Fidele Joseph BastaracheSergeant
B CO, 1ST BN, 6TH INF RGT, 198 INF BDE
Army of the United States
11 February 1946 - 27 May 1968
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The database page for Fidele Joseph Bastarache
On July 6, 1962, Fidele, age sixteen, moved from Saint-Antoine, New Brunswick, Canada to Gardner, Massachusetts with his family. Ambrose, his father, moved there because of work.
Fidele was drafted and his mother suggested he move back to Canada. He refused to go back and felt it was his duty to serve. He took basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in July 1966 and on March 15th he took additional training at Fort Hood, Texas. He started his tour in Vietnam in October.
Fidele was a mortarman and was assigned to Company B of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade. The Brigade had joined the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) operating in the northern part of South Vietnam.
Eight and one-half months into his tour, Fidele was killed. He is buried in Gardner, Massachusetts.
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his Canadian supporters,
Hal and Maddy Laffin
22 Dec 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 07/22/2005