OTTO J DRAKEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 67 OF THE WALL

OTTO JAMES DRAKEN

WALL NAME

OTTO J DRAKEN

PANEL / LINE

12W/67

DATE OF BIRTH

12/12/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/01/1970

HOME OF RECORD

LAS VEGAS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clark County

STATE

NV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR OTTO JAMES DRAKEN
POSTED ON 12.12.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal Otto James Draken, Served with C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, First Field Force, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CPL Otto Draken,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Today is Flag Day. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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 5.19.2016
POSTED BY: LTC (RET) Michael Casciaro

1SG Tom (Top) Casciaro

My father, 1SG Tom Casciaro of C Troop, 2-1 CAV often remember Otto. He was there when he fell and ran across the compound under fire to recover his body, carrying him back to a bunker hoping he had survived and they could save him. It was his worse memory of the war and I know he felt survivor's guilt over that incident. It is a shining example of the impression Otto Draken left on him. Everyone greatly admired Otto and were all hit very hard with his loss. My father passed in 2006 due to illnesses related to Agent Orange, but whenever I go to DC for Rolling Thunder I make a point to touch Otto's name in remembrance of him, the impact he had on my father, and of my father himself. Thank you for your service and rest in peace.
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POSTED ON 11.20.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Otto James Draken, 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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POSTED ON 10.2.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sparks

Partial Obit from Las Vegas Review-Journal

Shortly before he was killed, Otto Draken extended his tour in Vietnam for three months to earn a bonus. Much of his Army pay was going to support his divorced mother, five sisters and younger brother, and the bonus money was to help send his mother to secretarial school, said his sister, LuDean Draken. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam in September 1969 and was assigned as an armored personnel carrier crewman with Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry.
In the early-morning hours of April 1, Draken was on guard duty when mortars and rockets began raining on the troop's compound, followed by an attack by Viet Cong infantry. Draken ran through a hail of bullets and mortar explosions, jumped atop his personnel carrier and began firing the .50-caliber machine gun. He was killed when a mortar shell scored a direct hit on the vehicle.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Date: 05/29/1995
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