Jerry Lee Wilson

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
19 August 1945 - 16 August 1968
Doniphan, Missouri
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jerry Lee Wilson

26 May 2007

You were a great friend then and still are now. Time and distance cannot erase the feeling of close friends. In case you're wondering, they said you took plenty to see Bhudda before you went down. A man could always count on you to cover his back when things got bad. You were never one to shirk his duty. It was a pleasure to have known you then and a sure-enough pleasure to say I serveed with him and he was sure a good and dear friend. These words ain't much but you got to know you're missed.

From his Platoon Leader and friend,
Jack (Tex) Reed

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Landing Zone NANCY, located a few kilometers from Quang Tri City, was built by the 1st Cavalry Division around the beginning of 1968 as part of the US build-up of forces in Quang Tri Province. By mid-August 1968 LZ NANCY was home to artillery and engineer units as well as infantrymen.

On the night of 16 August LZ NANCY was attacked by NVA forces which penetrated the perimeter. While the NVA/VC withdrew before dawn, the bloody fight resulted in at least 20 "killed in action" among the LZ's defenders. They were

  • B Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SP4 John D. Strate, Alden, NY

  • D Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • CPL George R. Anderson, St Louis, MO
    • SGT Darrel E. Barnhouse, Richmond, CA
    • PFC David R. Boever, St Louis, MO
    • PFC John E. Cumbry, Kemp, TX
    • PFC Charles M. Hardy, Tempe, AZ (Bronze Star "V")
    • PFC Otis L. Hartry, Detroit, MI

  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
  • A Co, 14th Engineers
    • PFC Elliott L. De Cora, Wyeville, WI
    • SSG Jeppie J. Payne, Copper Hill, TN
    • PFC Joseph F. Ribeiro, Mineville, NY

  • HQ Btry, 1st Bn, 77th Artillery
    • PFC John L. Began, Elyria, OH

  • B Co, 8th Eng Bn
  • 630th Eng Co, 70th Engineers
    • PFC John P. Cook, La Grange, NY
    • SP4 Paul L. Huff, Pilot, VA
    • SGT Patrick L. Kortesmaki, Silver Bay, MN
    • PFC Thomas L. Mericantante, Solana Beach, CA
    • SP4 Robert M. Reynolds, Imperial, PA
    • SP4 Terry R. Zimmerman, Des Moines, IA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009