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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Violence Comes to Cole Coffee

Whether your taste is for the exotic or the more regular cup of coffee, you will find the best of the best at Cole Coffee on College Avenue in the Rockridge District of Oakland, California.  This is the in-place for meeting up with interesting people who are as varied and interesting a blend as you will find anywhere in the country or around the world.  On any given day you can converse with artists, musicians, scientists, professors, lawyers, businessmen and women, massage therapists, tradesmen, bikers, runners, bicyclists, dog owners, young parents, students, walkers, psychologists, architects, shop owners, doctors, the famous and the not-so-famous, an occasional politician or movie star the rich and not-so-rich but most of all each interesting in his or her own right.  I met former DNC Chairman Dr. Howard Dean and actor Danny Glover on this very corner. Truly Cole Coffee offers great diversity and brings richness to the lives of all who frequent the cafe or those who are casual drop-ins or newbies.

I love Cole Coffee, the people, the vitality, the friendships, the great conversations, the loving support system.  I've frequented this spot for a number of years on an almost daily basis.  It feels like home to me and is reminiscent of my childhood days at Stout's Store in Stickleyville, Virginia where I went with my Grandpa to hang out with his friends, drink RC Colas, spit and chew tobacco, and swap stories.

While the weekends are hustle-bustle, Mondays at Cole Coffee generally get off to a quiet and peaceful, slower paced start than any other day of the week.  Fewer customers, mostly regulars, come by in the earliest hours between seven and nine.  Most of us quietly read our the New York Times or local rags and enjoy one of life's simple pleasures -- a great cup of coffee in peace.

This Monday differed from every other Monday in the years that I have frequented Cole.  I arrived on the scene at about 8:45 a.m. to find the cafe bustling with customers enjoying a sunny respite and amicable reparte both indoors and out.  I went inside the front cafe and ran into some friends for a quick hello.  Suddenly absolute chaos erupted outside the window -- tables, cups, plates, and chairs flying as people jumped out of the way. Several of us screamed for the baristas to call the police.  I walked out the front door and ventured slowly past several men to a spot by the stop sign where I could observe the commotion. I took in the customers, male and female of varying ages and stations in life, who were basically standing around with fear-riddled expressions, hands in their pockets, looking frozen and doing nothing -- absolutely nothing -- to intervene in what had become an extremely tense situation.

Before me flat on his back on the concrete sidewalk adjacent to the curb and a large stationary garbage can a man whom I'll call Muscles, a muscular white male  in his thirties or so -- lay with his knees pulled up defensively over his torso.  Another man whom I'll call Dreads --  even more muscular, a heavily tattooed pale-skinned black man with dreadlocks down to his waist and wearing a black leather vest with a motorcycle club emblem on the back worn over a white tee shirt -- straddled Muscles in full front throttle attack mode. Whether or not they had, both gave the appearance of men who had done hard time and had spend their days and nights for years doing nothing but working out and/or riding their "rats." As they say in the South, each looked as if he had probably been rode hard and put away wet a time or two, or vice versa.  Overcome with well-focused  rage Dreads viciously pounded Muscles who attempted to fend off the menacing and fierce blows to his head. The violence dramatically escalated and I could see from my vantage point that Dread's rage had taken control of all ability to reason.  Dread with his large hands grasped Muscle's thick neck, giving every indication that he was going to to snap Muscle's neck.

Dazed by the violence I looked about at the crowd that had gathered around. I observed a petite Mexican barista employee at Cole Coffee who was visibly shaken, struggling to fully take stock of the situation as tears welled up in her eyes. I noted that none of the sensitive Berkeley and Oakland types were going to intervene though one man in the back yelled out that someone should hit Dreads over the head with a chair though no one came forward to that or anything else to stop the violence.

As an experienced mediator with fourteen years conflict dispute resolution experience but certainly with no halo over my head,  I automatically intervened. I yelled at Dreads:  "Stop what you are doing! You do not want to kill this man!  Let him go right now!  Stop before you destroy your life!  Leave him alone! This is not the answer."

Dreads hesitated as the lights appeared to be coming on in his dense skull.  For a moment he came back to his senses.  He loosened his grip on Muscles all the while hovering over him, speaking in harsh hushed tones right into his face -- nose to nose.  The petite hardworking barista stooped down next to Dreads and Muscles and in her broken English quietly talked to them, telling them this was not the solution. 

From the distance came the familiar blare of a police siren.  Someone screamed,  "The police are coming."
Suddenly Dreads jumped up.  He yelled down at Muscles:  "I am coming back to finish you off tomorrow!"

Dreads  ran through two lanes of oncoming traffic to the Safeway parking lot where he jumped into a beat up old Toyota Corolla or something close akin with an open passenger door and a driver waiting with the engine revved.  Dreads and his accomplice sped away in the direction of Claremont Boulevard as another customer and I raced across College Avenue and together took down the license plate number of the get away car.  

Blaring sirens of the Oakland Police Department blasted us to our senses.  It didn't take much effort to realize that this was no "youthful indiscretion" or casual argument with boys being boys.  This was a preplanned, calculated attempt by a man carrying a grudge pent on revenge to do bodily harm to another human being.  One does not need a motor-running get-away car with door wide open if one has just come for an innocent cup of coffee.

As the police car came to a halt, Muscles gathered himself up off the concrete and collapsed onto a wooden bench next to am anorexic looking, heavily tattooed artist of some renown appeared to be waiting for him, wearing an expression of nonchalance on her pale face as she stared into the nothingness as if it was the usual order of business and was of no importance at all.  Two of Oakland's finest police officers professionally took charge of the situation and removed Muscles some distance away and tried to restore a sense of calm to our little corner of the world though few of us will soon forget that violence had come to Cole Coffee.

I had never seen either man before though others had, one being a rather full-of-himself Watcher, a neighborhood merchant who followed me into the back section of Cole Coffee where regulars can get a straightforward cup of Joe.  He barked that Muscles and Dreads were equally bad men and that I should have just let them have at one another, that nobody would have killed anybody. When queried as to his own whereabouts, he confirmed that he had not personally witnessed the fight nor the severity of it.  It rather upset me to be chastised by someone who would probably not lift a finger to help anyone and who would just stand by and watch.

This is how I see it:  No man no matter how bad he is deserves to be harmed or murdered at the hands of another person.  If an individual, having a skill set that could break up the violence, did not do something to intervene, stop the violence and do what could be done to save a life or prevent bodily harm, then that would make that individual no better a person than the perpetrator. I believe that we are responsible to and for one another. Sadly not everyone feels this way.

Gentle reader, what would you have done?  
What will you do if such an opportunity to serve your fellow man comes your way?

I pray that Dreads and Muscles can make a certain peace between themselves and find a way to get along with one another and with others..  And if they cannot control their violent urges, may they find some other place to drink coffee and mingle with their friends.  If these two violent men choose to pummel each other in the future, perhaps they could take it to their own "clubhouse" or where the public peace will not be disturbed so that innocent bystanders will not be harmed or have their sense of safety violated.  Cole Coffee will be a better place if we never see either of these violent men ever again.

Violence is never the answer.  Just walk away.



PS:  I still love Cole Coffee and all her players, great and small.

This is the personal perspective of the writer.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Memorial Day Roll Call


Honoring the Brave Men Who Proudly Served
Making the Ultimate Sacrifice
Company A, 3rd 39th Infantry, 
9th Infantry Division
U.S. Army
Vietnam
Memorial Day 2011

  
SP4 Russell Keith Blatz
  September 10, 1946 – January 8, 1968
  Lynchburg, Virginia 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      03/10/1967
  Casualty Date:   01/08/1968
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire
 
2nd LT Davis James Boardman
  Port Washington, New York
  April 11, 1941 – February 1, 1968
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      01/07/1968
  Incident Date:   02/01/1968
  Casualty Date:   02/01/1968
  Age at Loss:     26
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Identified:      02/08/1968
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

SP4 Joseph Mario Cagnacci
  July 26, 1946 – March 8, 1967
  Pleasanton,California 
  MOS:             11C20: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/08/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/08/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

CPL Jimmy Lee Fisher
  August 23. 1947 – November 15, 1967
  Calistoga, California 
  Grade at loss:   E3
  Rank:            Corporal
  Note:            Posthumous Promotion as indicated
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      02/27/1967
  Incident Date:   11/15/1967
  Casualty Date:   11/15/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire 

2nd LT David Nathaniel Green, Jr.
  April 2, 1941 – July 24, 1967
  Sumter, South Carolina
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      05/01/1967
  Incident Date:   07/24/1967
  Casualty Date:   07/24/1967
  Age at Loss:     26
  Location:        Province not reported, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Non-hostile, died of other causes
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Other Causes

SP4 Wilbert James Gresham
  May 23, 1946 – March 8, 1967
  Hoffman, Oklahoma 
  MOS:             11C10: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/08/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/08/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC Erwin John Haarwaldt
  January 18 , 1947 –March 20, 1967
  Trenton, New Jersey
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/20/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/20/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

1st LT Elwood Randall Hendrix
  April 9, 1943 – September 12, 1967
  Fulton, Missouri
  Note:            Posthumous Promotion as indicated
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  02
  Start Tour:      06/09/1967
  Incident Date:   09/12/1967
  Casualty Date:   09/12/1967
  Age at Loss:     24
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Other explosive device

PFC Lathan Houston
March 17,1948 – December 10, 1968
De Kalb, Mississippi
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      09/11/1968
  Incident Date:   12/10/1968
  Casualty Date:   12/10/1968
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

PSGT Paul Edward Jackson
  July 2, 1940 – May 10, 1968 
  Richmond,California
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  10
  Start Tour:      11/26/1967
  Incident Date:   05/10/1968
  Casualty Date:   05/10/1968
  Age at Loss:     27
  Location:        Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

CPL Robert Milton Jacobs
  June 15, 1946- May 10, 1968 
  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  MOS:            11B10 Infantryman
  LenSvc:         Less than one year
  Note:           E3 at loss. Posthumous Promotion
  Start Tour:     Sunday, 12/03/1967
  Cas Date:       Friday, 05/10/1968
  Age at Loss:    21
  Remains:        Body Recovered
  Location:       Gia Dinh, South Vietnam
  Type:           Hostile, Died
  Reason:         Multiple Fragmentation Wounds - Ground Casualty

SSGT Freddie David Jones Sr
  January 13,1936 – March 20, 1967
  Louisville, Kentucky
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  10
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/20/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/20/1967
  Age at Loss:     31
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

CPL Donald Wayne Keep
  March 24, 1947- January 8, 1968 
  Freeport,Illinois
  Note:            Posthumous Promotion as indicated
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      10/07/1967
  Incident Date:   01/08/1968
  Casualty Date:   01/08/1968
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

Donald Wayne Keep SP4 Albert Korona
  January 28, 1947 - May 18, 1967

  Trenton, New Jersey
  MOS:            11B20 Infantryman
  Length Service:  1 - 2 years
  Start Tour:         12/12/1966
  Casualty Date:   05/18/1967
  Age at Loss:      20
  Remains:           Body recovered
  Location:            Long An, Province
  Type:                Hostile, died of wounds
  Reason:            Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty

SGT Patrick Jerome Long
  May 5, 1944 – November 16, 1967 
  Poughkeepsie, New York
  Rank:            Sergeant
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  02
  Start Tour:      10/03/1967
  Incident Date:   11/16/1967
  Casualty Date:   11/16/1967
  Age at Loss:     23
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

SSGT Robert Davis Long
  October 13, 1944 – August 5, 1968
  Cincinnati, Ohio 
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  02
  Start Tour:      10/04/1967
  Casualty Date:   08/05/1968
  Age at Loss:     23 (based on date declared dead)
  Location:        Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died of wounds
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

PFC Billie Clifford Loomis
  July 19,1936 – June 3, 1968
  Palermo, California 
  MOS:             11C10: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  08
  Start Tour:      04/25/1968
  Incident Date:   06/03/1968
  Casualty Date:   06/03/1968
  Age at Loss:     31
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Other causes (undefined)

SP4 James Edward Lothman
  May 18, 1947 – October 4,1968
  Euclid, Ohio 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      03/04/1968
  Incident Date:   10/04/1968
  Casualty Date:   10/04/1968
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

SP4 Allen Theodore Makin II
  October 11, 1946 – March 15,1967
  Buckeye, Arizona
  MOS:             17C20: Field Artillery Target Acquisition Specialist
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/09/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/15/1967
  Age at Loss:     20 (based on date declared dead)
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died of wounds
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

SSGT Charles Elvin Mc Dowell
  January 9, 1940 – February 11, 1968 
  Rock Hill, South Carolina
  Note:            Posthumous Promotion as indicated
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  06
  Start Tour:      12/10/1967
  Incident Date:   02/11/1968
  Casualty Date:   02/11/1968
  Age at Loss:     28
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Non-hostile, died of other causes
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Accidental homicide  

PFC Clarance Allen Mooney
  November 8, 1944 – March 16,1967
  Medina, Ohio 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      01/01/1967
  Incident Date:   03/16/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/16/1967
  Age at Loss:     22
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC Luis Guillermo Mora
  January 28, 1942 – February 2, 1967
  New York, NY
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   02/02/1967
  Casualty Date:   02/02/1967
  Age at Loss:     25
  Location:        Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Identified:      02/13/1967
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Noncrew
  Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

SGT Rainer K Morgan
  September 1, 1944 – January 8, 1968
  McGuire AFB, New Jersey 
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  02
  Start Tour:      10/04/1967
  Incident Date:   01/08/1968
  Casualty Date:   01/08/1968
  Age at Loss:     23
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC Dennis Richard Morrell
  September 2, 1946 – March 20, 1967
  Fort Wayne, Indiana 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/20/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/20/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

SP4 Charles Ray Moudry
  July 20, 19496 – March 8, 1967
  Houston, Texas
  MOS:             11C20: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/08/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/08/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

 PFC Oscar Franklin Nicewander
  March 7, 1946 – March 20, 1967
  Dundee,Ohio
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/20/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/20/1967
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

SP4 Gerald Francis Novak
  December 28,1946 – March 2, 1967
  Villa Park, Illinois 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/02/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/02/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

SP4 James Robert Novotny 
  February 2, 1947 – March 20, 1967
  Morton Grove, Illinois 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   03/20/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/20/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC Bruce Gordon Ockey
  April 5, 1947 – June 30, 1967
  Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania 
  MOS:             11C10: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      03/07/1967
  Incident Date:   06/30/1967
  Casualty Date:   06/30/1967
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

PFC David Paul Oker
  February 18, 1945 – January 20, 1969
  Isanti, Minnesota 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/18/1968
  Incident Date:   01/20/1969
  Casualty Date:   01/20/1969
  Age at Loss:     23
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC David Michael Powell
    
October 25, 1947 – May 10, 1968
  Bellevue, Michigan  
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Unit:            2ND PLT, A CO, 3RD BN, 39TH INFANTRY, 9TH INF DIV, USARV
  Start Tour:      03/01/1968
  Incident Date:   05/10/1968
  Casualty Date:   05/10/1968
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

SGT Howard Emerson Querry
  July 6, 1944 – May 10, 1968
  Downers Grove, Illinois  
  MOS:             11B40: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Unit:            2ND PLT, A CO, 3RD BN, 39TH INFANTRY, 9TH INF DIV, USARV
  Start Tour:      03/02/1968
  Incident Date:   05/10/1968
  Casualty Date:   05/10/1968
  Age at Loss:     23
  Location:        Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

CPT James Eddie Reed
  December 4, 1942 – February 1, 1968
  Kingsport, Tennessee 
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  03
  Start Tour:      07/21/1967
  Incident Date:   02/01/1968
  Casualty Date:   02/01/1968
  Age at Loss:     25
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar


PFC Paul William Risinger
  October 3, 1942 – November 8, 1967
  Arlington, Virginia   
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      03/11/1967
  Incident Date:   11/08/1967
  Casualty Date:   11/08/1967
  Age at Loss:     25
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Other explosive device
 
SP4 Robert Longoria Salinas
  September 19, 1945 – May 15, 1967
  Pettus, Texas 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   05/15/1967
  Casualty Date:   05/15/1967
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

2nd LT John Francis Sevick
  December 22, 1942 – February 1, 1968
  Kansas City, Kansas 
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      11/15/1967
  Incident Date:   02/01/1968
  Casualty Date:   02/01/1968
  Age at Loss:     25
  Location:        Binh Long Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

PFC Anthony John Sivo
  June 6, 1947 – July 24, 1968
  Cranston, Rhode Island 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      04/21/1968
  Incident Date:   07/24/1968
  Casualty Date:   07/24/1968
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Other explosive device

1st LT Donald Bruce Small
  September 1, 1944 – February 1, 1968
  Mount Vernon, New York
  MOS:             1542: Infantry Unit Commander
  Length Service:  02
  Start Tour:      01/07/1968
  Incident Date:   02/02/1968
  Casualty Date:   02/02/1968
  Age at Loss:     23
  Location:        Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

CPL Robert Louis Smith
  May 27, 1947 – March 8, 1967
  Angier, North Carolina 
  Note:            Posthumous Promotion as indicated
  MOS:             11C10: Indirect Fire Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/19/1966
  Incident Date:   03/08/1967
  Casualty Date:   03/08/1967
  Age at Loss:     19
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

CPL Joseph Sosinski
  December 30, 1949 – October 23, 1967
  New York, New York 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      07/18/1967
  Incident Date:   10/06/1967
  Casualty Date:   10/23/1967
  Age at Loss:     18 (based on date declared dead)
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died of wounds
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

SP4 Stephen James Stewart
  July 13, 1947 – January 8, 1968
  Clinton, Missouri 
  MOS:             11B20: Infantryman
  Length Service:  01
  Start Tour:      03/08/1967
  Incident Date:   01/08/1968
  Casualty Date:   01/08/1968
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

PFC Robert Frank Vernes
  September 9, 1945  - February 16, 1967
  Anaheim, California 
  MOS:             11B10: Infantryman
  Length Service:  00
  Start Tour:      12/12/1966
  Incident Date:   02/16/1967
  Casualty Date:   02/16/1967
  Age at Loss:     21
  Location:        Long An Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

CPL Robert Earnest Young
  May 17, 1948 - January 8, 1968
  Silverbell, Arizona
  MOS:          11B10 Infantryman
  Len Svc:     Less than one year
  Note:          E-3 at loss.  Posthumous promotion
  Start Tour:  09/19/1967
  Casualty Date:  01/08/1968
  Age at Loss:      19
  Remains:            Body recovered
 Location:             Long An, South Vietnam
 Type:                   Hostile, Died
 Reason:              Gun, Small Arms Fire - Ground Casualty 

 
MAY OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS REST IN PEACE.

08 Jan 1968 the 3rd/39th Infantry lost 15 men in an engagement west of Rach Kien: 
A Company:
  •  SGT Rainer K. Morgan, McGuire AFB, NJ
  • P4 Russell K. Blatz, Lynchburg, VA
  • SP4 Robert L. Crawley, Baraboo, WI
  • CPL Donald W. Keep, Freeport, IL 
  • SP4 Stephen J. Stewart, Clinton, MO
  • CPL Robert E. Young, Silverbell, AZ
    ·         B Company:
    • SP4 William E. Tieman, Delanco, NJ
    • PFC Jarold E. Humphrey, Greenville, CA
    • PFC Paul J. Lively, Cynthiana, KY
    • PFC Ronnie D. Pendergraft, Clovis, CA
    • PFC Daniel Reese, Bassfield, MS
    • PFC Donald Wooley, Siluria, AL
    • PFC Robert L. Wright, Gardner, IL
      ·         HQ Company:
      • PFC Daniel R. Bowman, Elberton, GA
      • PFC Roger C. Foxworth, Dearborn, MI
        01 February 1968 Company A, 3rd/39th Infantry, lost 4 men in a heavy artillery attack 
        at Don Rach Cat (Fort Courage). 

        CPT James Eddie Reed, Kingsport, Tennessee 
        1st LT Donald Bruce Small, Mount Vernon, New York 2nd LT Davis J. Boardman, Port Washington, New York     
        2nd LT John Sevick, Kansas City, Kansas         


          Please notify me in the event that one of our brave men who died while serving with Company A does not appear and I will gladly make any corrections.