DAVID A HAEFNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 55E, LINE 16 OF THE WALL

DAVID ALLEN HAEFNER

WALL NAME

DAVID A HAEFNER

PANEL / LINE

55E/16

DATE OF BIRTH

10/30/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/05/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NORTH MANKATO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nicollet County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ALLEN HAEFNER
POSTED ON 1.18.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor David.
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POSTED ON 12.15.2015
POSTED BY: John M. McGraw

A Hard Day

Dave and I went all through grade school and high school together. My wife and I were with Dave that last day in-country before his leaving from Mpls/St. Paul airport for Vietnam. I regret I did not write him more often, we rec'd a letter from him 2 weeks after we found out he had been KIA May 5. I was drafted 20 months later and spent 390 days as an infantryman in Vietnam and I know the hell first-hand he experienced. The pain of his death does not abate.
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POSTED ON 12.23.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

LZ Peanuts

Landing Zone Peanuts was located near Lang Vei, west of Khe Sanh, in what had to be called "Indian Country". In early May 1968 North Vietnamese Army regulars attacked the fire base at LZ Peanuts. Eleven men died in the fighting on 05 May 1968:

A Company, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry
SSG Carlyle Guenther, Garfield, MN
PFC Morris L. Fleming, New York, NY
PFC Lenwood T. Harrell, Waterbury, CT

B Company, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry
SP4 Craig C. Walters, Tucson, AZ

A Battery, 1st Bn, 77th Arty
SGT Eddie E. Chervony, Los Angeles, CA (Dist Svc Cross)
SGT Jerry R. Dundas, Oak Park, MI
CPL David A. Haefner, North Mankato, MN
CPL Michael M. Montgomery, Visalia, CA
CPL Milton P. Potier, Gueydan, LA
PFC Gerald L. Johnson, Sheridan, IN
PFC Lloyd Lockett, Centerville, LA
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POSTED ON 5.3.2014
POSTED BY: John M. McGraw, Vietnam Infantry Vet

2014, 46 yr's Later

May 5, 1968, It has been 46 yr's since your death in Vietnam.

I remember learning of it about 4-5 days after it actually happened, in those days it took the US Army a few days to make sure they had everything together before notifying the family. I remember coming home from "college finals" and my Mother greeting me right at the front door with the news of your death. I could only recall the last time I saw you, along with Ken Jenson, Marlene Wilson, Sally and myself as we saw you off on the plane to Vietnam. Yet to this day I recall that gloomy winter day drive to the Twin Cities, none of knowing it would be the last time we ever saw you again.

As sad as it is remembering your death, I still remember well all our years together from 1st grade on right through High School and into college. We had great times, all of us dating together, fishing, hunting, partying. It may have been short but it was as good as it gets.

Looking back I still have trouble understanding how this country permitted the War to continue and ultimately lose 58,000 men & women. Today some say having a draft would have ended the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq, what foolishness, it didn't end a war 40 yr's ago why would it now. When we get into a war we can't figure out how to disengage. Best policy is not to get in a War ever again, Ever! None of the wars since WWII have made our country any safer or better off.
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POSTED ON 11.27.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL David Allen Haefner, 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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