Private First Class On January 25, 1966 Charles E. Alston was killed in the worst plane crash during the Vietnam War. 46 men, including Alston, were killed with a C-123 Provider crashed after taking off from An Khe. The plane experienced engine failure and was trying to return to An Khe.
He was 24 years old and was not married. He lived in Raleigh.
Staff Sergeant Curtis Baggett was killed on Feb. 6, 1968 in the Quang Nam Province in the wake of the Tet Offensive. He was 31 years old, was married and lived in Raleigh. It was reported that he was killed when struck by a rocket round.
Staff Sergeant Baggett was awarded the Navy Cross, our nation’s second highest military honor. His citation includes: As his unit assaulted the enemy, the Marines came under intense automatic weapons, mortar, and B-40 rocket fire. Although armed with only a .45 caliber pistol, Staff Sergeant Baggett quickly rallied his men and led them in a determined assault against the hostile emplacements, over-running one position and seizing a light machine gun after annihilating two enemy soldiers. Ignoring the hostile fire around him, he unhesitatingly led his men in assaulting the enemy, who were firing from positions in a nearby tree line, utilizing the confiscated machine gun to deliver effective fire as he advanced.
Observing that the enemy was located in a well prepared trench line ,he disregarded his own safety and courageously maneuvered to a position approximately five meters from the rear of the North Vietnamese emplacements. He exposed himself to enemy hand grenades and .50 caliber machine – gun fire in order to bring effective fire to bear on the entrenched enemy. Subsequently moving to a partially destroyed Vietnamese hut, he delivered a heavy volume of fire against the enemy and repeatedly maneuvered into the fire – swept area to pinpoint the source of enemy fire and direct the actions of his men. Disregarding his personal safety, he steadfastly maintained his vulnerable position until he was killed by a North Vietnamese B-40 rocket round.
Specialist 4 Everdene Baker, Jr., was killed on June 7, 1967 in the Hua Nghia province. He was 21 years old and was from Zebulon. It was reported that Everdene died from multiple fragmentation wounds when his vehicle ran over a land mine. Five other members of his company were killed that day.
Lance Corporal Bobby Breenden was from Raleigh and graduated from Broughton High School. He was 22 and married. He was killed by small arms fire.
First LieutenantDavid L. Caplan was from Raleigh and was 22 years old when his helicopter malfunctioned and crashed. He died in the crash.
Carter was a radio operator in Vietnam and died from an undetermined explosion. He was 19 years old and had attended Enloe High School.
Leon Chadwick was a native of Raleigh and attended the University of North Carolina. He was killed when the helicopter he was flying was shot down on a strafing run. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for actions he had taken the week before.
Private First Class John S. Collier was from Fuquay-Varina. He was killed by an undetermined explosion. He was 20 years old and was not married.
Charles Collins was from Holly Springs and was killed by small arms fire while he was serving in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
Private First Class James Copeland lived in Raleigh. He was 18 years old when he was killed by small arms fire. He was married and had one child.
Specialist 4 John Davis was born in Norfolk, but lived in Raleigh after graduating from Norview High School. He spent four years in the Coast Guard before enlisting in the Army and going to Korea for 18 months. He transferred to South Vietnam and was wounded in the stomach and chest in fighting near Hue.
Private First Class Warren Davis was with the 92nd Artillery Regiment in Vietnam. He extended his stay in Vietnam to shorten his enlistment period and was killed in a rocket attack on Dak To in the final days of his deployment.
He was grew up on Brooks Avenue and attended Garner schools.
The citation for his Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device in part reads “Private First Class Thomas W Davis distinguished himself by exceptional heroism in the Republic of Vietnam on 13 May 1969, while serving as a cannoneer with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 92nd Artillery. At approximately 1800 hours, Battery A received a barrage of 122mm rocket rounds. Private Davis … manned the Howitzer for direct fire on the hostile position. His knowledge of the duties of a cannoneer enabled him to fulfill all of his responsibilities in an outstanding manner, thus setting the example for other members of his section. Even though the enemy rounds were exploding around his position, Private Davis remained with his howitzer throughout the encounter so that the weapon could maintain its rapid fire. At approximately 1830 hours a hostile rocket round, which impacted in his immediate area, mortally wounded him.“
William Davis lived in Raleigh. He was 24 years old and died because of multiple fragmentation wounds.
Staff Sergeant Robert Clark Dawson was a graduate of South Johnston High School and was a tank commander in Vietnam. He was killed while disarming an anti-tank mine. He grew up in the Cleveland community and attended Garner schools.
Private First Class Tommy Denning was killed just prior to the Tet Offensive on Jan. 26, 1968. He was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported he died from small arms fire or grenade.
He was from Raleigh and graduated from Broughton High School.
Sergeant Wayland Dunn was a Wake County native who enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was killed by small arms fire in the mountains of Pleiku near the Cambodian border. Dunn’s company was pursuing a group of Viet Cong when Dunn’s men encountered an entrenched North Vietnamese battalion. In the ensuing fight, 138 North Vietnamese troops were killed and 17 U.S. troops lost their lives.
He is honored on Panel 10E, Line 3.
Captain Don Dwiggins went to the U.S. Military Academy after one year at the University of North Carolina and became a tank commander. He was 25 and had a wife and child.
He was killed when a tank detonated a mine and he was struck by fragments.
Previously, he had been awarded a Soldier’s Medal for removing a burning phosphorous shell from a large stockpile of ammunition and carrying it 25 meters before burying it in mud and dirt. He also received a Silver Star
First LieutenantLinwood Ebron was born in Greenville, NC, but lived in Raleigh. He was killed in an undetermined explosion.
Staff Sergeant Larry Ellis was 25 years old and was from Raleigh. He was killed by small arms fire.
Specialist 4 Phil Fleming was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was killed after helping evacuate wounded members of his platoon. He was awarded a Silver Star, our nation’s third highest military honor, for his bravery and heroism. He spent many of his younger years in Raleigh, but attended Garner High School after his family moved to Garner.
Staff Sergeant Ollie Forte was 30 years old and was from Raleigh. He was killed by small arms fire. He received a Silver Star for his actions on the day he was killed.
His Silver Star citation reads, in part:
“Staff Sergeant FORTE’S platoon suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapon’s fire from a large, well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, he skillfully maneuvered his men to more advantageous positions and commenced directing the delivery of a heavy volume of suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he boldly moved from one position to another, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire. After ensuring that casualties were evacuated, he deployed his platoon on line and commenced an assault against the North Vietnamese positions. Completely disregarding his own safety, he aggressively led the Marines in a determined attack across the fire-swept terrain, and as his unit reached the objective, he was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in forcing the enemy to flee in panic and confusion.”
First Lieutenant Donald Frazelle was a Raleigh native. He was 24 years old and was married with two children. He was shot by sniper and died from his wounds 10 days later. Previously, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medals for heroically rescuing the occupants of a burning crashed helicopter.
Sergeant James Godwin was born in Sampson County, but lived in Raleigh. He was 24 years old and was married. He was killed in a vehicular crash while in Vietnam.
Sergeant Richard Grieme was a native of Raleigh. He was 23 years old and was not married.
He was killed by small arms fire while on a mission inside Cambodia.
Private First Class Darriel Harris was a native of Nashville, NC, but graduated from Raleigh Ligon High, where he was a member of the track team. He enlisted immediately after graduation and was 19 when he was killed by small arms fire.
Specialist 5 Joseph Hopkins lived in Raleigh and died in Vietnam in a non-hostile occurrence.
Sergeant Nate Hudson was born in Wilson, but lived in Raleigh. He was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam when he was killed in the line of duty. He was 28 years old and was married.
First Lieutenant Samuel Adams lived in Raleigh. He was 24 years old when he was killed in Vietnam.
Private First Class Bobby Jones was a 1964 graduate of Broughton High. He was 22 years old when he was killed by an undetermined explosion.
Private First Class Joseph King was 23 years old and was married when he was killed by small arms fire in Vietnam.
Private First Class Joseph Macon was born in Durham County and lived in Raleigh. He served in an artillery regiment in Vietnam and was killed by small arms fire.
Corporal Harold Mann had been in Vietnam only 12 days when his body was found in Vung Tau Harbor. He had drown. He was 22 years old.
Corporal Henry Lee McArthur lived in Fuquay-Varina and died from wounds received when a mine exploded. He was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze
Star for valor.
Private First Class Ernest McCrimmon lived in Raleigh and attended Ligon High School. He was killed at Phu Dong when three companies of Marines assaulted dug-in North Vietnamese Army regulars. The NVA was driven from Phu Dong, leaving more than 130 dead behind. In addition to 38 wounded, the Marines lost 25 men killed in action. Ernest was one of those men.
Lance Corporal Bill McGee was a Broughton High graduate where he drove a bus. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that he died when the helicopter in which he was riding collided with another helicopter and crashed to the ground.
Sergeant Larry McLaughlin was raised near Carolina Pines Baptist Church and was a 1964 Garner High School graduate. He was a sergeant in an infantry platoon and received a Silver Star for his courageous actions in saving his squad during a fire fight in the action that cost him his life. His calm demeanor in the midst of battle earned him the respect of his men and of all of those who learned of his bravery.
Sergeant Douglas Moore lived in Raleigh. He was 24 years old and was married with three children when he was killed. It was reported that he died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. Douglas was born on June 10th, 1942 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He served our country for 6 years.
Specialist 4 Lee A. Moore, Jr., was from Raleigh and was 27 years old when he was killed. He was married. It was reported that Lee died from small arms fire or grenade.
First Lieutenant James Oxley lived in Raleigh and graduated from Ligon High School. He was 24 years old and married when he was killed in a plane crash.
Major David Pittard was a native of Raleigh and served as helicopter pilot. He was fatally wounded by ground forces while on a rescue mission. He was married.
Corporal Robert Pretty lived in Raleigh. He was 21 years old when he was killed by multiple fragmentation wounds.
Private First Class Alton Price was a Zebulon native, but graduated from Corinth Holder High School in 1964. He was 21 years old and not married. He was killed by fragmentation from a mine.
He is honored on Panel 9E, Line 100 and is buried at Hales Chapel Baptist Church in Johnston County.
Major Clarence Ratliff was a Special Forces Officer serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer of Command and Control Central FOB 1 and was lost in the crash of a LOH-6 helicopter. He was 42 years old and was married. He lived in Raleigh.
He is honored on Panel 54W, Line 39 and is buried at Raleigh National Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.
Private Donald Rhodes lived in Raleigh and was 19 years old when he was killed by an accidentally discharged hand grenade. He had quit school to join the Marines. He also had written The News & Observer from Vietnam and asked the newspaper to encourage readers to send letters and packages to the men stationed in Vietnam. He shared all the letters and packages with other North Carolina boys.
William Rivers lived in Raleigh and served with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 NMCB-11 , 3rd Naval Construction Brigade. He was killed in an non-hostile incident.
Private First Class Michael S. Roberts was from Apex. He was 18 years old when he died from small arms fire.
Sergeant Robert M. Robertson was from Raleigh. He suffered a heart attack and eventually died in Thailand.
He is honored on Panel 12W, line 103 and is buried at the Raleigh National Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.
Staff Sergeant Marshall L. Robinson was born in Smithfield, but lived in Raleigh. He was 44 years old.
Private First Class Robert Sanders was born in Smithfield, but attended Raleigh Ligon High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was 19 years old and was married. He planned to make his career in the military. He was killed by friendly fire.
He is honored on Panel 57W, Line 3 and is buried at Sanders Grove Cemetery in Four Oaks.
Platoon Sergeant Edward Shepherd lived in Raleigh before going to Vietnam. He was a platoon sergeant for a mortar squad and was killed by mine fragments in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Specialist 4 Bennie Smith grew up in the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh.
He is honored on Panel 31E, Line 1 and is buried at the Raleigh National Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.
Sergeant Lessie Strickland was a native of Zebulon. He served in the Marines for 10 years before he was killed by small arms fire in Quang Tin. He was shot while directing his men in an Amtrac.
Corporal Sheffield Stroud was a Clayton Cooper High graduate, but was living in Garner with his wife when he entered the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was killed while assisting wounded comrades. His platoon had celebrated his 21st birthday that morning, the day before his birthday.
Private First Class Stephen Thomas lived near the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road. He was drafted soon after graduating from Garner High School. He was trained in demolitions and was assigned to a mortar squad. He was killed when a mortar shell, which had failed to fire, exploded as he was moving it to a place where it would not endanger his squad.
Private First Class Harold Till, Jr., was award a Silver Star for saving his platoon when it was ambushed on a mountainside in Vietnam. The former president of the Garner High Bible Club was raised on Lake Wheeler Road. On the day he was killed, Till stood up and advanced on the enemy while firing his M-60 machine gun. His suppressing fire allowed the other men in his platoon to retreat.
Sergeant First Class Donald Voorhees was born Wilmington, but was a Raleigh resident. He played football at Broughton High School and later at Staunton Military Institute. He was 36 years old and was married. It was reported that he was awaiting transfer out of the country when an enemy combatant drove up and shot into the mess hall where he was sitting.
Staff Sergeant Donald Lee Wall was a career soldier in the U.S. Army who volunteered to go to Vietnam. He was a jump master in the 101st Airborne. He had lived on Vandora Avenue and attended Garner schools before enlisting. He was given three choices of where he wanted to serve and wrote down: 1. Vietnam, 2. Vietnam, 3. Vietnam. Wall participated in five major campaigns in Vietnam before he was killed on April 8, 1968 near Hue in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. His unit was ambushed in a cemetery and his patrol followed proper procedure while trying to fight themselves out of the ambush. He had remained behind to provide supporting fire as many of the patrol retreated. He was moving back when he was killed
Major Wellons was the bombardier/navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter F-4E over Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, when his aircraft was shot down. His remains were not recovered.
Staff Sergeant Jesse L. West was from Fuquay-Varina and served in the military for years before dying of a heart attack. He was award a Bronze Star.
Staff Sergeant Remer Williams was a Florida native, but was married and living in Raleigh before going to Vietnam. He was married and had three children. He was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor. After seeing some of his fellow soldiers fall wounded he ran forward placing a heavy volume of accurate fire upon the enemy as he ran. He dashed in front of the lines and dragged his wounded comrades to safety. He continued to do so until he was mortally wounded.
Sergeant William Williamson was from Wendell and was killed by a mortar explosion. He was 44 years old and was nicknamed Pops.
He is honored on Panel 14W, line 56 and is buried at Corinth Baptist Church in Johnston County.
Private Robert Braxton Woodard was from Holly Springs and is buried at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Apex. He was reported as having died from non-hostile action.
He is honored on Panel 27W, line 84.