David Vasquez

Specialist Four
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
19 September 1945 - 22 March 1967
San Juan Bautista, California
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them.

A memorial from his comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
(now deceased)
28 Jul 2001


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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jul 2001
Last updated 12/20/2011