Charles Ray PowersSpecialist Four
A CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
22 August 1946 - 08 August 1966
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The memory of Charles has been part of my life ever since we met through letters and I was informed through a returned package stamped "deceased" that he had been killed. The war truly became real for me that day as did the sacrifice so many made for our country. I honor and thank Charles and all those who served and serve today.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 01 August 1966 units of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, were inserted into the Ia Drang Valley for a search-and-destroy operation named PAUL REVERE II. Although ample evidence of the enemy's presence was found during the first week, 1/7 Cav had little contact with enemy forces.
That changed shortly after noon on 08 August when "A" Company made contact with a large enemy force near Landing Zone JULIET. The 3rd Platoon was on point and made the initial contact with the NVA. They aggressively pursued and were immediately hit by several enemy heavy and light machineguns, cutting them off from the rest of the company. Most of the 3rd Platoon was able to exfiltrate back to the "A" Company perimeter, where the company found itself under very heavy attack. By 1500, artillery and air strikes had discouraged the NVA, which broke contact and withdrew into the jungles.
The price paid by "A" Company was very high - 25 dead, 36 more wounded. The dead were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Jul 2008
Last updated 11/13/2010