JEFFREY W HAERLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 59E, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

JEFFREY WILLIAM HAERLE

WALL NAME

JEFFREY W HAERLE

PANEL / LINE

59E/22

DATE OF BIRTH

05/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MINNEAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JEFFREY WILLIAM HAERLE
POSTED ON 9.12.2019
POSTED BY: Sue Mahler (nee Sadloske)

Never Forgotten

Jeff was my next door neighbor and classmate growing up. Jeff was kind, thoughtful, a little shy, but demonstrated good values and was very patriotic. I will never forget him or his sacrifice. Thank you, Jeff, for being you and for giving so much.
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POSTED ON 2.28.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Jeffrey Haerle,
Thank you for your service with the 509th ASA Group. The war was years ago, but we all need 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 11.9.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on Nui Ba Den – May 13, 1968

Attack on Nui Ba Den – May 13, 1968
On May 13, 1968, a U.S. military communications relay facility on the 3000-foot of summit of Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, was attacked by a Viet Cong force using 82mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and satchel charges. The base was occupied by over 140 American personnel from numerous 25th Infantry Division and non-divisional units which were under one administration as D Company (Provisional), 125th Signal Battalion. The main unit atop Nui Ba Den was the 372nd Radio Relay Unit (RRU) out of Sobe, Okinawa, a special section of the American Security Agency. The attacking force was successful in breaching the perimeter of the mountaintop compound and destroyed all of the buildings on the two-acre camp built among rocks and boulders. Twenty-two Americans were killed in the attack, and one person went missing. The assault on the camp began at 9:45 PM with a combined 82mm mortar and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) barrage. U.S. personnel from the manned bunkers opened fire on the advancing enemy force, but the mortars and RPG’s destroyed several of the bunkers allowing the Viet Cong to pour into the camp. Many of the U.S. personnel displaced by the destroyed bunkers sought safety outside the camp’s perimeter in the rocks. The enemy secured a helicopter pad as a Command Post and mortar location, then split into groups at approximately 10:00 PM. A large group moved west up the hill behind a barrage laid down by the mortar crew on the helicopter pad. A smaller force continued along the south perimeter of the mountain, securing bunkers 11, 12, and 13. As each bunker was approached, the enemy threw satchel charges or hand grenades into the doorways. The personnel in each bunker manned their positions till they were forced to evacuate. The enemy spread out and placed satchel charges in the operations building and the officer’s quarters, destroying them and all the other buildings on the mountain. A lone radio operator was able to direct supporting forces which came to assist the besieged Americans. U.S. Air Force C-47 gunships and flare ships combined with UH-1C helicopter gunships provided fire and illumination during attack. By 2:30 AM, the enemy had left Nui Ba Den. No medical evacuations of survivors were possible until morning due to rain, fog, and gusting winds. The lost U.S. personnel included SP4 John A. Anderson, SGT Joseph Adams, SP4 Ralph R. Black, SGT Fernando Calle-Zuluaga, CPT George Coleman, PFC Samuel G. Connelly, SP4 Moses J. Cousin, SP4 Albert E. Dahl, CPT Arthur L. Davis, SP4 James A. Davis, SP4 Gary J. Gilin, SP4 Jeffrey W. Haerle, SP4 Paul R. Hoag Jr., SP4 Michael J. Juneau, SP4 Paul R. Lozano, SP4 Frank J. Makuh, PFC John P. McGonigal Jr., SGT Timothy J. Noden, SSG Ray W. Owen, SSG Harold A. Stone, 2LT Thomas N. Teague, and SSG Bobby C. Wood. PFC Donald G. Smith, who had been reported missing, was captured during the attack held for 243 day before he was released on January 1, 1969. Twenty-five Viet Cong were reportedly killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and manchu.org/country/Nui_Ba_Den]
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POSTED ON 5.4.2017
POSTED BY: George Brox

Never forgotten

I was fortunate to serve with Jeff on Okinawa at Torii Station. He was a quiet and good friend. I wished him a safe return the day he left. Rest in peace Jeff, you were a brave and true friend.
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POSTED ON 8.27.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Jeffrey William Haerle, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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