DANIEL L AULT
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POSTED ON 1.18.2005
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney
Daily Intelligencer Journal - August 16, 1968
Pfc. Daniel Ault, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zook, 28 W. Main St., Mountville, died last Saturday of wounds received during an accidental stafing of U.S. soldiers by American aircraft in the A Shau Valley in the northern sector of South Vietnam.
A native of Columbia, Ault entered the Army last October and had been in Vietnam since May as a fire team leader and point man with the 101st Airborne Division.
In a telegram from Adjutant General Kenneth W. Wickham, Washington, D.C., the Zooks were told:
"The secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, Pfc. Daniel Ault, died in Vietnam on August 10, 1968, as a result of wounds received while on combat operation when hit by fragments from friendly air strike which was directed at a hostile force.
"Please accept my deepest sympathy. This confirms personal notification made by a representative of the secretary of the Army."
Pfc. Ault was one of eight Americans killed in the strafing. Fifty others were wounded by rockets and cannon fire when a plane, providing air support to units of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, fired its cannon and four rounds in the vicinity of the U.S. unit near Ta Bat, an abondoned outpost 375 miles northeast of Saigon.
Last Sunday, Pfc. Ault's unit swept into the valley in efforts to disrupt Communist supply lines and infiltration from Laos.
Contact with the enemy had been light and the accidental strafing claimed more U.S. lives than did scattered encounters with the enemy during four days of the operation, according to U.S. Headquarters in Saigon.
Pfc. Ault attended Hempfield High School and prior to entering the service had worked for Super Shoe Store in Lancaster. He receeived his basic and advanced infantry and paratroop training at Ft. Benning and Ft. Gordon, Georgia.
He was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, Mountville and the York Skydivers Club.
Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Vanessa; Three brothers, Barry, Ronald and George, all at home; paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Ault, Conestoga R1, and a maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ella Warner, Columbia.
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