Manuel Alicea, Jr
June 20, 2014
I served with 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. The date of KIA approaches for members of our 3rd squad. The 3rd squad was wiped out on 'Ambush Purple' on June 28th, 1966.
SGT Price and I came over from Hawaii together as well as some other members of his squad, Harry Dyer, Carl Fell, Sgt Sheidt (RTO and FO from our mortar platoon), including some early replacements from February 1966. There were 12 men killed that night.
Once again as the anniversary date is near, the feeling of guilt is overwhelming.Thank you
On 28 June 1966 Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, lost twelve men in a firefight east of Bao Trai. They were:
At the time of his death, PFC Alicea was survived by his parents, Aida Rosario and Manuel Alicea, Sr of Santa Junita, Bayamon. PFC Alecia is buried in Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon, Puerto Rico as his father, Manuel. His father was an Army Tech 4 during WW II.
- - The Virtual Wall, June 20, 2014
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