    NDSM VSM MKM M-16.

DAVID SONCEK - -
THREE PURPLE HEART MEDALS.
June 1967 - Pfc David Soncek 17664192 has been wounded in action in Viet Nam.   He was injured by shrapnel in both legs and is recuperating.   This is the second time that David has been wounded since entering military service.  The first time while he was in the Dominican Republic a year ago he was shot in the right arm.    July 1968 - Specialist 4 David Soncek, a paratrooper, with the 191st Airborne in Vietnam, has been wounded again and returned to a hospital in Maryland for surgery.   Sp4 Soncek, son of Mrs. Dorcas Potts of Peoria and Jesse Soncek of Franklin, Wisconsin attended Hillsboro High School and later lived in Irving.  His grandmother Mrs. Lila Crigler and His sister, Mrs. Richard Chaplin, both reside in Irving.

PRESTON WESLEY STREIGHT - - Born March 26, 1929, Argenta, Illinois.   Entered U. S. Air Force on this enlistment August 7, 1967 at Edwards AFB, California.   MSGT E7 December 1, 1962.    349 MMS    TAC         Separated May 31, 1970 at Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, New Mexico.    NDSM, AFM 900-3//AFLSA, W/4 OLC, AFM 900-3//AFGCM, W/1 OLC, AFM 900-3//.     Total active service was 23 years 3 months and 10 days.

ELMER MARTIN STOLTE - - Born March 7, 1929 at Nokomis, Illinois.    Entered U.S. Air Force on this enlistment May 31, 1968 at Wurtsmith AFB, Oscoda, Michigan.    MSGT E7 January 1, 1965.    2ND FTR INTCP SQ (ADC).    Separated September 30, 1972 at Wurtsmith AFB, Oscoda, Michigan.    Total active service was 24 years 4 months.    AFLSA W/SBR OLC (30 MAY 72) AFM 900-3    AFGCM W/1OLC (31 MAY 69) AFM 900-3.

MARTIN DOUGLAS SUTHERLAND  - - Born May 11, 1950, Chicago, Illinois.    Entered U.S. Air Force September 18, 1968 at St. Louis.    AMN May 1, 1971.    463 ORGN MAINT SQ (PACAF)    Separated August 7, 1971 at Travis AFB, Fairfield, California.     NDSM/SAEMR AFM 900-3//

PAUL ROYCE ULRICI - - Born January 16, 1941 at Irving.   Entered Army October 9, 1963 at St. Louis.     SP4 E4 (T) September 13, 1965.    Co B 2 Bn 15 Inf USARSEVEN.   Separated September 28, 1965 at Fort Hamilton, New York.   Expert (Rifle M-14).

WILLIAM UPCHURCH

LAWRENCE RICHARD VERHUSEN - - Born May 17, 1946, Irving.    Entered Army January 17, 1966 at St. Louis.    SP5 (T) December 8, 1967.    181stAvnCo(AirMbl)(Lt)10thAvnGp 3D USA.    Separated January 16, 1968 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

DALE LEON WALCHER - - Born May 16, 1944, Hillsboro, Illinois.    Entered U.S. Marine Corps March 29, 1966 at St. Louis. CoD, 1stBn, 6thMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF.    L/Cpl May 1, 1967.    Separated March 28, 1968 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.    NatDefMdl, VSMdl 1*, VCMdl (Vietnam) and Marksman Badge, Rifle M14.

DON LEROY WALCHER - - Born May 16, 1944, Hillsboro, Illinois.    Entered U.S. Marine Corsp March 29, 1966 at St. Louis.
L/Cpl April 1, 1967.     CoD, 1stBn, 6thMar, 2dMarDiv, FMF.   Separated March 28, 1968 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.    NatDefMdl and Meritorious Mast..

KEITH MICHAEL WALCHER - - Born August 25, 1947, Hillsbor, Illinois.    Entered Army August 2, 1967 at St. Louis.   Sgt (T) October 29, 1968.    HqCo 5thAITBde, 4th U. S. Army. Separated August 1, 1969  at Fort Polk, Louisiana.    NDSM  VSM VCM  CIB  MM(M-14)   1CG(M-60)

ROSS O. WALLACE - - Left for the U. S. Air Force November 15, 1965.   AF 17728097     Military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.     Sgt.

MAURICE GENE WILSON --Born April 3, 1947, Irving.   Entered Army February 13, 1967 at St. Louis.   SP4 (T) July 31, 1968.    HHC 75TH ENGR BN FCGM MD FIRST USA.   Separated February 12, 1969 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. National Defense Service Medal and Expert Badge Rifle M14.

JACK LEROY WOLVERTON - - Born February 14, 1945.    Entered U. S. Navy April 29, 1971 at Atlantic Beach, Florida.    TM2 May 16, 1966.    U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore CAS-143 Italy.  Separated April 25, 1971 at Naval Station, Charleston, South Carolina.    National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award)   8 Years 7 months and 8 days prior service.

KEITH D. WOOD - - Entered Army May 1968       13th Engineers.

   Pfc Robert Gail Krell, 21 of Springfield was killed Monday in Vietnam when his artillery battery came under hostile rocket and mortar fire.
    He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren R. Krell, formerly of Irving, and was assigned to the B Battery of the U.S. Army First Battalion of the 21st Air Mobile Artillery.
    A 1966 graduate of Hillsboro High school, Pfc. Krell entered service August 5, 1968 and took his basic training at Ft.
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