DRUEY L HATFIELD
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 86 OF THE WALL

DRUEY LEE HATFIELD

WALL NAME

DRUEY L HATFIELD

PANEL / LINE

4W/86

DATE OF BIRTH

08/02/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/28/1971

HOME OF RECORD

LORADO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Logan County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DRUEY LEE HATFIELD
POSTED ON 4.18.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Druey Hatfield,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. I did the research on you on your 48th anniversary, sad. It is Holy Thursday. 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 12.2.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on FSB Mary Ann – March 28, 1971

In the fog-shrouded early morning hours of March 28, 1971, fifty members of a specially trained North Vietnamese Army assault force, their bodies covered with charcoal dust and grease that made them almost invisible in the dark, quietly approached Fire Support Base Mary Ann, a small U.S. Army encampment in the northern part of Vietnam in Quang Tin Province. The remote outpost with about 30 buildings, including bunkers and sleeping quarters, was defended by 231 Americans of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry (Americal) Division, along with 22 South Vietnamese soldiers. The garrison had become lax about basic security measures, partly because of infrequent contact with the enemy. The intruders, from the 2nd Company of the 409th NVA Main Force Sapper Battalion, crouched low in three- and six-man teams, silently slipped through the barbed wire that marked the firebase’s outer defenses. Under an umbrella of NVA mortar fire, the sappers raced through the compound tossing gas grenades and canvas satchels loaded with explosives. They then directed automatic weapons fire at the demolished or burning targets. The infiltrators hit the battalion tactical operations center and C Company’s command bunker, killing CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., the company’s leader. Grunts were shot down trying to escape their quarters or buried alive when enemy explosives were hurled into their hooches. The base “was a shambles…with things burning all over the place,” wrote the Americal commander in a letter to his family. After one hour of close-quarter combat, 30 Americans were dead and 82 wounded. A count of the enemy dead showed 15 NVA bodies in and around the camp. The lost Americans included SP4 Larry D. Austin, SGT Michael J. Bayne, SGT Ronald J. Becksted, CPL Donald C. Bennett, SP4 Victor R. Bennett Jr., SGT Richard J. Boehm, SGT Richard R. Carson, SGT Clifford W. Corr, SGT Michael L. Crossley, PFC Wilbert S. Dupree Jr., SP4 James E. Edgemon, SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, CPL Druey L. Hatfield, 1LT John L. Hogan, CPL Michael S. Holloway, SGT Myron B. Johnson, CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., 1LT Carl B. McGee, SGT Larry W. McKee, PFC Laymon Palmer, PVT Steven D. Plath, SSG Terry H. Price, SSG Warren P. Ritsema, CPL Dallas D. Robinson, SGT Robert J. Schumacher, PFC Clark V. Shawnee, CPL Paul A. Sheer, SP4 Donald M. Stotts, and SP4 Roger D. Whirlow. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Sapper Attack: The Elite North Vietnamese Units,” Vietnam Magazine, February 2017]
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POSTED ON 6.3.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal Druey Lee Hatfield, Served with the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division. Montani Semper Liberi !
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POSTED ON 10.22.2015
POSTED BY: Norma Bragg

Brother

My only Brother, I miss that smile, the jokes you always came up with. Your handsome face.
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POSTED ON 3.28.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Druey Lee Hatfield, 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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