Robert Louis McDuffyPrivate First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 501ST INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
30 June 1945 - 28 April 1968
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The database page for Robert Louis McDuffy
Everyone needs to remember you and all that you gave to your country. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for all our freedom.
You are a hero.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe classic cordon operation of the Vietnam war began on April 28, 1968, around the village of Phuoc Yen. The battle began with units from the 2nd Bde, 101st Airborne, trapping the 8th Bn, 90th NVA Regiment, in the "stocking" area of the Song Bo River two miles northwest of Hue. For four days, companies from three 2nd Brigade battalions, together with local Popular Forces (PFs) and a company from the 1st ARVN Division, lay siege to the village complex that intelligence sources said was harboring an NVA battalion.
Although the Allied forces were supported by batteries of the 21st Artillery, helicopter gunships, and Air Force fighter-bombers, defeat of the NVA battalion rested with the infantrymen. On the morning of the fifth day, with 419 NVA soldiers known dead, the remaining 107 surrendered, the first North Vietnamese Army unit to surrender en masse to an American unit in the history of the war.
Thirteen US soldiers died in the five days of fighting around Phuoc Yen:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Mar 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009