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HERMAN K DURRWACHTER JR

  • Wall Name:HERMAN K DURRWACHTER JR
  • Date of Birth:10/16/1928
  • Date of Casualty:1/13/1962
  • Home of Record:WILLIAMSPORT
  • County of Record:LYCOMING COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Line:1E, 4
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

THEODORE JAMES BERLETT

  • Wall Name:THEODORE J BERLETT
  • Date of Birth:8/5/1932
  • Date of Casualty:1/28/1962
  • Home of Record:PLATTSMOUTH
  • County of Record:CASS COUNTY
  • State:NE
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 5
  • Casualty Province:LZ

FRED MARTIN STEUER


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 5 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 6/10/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP6 Fred M. Steuer was a helicopter mechanic serving with the 93rd Transportation Company, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam (MAAGV), at Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, RVN. He had arrived in Vietnam on January 12, 1962. CAPT Herman K. Durrwachter Jr. was a Special Forces soldier assigned to Detachment A1-213 (Da Nang), 1st Special Forces Group, MAAGV. He was in Vietnam to reinforce two helicopter companies that had arrived in December 1961. He also arrived in Vietnam on the 12th. The next day, January 13, 1962, both soldiers were fatally injured by a grenade explosion when a "believed to be dummy grenade" was tossed into the MAAGV billet in which the two men were sitting. It exploded, killing them. Eight other men were wounded. A general court-martial later found MSGT Troy M. Dillinder, a veteran of 17 years Army service, guilty of negligent homicide for the deaths of Steuer and Durrwachter. During his trial, Dillinder claimed that he had disarmed a dummy grenade and darkened it with paint for identification. He told the court that before tossing the grenade he had twice checked it to make sure it was the one he disarmed. The court did not believe his defense attorney’s claim that Viet Cong agents had blackened a grenade in hopes of just such an accident. The prosecution also pointed out that Dillinder had thrown the actual dummy grenade onto the lap of a fellow soldier sitting in a truck earlier in the same day the tragedy occurred. The prosecutor called the two jokes in one day “incredible” for a man of Dillender’s experience. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “NCO Convicted In Grenade Deaths of 2 in Vietnam.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, March 24, 1962]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP6 Fred Martin Steuer, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/19/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Fred is buried at Washington Baptist Church Cemetery in Elrod, Ripley Co, IN.
  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 1/13/07 - by Dave Avery averyds@carrollsweb.com
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Repos Dans La Paix
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/23/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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