Daniel Luther Oney

Private First Class
Army of the United States
22 November 1948 - 27 June 1969
Jackson, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Daniel Luther Oney

19 Mar 2002

This memorial was initiated by the
Vietnam Veterans of America,
Chapter 55,
Licking County, Ohio.


29 Aug 2004

My family went to the Vietnam Wall Experience (a 3/4 replica of the Wall in Delaware County in Ohio) today, 6/29/04. A volunteer gave us a flower with Daniel Luther Oney's name, birth date, date of casualty, rank and where he was on the Wall. I found it. Luckily, my uncle returned from Vietnam. It made the experience so much more real for me to look up Daniel's name on the wall and try to find data on him on the internet. Daniel, you were remembered today.

I would like to mail the listing and flower to his family, if they are still in Jackson, Ohio. You can send me an e-mail with your information.

For all vets, it doesn't matter whether you agree or disagree with the cause you are supposedly fighting for. It doesn't matter what non-soldier supporters say. What matters is that our country needed you and you went. Thank you all for fighting for my freedom and our country! We are all indebted.

Jane Adkins

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 27 June 1969 C Company 2/14 Infantry lost three men:
  • SSG Hammett L. Bowen, Ocala, FL (Medal of Honor)
  • CPL Marvin R. Miller, Riverside, CA
  • PFC Daniel L. Oney, Jackson, OH
The 2/14 Infantry after-action report describes the day's work in dry terms:
"On 27 June, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry conducted a combat assault into an area near the Saigon River five kilometers northwest of Phu Cuong (XT758170) and, at 1055 hours, made contact with an enemy force of unknown size, probably an element of the Quyet Thang Regiment. The enemy returned a heavy volume of RPG and small arms fire, killing three Americans and wounding four. Enemy anti-aircraft fire hit a gunship, a command and control helicopter (2-14 Inf) and a MEDEVAC helicopter. Company B, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, reacting to the contact, reinforced Company C (2-14 Inf) from the west. Helicopter gunships, air strikes and artillery supported the sharp fighting and when the enemy broke contact, the infantrymen located 44 NVA KIA, 15 AK-47 rifles, two RPG launchers and 100 rounds of RPG ammunition."
However, the text from Staff Sergeant Bowen's Medal of Honor Citation gives a soldier's-eye view of what was happening:
"Sergeant Bowen placed heavy suppressive fire on the enemy positions and ordered his men to fall back. As the platoon was moving back, an enemy grenade was thrown amid Sergeant Bowen and three of his men. Sensing the danger to his comrades, Sergeant Bowen shouted a warning to his men and hurled himself on the grenade, absorbing the explosion with his body while saving the lives of his fellow soldiers."

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