DAVID L DROUGHT
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HONORED ON PANEL 33E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

DAVID LEE DROUGHT

WALL NAME

DAVID L DROUGHT

PANEL / LINE

33E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

01/12/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHOUC TUY

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/31/1967

HOME OF RECORD

JANESVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Rock County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID LEE DROUGHT
POSTED ON 12.8.2020

Final Mission of SGT David L. Drought

On December 31, 1967, C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division was conducting a routine tactical road march from Blackhorse Base Camp in Phuoc Tuy Province, RVN, thirty-six miles south to Vung Tau to conduct a road security mission. Two platoons of armored vehicles moved out at 3:00 AM on Highway QL-2 for a planned rendezvous with a convoy they were to escort back to Blackhorse. Each platoon consisted of a M48A3 Patton tank and M113 armored cavalry assault vehicles (ACAV’s) accompanied by command and maintenance vehicles. The tanks led the way, intermittently using driving lights and searchlights to illuminate and observe along the sides of the road. About five miles south of Blackhorse, as the last vehicle, a mortar carrier, leveled off over a slight rise on a straight section of QL-2, the tank at the front of the column was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), killing the driver and stopping the tank. An ambush was sprung along the entire length of the column as a hail of RPG’s quickly set afire the leading vehicles while intense small arms fire killed most of the men riding atop vehicles. The trailing mortar carrier was hit by a command detonated mine, exploding mortar ammunition and destroying the vehicle. The second tank was also hit by an RPG round, ran off the road, blew up, and burned. The surprise was so complete that no organized fire was returned. When individual vehicles attempted to return fire, the enemy concentrated fire on that one vehicle until it stopped firing. Within ten minutes, the fight was over. The results were devastating. At daybreak, the battered and burned hulks lay scatted along the road. Of eleven vehicles, four ACAV’s and one tank were destroyed, and three ACAV’s and one tank were severely damaged. The two platoons suffered forty-two casualties, including thirteen killed. They included PFC James A. Blankenship, SP4 Dickey Chamblee, SGT David L. Drought, SGT Joseph L. Farmer, PFC Henry M. Hale, PFC Patrick L. Hall (died of wounds 01/11/1968), SP4 Gary O. Hedin (died of wounds 01/10/1968) SP4 Cecil B. Jones Jr., PFC Moses J. Lewis (posthumously promoted to Corporal), PFC Ernest D. Marcum, PFC Robert E. Murphy Jr. (died of wounds 01/01/1968), PFC Jose Santana Jr. (posthumously promoted to Corporal), and PFC James E. Thompson. No enemy were reported killed or wounded. [Taken from virtual wall.org and “Mounted Combat in Vietnam” by Donn A. Starry]
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POSTED ON 11.8.2019
POSTED BY: Liana oechsle

My uncle

Thank you for your service and protection. I never got to meet you but I heard so many stories from my mom/your sister Phyllis. I know you look down on all of us still here from heaven. Hug the rest of the family for me.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt David Drought,
Thank you for your service as an Armor Crewman. Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. 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 1.12.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant David Lee Drought, Served with C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
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POSTED ON 12.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT David Lee Drought, 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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