HAROLD P DEGNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 60 OF THE WALL

HAROLD PAUL DEGNER

WALL NAME

HAROLD P DEGNER

PANEL / LINE

29W/60

DATE OF BIRTH

12/17/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/17/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ROUND TOP

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fayette County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HAROLD PAUL DEGNER
POSTED ON 4.25.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Harold Degner,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 4.27.2016
POSTED BY: Reba Frenzel

friend

Harold was the oldest of 7 children. His parents had a dairy farm and he was to run it when returning from the service. He came from a hard working God fearing family.
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POSTED ON 12.16.2015
POSTED BY: Janna Hoehn for Edward Degner

My Brother's Awards

My Brother rec'd the following medals for his service to his country.
The Bronze Star awarded for his exceptional service in the performance of his duties.
The Air Medal was awarded for participation in more than 25 flights over hostile, enemy environment.
The Purple Heart awarded as a result of wounds received in action
Good Conduct Medal
Prior to his death, Harold rec'd the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign ribbon, Combat Infantryman badge and the Expert Badge with Rifle.
Edward Degner
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POSTED ON 12.16.2015
POSTED BY: Janna Hoehn for Edward Degner

He was my Brother

Harold was six months short of his 11th birthday when in 1953, he moved with his Father to Walhalla, Fayette county Texas. A few months earlier, his parents had bought a farm there. He went along to keep his Father company and help get their meals made. The rest of the family stayed back home in Dickinson, Galvaston County, TX. His Father had to get the place ready to operate the dairy. A dairy barn and cow lot had to be built. The land had to be made ready for crops to be planted. Alot of the weekends they would travel back to Dickinson to see the rest of the family.
In June 1954, the whole family moved to the farm near Walhalla. Harold being the oldest, ws left in charge, whenever their parents were away.for a few hours. He would let us know who was "the Boss". Harold graduated from La Grange High School, La Grange, Texas in 1961. That fall he was off to college. He first attended Texas Lutheran College (Now Texas Lutheran University) in Seguin, Texas. due to a couple of his classes being dropped at TLC. Harold made the short move to San Marcos to attend Southwest Texas State College. (Now Texas State University). While in College, he worked at the college farm to hlep finance his education in agriculture. Harold also worked during the summer's to earn money for the next school year.
By 1967, with the Vietnam War going on and believing he would be drafted. Harold decided to join up. he felt it might be to his benefit. Harold enlisted on December 11, 1967 and went to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX for his basic training. He also rec'd training at Ft. Benning , GA, Ft. Polk, LA and Ft. Ord, CA. Harold had become an expert with his rifle and had advanced to the rank of Sgt.
Before leaving for Vietnam, Harold was on leave and spent time with his family and other relatives and friends. Then on Dec. 14, 1968, Sgt. Degner left for active duty in Vietnam.
While in Vietnam, he wrote home that he was respected and well liked by his squad. They referred to him as "Sgt. Harry".
On March 17, 1969 at 1:30 AM , Sgt. Degner was squad leader on a Forward Operation Base in war Zone "D" Republic of Vietnam. Sgt. Degner was mortally wounded by fragments from one of the rockets that was fired upon the squad.
A Memorial Service was conducted for Sgt. Degner at 1:30PM on March 19, 1969 at Landing Zone Laos, Republic of South Vietnam, by Chaplin James D. Back , 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary.
Harold received full military honors when he was buried on March 26, 1969 in the La Grange City Cemetery in La Grange, Fayette County, Texas.
Harold was not married was the son of Herbert and Oren (Moore) Degner. His siblings were Donald, Kenneth, Janice, Wayne, Lloyd, Edward and Lillian.
On Sept. 28, 1996, Harold along with his Grandfather Paul Degner, a Corporal in the Spanish-American War were honored with Legacy Stones at The Highground. The Highground is a Veterans memorial park near Neillsville, Wisconsin.
Harold is missed. His spirit continues to live in our hearts.
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POSTED ON 12.10.2013

Thank you

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