Terry Franklin LeazerENFN
PBR-101, RIVDIV 53, TASK FORCE 116, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
02 December 1946 - 24 May 1967
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The database page for Terry Franklin Leazer
REMEMBEREDby friends and family.
While on patrol on the Cho Chien River, 60 miles south of Saigon at 07:30 on 24 May 1967 PBR 101 came under fire from the right bank from an ambush cleverly set by the Viet Cong. The first RPG round hit the forward .50 mount and exploded killing Lt. Charles Don Witt, and crewmen Roy L. Castleberry, and Michael Courtney Quinn. ENFN Terry Franklin Leazer, the midships gunner, returned machinegun fire on the enemy, before being felled by enemy machinegun fire. The boat was drifting into the right bank, and into enemy hands, when Micheal James Devlin (the lone survivor) reversed the engines, and was able to get the boat out of the kill zone.
I went to school with Terry from 1st grade until we graduated high school. We played Little League together, sand lot football on Saturday afternoons, went to the show together, and whatever buddies do as kids. We even got into trouble together. It's been 37 years since he's been gone and I would be amiss if I said I didn't think about him a thousand times since that day. I served my time in Vietnam with the Army, just like Terry said would happen if I didn't join him in the Navy. I go to his grave often when in southern Iowa, and reminisce of days gone by.
Take care buddy. One day we'll all be together again.
From a school friend,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
ENFN Leazer was the "midships gunner" identified in the Monthly Summary quoted above. The other three men killed in the 24 May 1967 ambush were:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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