Harry M Godwin

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
25 May 1939 - 04 March 1966
El Dorado, Arkansas
Panel 05E Line 102


Distinguished Service Cross

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Harry M Godwin

14 Jul 2004

Harry was a friend from my home town, El Dorado, Arkansas. You gave it your all and I thank you for your sacrifice. I was honored to know you and you are missed and loved by America. Hope we can have a great time visiting in Heaven.

Your devoted friend,
John Clingan
877 Bettina Court #655, Houston, Tx 77024-4375

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 04 March 1966 the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry engaged a North Vietnamese battalion as it prepared to attack a US fire support base. The 327th Infantry web site describes the engagement as follows:
"The largest encounter of Operation Harrison occurred when elements of 1-327 once again locked in heavy combat with regulars of the 95th NVA Regiment. The battle took place southwest of Tuy Hoa near the hamlet of My Phu. It started slowly, as did most engagements, but the sporadic fire steadily increased in volume to the high pitch of a major fire fight. Unlike other enemy forces, this regiment was truly professional and this was to be a battle between the professionals. Using one company as a base of fire and one as the maneuver element, the "Above the Rest" battalion moved relentlessly forward. In perhaps the Brigades' first night airmobile assault under fire, the tiger force was successfully inserted into a blocking position on a one-helicopter landing zone. Next morning when the smoke had cleared from the battlefield, the troopers of 1-327 dominated the enemy positions, counting 118 enemy dead."
Twenty US soldiers died in what became known as the "battle of My Phu":
  • A Btry, 2nd Bn, 320th Artillery
    • PFC James S. Cocchiara, Springfield, MA

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
    • 1LT Harry M. Godwin, El Dorado, AR (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SP4 Reuben L. Garnett, Steelton, PA
    • SP4 Diego Mercado, New York, NY
    • SP4 James R. Scott, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • PFC Phillip H. Clark, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    • PFC Richard P. Corson, Buffalo, NY
    • PFC Stanley T. Demboski, Jersey City, NJ
    • PFC Harvey W. Jones, Fort Worth, TX
    • PFC Arnell Keyes, New York, NY
    • PFC Paul G. Parsons, Van Wert, OH
    • PFC Charles D. Wadsworth, Alvy, WV

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
  • C Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
    • SP4 Alberto A. Lucero, Salida, CO
1LT Godwin received his commission through the Army ROTC program at Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas), where he was graduated with the Class of 1964.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a hometown friend,
John P. Clingan
877 Bettina Court #655, Houston, Tx 77024-4375

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Jul 2004
Last updated 09/28/2006