Hubert Earl Waford

Army of the United States
01 June 1947 - 12 April 1968
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Panel 49E Line 036


Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (3 awards), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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8 Dec 2001

Your family is and will always be proud of you, Hubert.

From his niece.
E-mail address is not available.
26 May 2002

I just wanted Hubert's family to know I have never forgotten him. I was the pastor at Dover Baptist Church and had his funeral. The Moving Wall Memorial was in Maysville recently and I went to see it and found Hubert's name and made a tracing to have. Tommorow, Memorial Day Sunday, as I preach I will mention him and there will be a single white rose on the communion table in his memory.

God Bless!
Brother Bob Donovan

04 June 2002


Corporal J. L. Travis and Sergeant Hubert Earl Waford were inducted into the U.S.A. Army March 1967, finished training together, departed to Vietnam August 20, 1967. J. L. lost his life in battle Thanksgiving day, Nov. 22, 1967. Hubert served as military escort to bring J. L. home. Hubert returned to battle on December 8, was killed in battle Good Friday, April 12, 1968. They will remain buddies together forever in Heaven.

From his sister,
Corinne W. Rucker

28 Dec 2005

I never knew Hubert nor did I ever meet him but I went to see him at the funeral home in Shelbyville. You see, Hubert and my cousin Alan Hettich were killed on the same day. They met each other previously and became friends quickly and Alan wrote to me about his new friend from Shelby County. Since I lived in Middletown and Alan in Louisville it was a good fit for all of us.

How I wish I could have met Hubert and spent time with him. My heart goes out to his entire family for suffering such a terrible loss.

From a friend,
Jim Oesterritter


Dear Hubert,

Please forgive me for not writing to you sooner but a lot of things held me up, such as, career, family, girlfriend and life in general. I know the last time I saw you was in April 1968 and met your whole family. Such warm and wonderful people they were Hubert, so nice and cordial without having ever met me. We made small talk and discussed you a great deal and then I told them why I was there.

My cousin and best friend in the world Alan Hettich came home in April also, same as you. Neither of you were expected home so soon, so everyone was shocked that you showed up on the same day. I imagine you shared the same airline coming back home, but I'm only guessing. I think Alan mentioned meeting you in a few of his letters he sent back home but that you guys barely got to know each other so let me help fill in the blanks.

Alan was and is my best friend for life no matter what. Alan was always very active in his life Hubert just as sure as you were as well. He was (car nut) but never had anything worth owning, neither did I. We pushed these cars more than we drove them but relished in the fact we even had a car. We both had low paying jobs as teenagers, about a buck an hour but living at home made it seem like a fortune. He was also a good ball player; he had a right arm that would not quit, a better pitcher I've never seen. A typical evening for us would be to get a few beers head to the drive in and watch western movies and throw up and top off the evening with half dozen White Castle hamburgers. Alan grew up in the Highlands (City) but I was raised closer to you in the East end of the county. I was so naive about the ways of the city so Alan brought me up to speed on everything. He taught me how to drive in city traffic showed me how to get to Fontaine Ferry Park and later on talked to me about girls. We always avoided the subject of girls and sex because we were dumb and dumber on that aspect of our rearing. Our parents and our catholic backgrounds precluded us from discussing any forms of relationships for fear of breaking any commandments.

Despite all our naivet´┐Ż we did manage to start seeing some girls and some time would compare notes. Neither one of us were very good at this since we always hung around with a bunch of guys like ourselves and had not yet established a track record. Also I have to mention his parents and his two sisters, the best, the very best relatives ever, hands down. They melded into our family perfectly and we all bonded so well and that bond remains even today. I'm sure your family was just as close as ours, I could tell as they gathered around you how loved you were, Alan got the same reception.

Hubert, I know you don't know me but that doesn't matter. What matters is that you were friends with Alan and that automatically makes you a friend of mine. Like Alan, you are a good man, good soldier and good friend. So it is with the deepest sadness in my heart that I must one again say good bye to you and Alan like I did in 1968. We shall meet again Hubert but this time you won't be laid out like Alan in a glass covered coffin. I know I can count on the both of you for a hug and a game of baseball only this time I pitch. I will tell you a lot more stories when I see you again, not sure yet of the date so just wait for me ok?

The only problem I have now is getting this letter to you. Conventional means are out of the question; even email won't work so I asked a friend of mine to deliver this message to the both of you. I have a guardian angel that's been with me for life and he could really use a break from me. He's put up with a lot and a little travel will do him good, a vacation as it were. However, don't keep him too long, I still have a little ways to go yet.

Friends in this life and the life thereafter,

08 Oct 2006

I never knew Hubert, but I heard many stories about him growing up. Corinne, if you still visit this site, please contact me. I'm looking to build on to our famiy tree and it seems the info ends with Hubert. God Bless, Crystal

From his great-niece,

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 11 April 1968 three companies from the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, were airlifted into a remote clearing about 12 kilometers north of Dau Tieng. The soldiers established a defensive perimeter, put out listening posts, and settled in for the night. At about 0230 on the morning of 12 April 1968 - Good Friday - the perimeter started receiving light probing fire, followed at 0330 by a heavy bombardment with 60mm and 82mm mortars. At 0405 a massive ground attack began, with Bravo 3/22 pushed back from their defensive line and hand-to-hand fighting inside the perimeter.

Charlie Company, 2nd Bn, 22nd Infantry, was in night laager about five miles away. They were ordered to move to 3/22's assistance and began a night march through the jungle.

By 0630 3/22 had ejected the enemy and reestablished their perimeter defense. Charlie 2/22 arrived on scene and the enemy withdrew in haste, leaving 153 dead behind. Twenty Americans died in the fight, and at least 47 more were wounded. The infantrymen buried the enemy dead on Saturday morning and withdrew to Dau Tieng. The American dead were

  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 22nd Infantry:
    • PFC Warren M. Beaumont, Langhorne, PA
    • PFC Russell H. Cornish, Maplewood, NJ
    • PFC Gary R. Holland, Muskogee, OK

  • B Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd Infantry:
    • SP4 Edward C. Beckwith, Trout, LA
    • PFC Alan P. Butkus, Chicago, IL
    • PFC John E. Cunningham, Memphis, TN
    • PFC Robert W. Ellsworth, Pueblo, CO
    • PFC William E. Maxwell, Barberton, OH
    • SP4 Robert L. Melton, Rocky Mount, NC
    • PFC Glenn L. Moller, Glendale, MO
    • CPL Reynaldo N. Orozco, Sinton, TX
    • PFC David A. Strupp, Sparta, NJ
    • CPL Donny G. Tidwell, Diana, TX
    • SP4 Douglas R. Weiher, Milwaukee, WI

  • D Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd Infantry:
    • SP4 William J. De Lisa, Ponce, PR
    • SP4 Morris K. James, Lynnwood, WA
    • SP4 Cleatus W. McClanahan, Charleston, WV
    • SGT Hubert E. Waford, Shelbyville, KY (Silver Star)

  • HQ Company, 3rd Bn, 22nd Infantry:
    • CPL Alan J. Hettich, Louisville, KY

  • A Trp, 3rd Bn, 4th Cavalry:

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