Otto William Baumann, JrPrivate First Class
D CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
23 July 1946 - 28 December 1966
Spotswood, New Jersey
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The database page for Otto William Baumann, Jr
From the Reader's Digest, May, 2002, page 150,"A Soldier's Story":
A memorial initiated by a reader.
I just dug out a copy of my induction orders from 1965 to find this soldier's name near mine. We may have sat together on that first bus ride to the Fort Dix Reception Station... I don't know, but I found it eerie that we ended up in entirely different units... but very near to one another in Vietnam later in our military careers.
"Skip" died about 20 kilometers from a spot where I very nearly lost my life... ironically with the same Division - the 1st Cav.
Our serial numbers were nearly identical, differing by only 6 numbers, and we are both "Jersey" boys. God rest his soul.
A Note from The Virtual WallOperation THAYER II in the Suoi Ca Valley began on 16 December 1966. Two days after Christmas, Companies B and C of the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, established contact with one NVA battalion and Delta 1/8 fought another, inflicting heavy casualties on the two NVA units at a cost of 15 men killed in action:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 May 2002
Last updated 05/27/2006