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PETER MICHAEL COLEMAN

  • Wall Name:PETER M COLEMAN
  • Date of Birth:10/26/1944
  • Date of Casualty:1/31/1968
  • Home of Record:EBENSBURG
  • County of Record:CAMBRIA COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:36E, 3
  • Casualty Province:PHONG DINH

RICHARD CONNOLLY

  • Wall Name:RICHARD CONNOLLY
  • Date of Birth:12/16/1946
  • Date of Casualty:1/31/1968
  • Home of Record:NABNASSET
  • County of Record:MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • State:MA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP5
  • Panel/Line:36E, 3
  • Casualty Province:GIA DINH

EUGENE JOSEPH CONNER


is honored on Panel 36E, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/30/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Major Eugene Joseph Conner, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Distinguished Service Cross

    Posted on 1/31/13 - by A Vietnam Vet.

    Distinguished Service Cross


    Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War



    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major (Field Artillery) Eugene Joseph Conner (ASN: 0-4009459), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Advisory Team 100, Capital Military District Advisory Detachment, United States Army Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Major Conner distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 while serving as a member of an advisory team during enemy attacks on Saigon. When he was informed that a truck carrying twenty military policemen had been savagely ambushed in an alley in Gia Dinh and all of the soldiers had been killed or wounded, Major Conner immediately moved to the battle site and volunteered to assist in rescuing the trapped victims. The Viet Cong were firmly entrenched in buildings along the alley and had set up a fierce crossfire with rockets and automatic weapons. Completely disregarding his personal safety, Major Conner led a small party through the curtain of fire to reach the trapped men. Ignoring bullets striking all around him, he helped carry the wounded men to safety and then volunteered to lead a sweeping force to clear the hostile positions. Intense enemy fire erupted from a nearby building and stalled the advance of the friendly troops, so Major Conner and one other man fearlessly charged the fortifications alone. As he neared the building, he was instantly killed by a Viet Cong rocket. His gallant and fearless leadership in the face of great odds was responsible for saving several lives and inspired his men to fight furiously in the heat of battle. Major Conner's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.



    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 737 (February 19, 1968)



    Action Date: 31-Jan-68



    Service: Army



    Rank: Major



    Company: Advisory Team 100



    Regiment: Capital Military District Advisory Detachment



    Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/27/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Eugene is buried at Roseland Park Cemetery, Hattiesburg,MS. DSC PH
  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

    Posted on 4/6/10 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    MAJOR



    EUGENE JOSEPH CONNER





    who was serving with





    Advisory Team 100



    Capital Military District Advisory Detachment



    United States Army Advisory Group



    United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam





    became a posthumous recipient of the





    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



    BRONZE STAR MEDAL



    ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL



    PURPLE HEART



    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL



    VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL



    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

    CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL











    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE







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    CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE



    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS





    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Eugene Joseph Conner, Major ( Artillery ), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Advisory Team 100, Capital Military District Advisory Detachment, United States Army Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Major Conner distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 while serving as a member of an advisory team during enemy attacks on Saigon. When he was informed that a truck carrying twenty military policemen had been savagely ambushed in an alley in Gia Dinh and all of the soldiers had been killed or wounded, Major Conner immediately moved to the battle site and volunteered to assist in rescuing the trapped victims. The Viet Cong were firmly entrenched in buildings along the alley and had set up a fierce crossfire with rockets and automatic weapons. Completely disregarding his personal safety, Major Conner led a small party through the curtain of fire to reach the trapped men. Ignoring bullets striking all around him, he helped carry the wounded men to safety and then volunteered to lead a sweeping force to clear the hostile positions. Intense enemy fire erupted from a nearby building and stalled the advance of the friendly troops, so Major Conner and one other man fearlessly charged the fortifications alone. As he neared the building, he was instantly killed by a Viet Cong rocket. His gallant and fearless leadership in the face of great odds was responsible for saving several lives and inspired his men to fight furiously in the heat of battle. Major Conner's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.







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    REMEMBRANCE















    MAJOR EUGENE JOSEPH CONNER



    WAS NAMED TO THE



    OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL



    HALL OF FAME



    IN CLASS 44 OF 1953















    21 JULY 1999






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  • Distinguished Service Cross Field Artillery OCS Class 44-53 Fort Sill Oklahoma

    Posted on 1/7/10 - by Randy Dunham faocsalumni@sbcglobal.net

    Major Conner was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism.

    When a truck carrying twenty soldiers was ambushed and all aboard were killed or wounded, he immediately led a small party through a fierce crossfire of rockets and automatic weapons fire to reach the trapped men and carry them to safety. He then volunteered to lead a sweeping force to clear the hostile positions. Intense enemy fire erupted from a nearby building and stalled the advance of the friendly troops, so Major Conner and one other man fearlessly charged the fortifications alone. As he neared the building, he was instantly killed by a Viet Cong rocket.

     

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