Gary Melvin Ladd

Private First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army Of The United States
20 July 1946 - 22 March 1967
Cottage Grove, OR
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them.


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John Nelson
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28 Jul 2001



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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)