Donald Edward Byrum
"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)
A memorial from his nephew,
Scott Walter USMC 87-91
10 Mar 2002
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:
PFC Byrum was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. You can see his and other names listed in the 25th Infantry Division's "Tropic Lightning News". PFC Byrum was survived by his mother, Pauline E and his father, Herschel L Byrum (June 20, 1910 - July 18, 1986). PFC Byrum and his father are buried Union City Cemetery Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
- - The Virtual Wall, June 20, 2014
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