Arthur Raymond ErschoenSpecialist Four
B CO, 1ST BN, 28TH INFANTRY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
18 April 1946 - 08 November 1966
Los Angeles, California
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I played baseball with Art in High School and I remember that he was a great guy. I remember that he was a little older than I, and he went into the service right out of High School 1965. I remember that I heard that he was killed in Vietnam not too long after graduation. I wanted to make sure that Art is not forgotten. The Virtual Wall and the Wall in DC will help preserve his memory although his life was short. I will never forget him. I was drafted into the military about a year after Art was killed, and I went to Vietnam. I thought about him often while I was there.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallDuring the night of 04/05 November 1966 the 1st Infantry Division moved the division HQ and several combat units by air and land into the area around Dau Tieng. Contact was made as the battalions moved into multiple landing zones, and the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 28th Infantry, were moved in behind the enemy's offensive thrusts.
On the night of 07/08 November the 1/28th's night defensive position at Ap Cha Do was attacked by elements of the 272nd VC and the 101st NVA Regiments. The battle continued until 11 AM, when the VC/NVA withdrew. When the 2/28th swept the area they found the reason for the VC/NVA's aggressive defense of the area - a base camp that stretched for over a mile through the thick jungle and contained one of the largest caches of ammo and supplies taken to date. The base camp contained 19,000 grenades, a Claymore mine factory, 1135 pounds of explosives, 400 bangalore torpedoes, a command radio system and other items. In addition to the base camp, the US soldiers found 399 VC/NVA dead.
The 1/28th received the Presidential Unit Citation for the Battle of Ap Cha Do - but at the cost of 19 dead and dozens more wounded. The dead were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Nov 2006
Last updated 11/18/2006