Francis William Harter
Fran Harter was born and raised in Laporte, Indiana. I was from Chicago so Fran and I quickly became good friends since
we both could relate to a lot of things. The picture above is a very special one to me. When it was taken, little did I
know that 3 hours later he would get killed. Fran is kneeling down to pet a puppy ... He had traded a carton of cigarettes
for the puppy earlier that afternoon. A few hours later the rest of the squad had headed out to an ambush location with
5 ARVN soldiers. On the way there they walked into an ambush (which we believe was set up by the 2 ARVN's walking point
since we never found them, believing that they went over to the other side). Also killed that night was
Randall Lee Ellis. He was our squad leader. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of
Ronald J. Di Bartolomeo who lived for 2 days after the ambush. Randy and Fran Died on Nov. 9, 1970, Ron died on the 11th.
We were all in Co. B 1/5th Mech, 25th Infantry Div. November 9th 1970 was without a doubt the very worst day of my life
and these three great people are to this day my heros. I will remember them always!
REMEMBERED BY HIS COMRADES AT
1st Bn, 5th Inf
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