Arthur Turner, JrSergeant
A CO, 4TH BN, 503RD INF RGT, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
03 September 1947 - 20 November 1967
Mount Pleasant, SC
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The database page for Arthur Turner, Jr
Sergeant Arthur Turner was a squad leader in the 2nd platoon of A/4/503rd Inf, 173rd Abn Bde. I first met him in August 1967 when I was assigned to the 2nd platoon of A Co. Sergeant Turner was easy to get to know and I made friends with him. We were in the Battle of Ngok Kom Leat on November 6, 1967 in Dak To. We were on Hill 875 together in Dak To on November 20, 1967, when Sergeant Turner was killed by a mortar round in the early morning. Sergeant Arthur Turner was one of the best Sergeants that I served under.
A Note from The Virtual WallAs noted above, Sergeant Turner died in the bitter fighting for Hill 875. Two Medals of Honor, three Distinguished Service Crosses, and numerous Silver and Bronze Stars were awarded the men who fought there between 19 and 23 November 1967 - but at least 127 Americans died there as well, with hundreds more wounded.
A summary of the battle and a listing of the men who died
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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 08/10/2009