Paul Laverne Oakes, JrFirst Lieutenant
A CO, 3RD BN, 60TH INF RGT, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
30 January 1941 - 19 June 1968
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The database page for Paul Laverne Oakes, Jr
Paul had a choice assignment with the US Army Recuiting Service, Omaha, NE., when he applied for and completed OCS. He was assigned to a Platoon in the Mekong Delta and within a couple of weeks he was gone.
A combined honor guard of all the Military Recruiting Services in Omaha attended his funeral and Interment in the "Field of Glory," at the Atlantic, Iowa, cemetery. To this day, 34 years later, I can still see Paul Sr's face as he accepted the folded flag and I can still hear those words, "On behalf of a grateful nation ... "
Paul was and remains a true American hero, one who made a choice to do what he felt was right. We who served with him will remember him, along with all of the others with whom we fought alongside in that war.
Gordon D. French, USAF, Retired
12 Nov 2002
Photos courtesy of Mick and Lorretta Barringer
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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
Last updated 01/25/2003