BRADLEY W KLUKAS
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HONORED ON PANEL 21W, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

BRADLEY WILFRED KLUKAS

WALL NAME

BRADLEY W KLUKAS

PANEL / LINE

21W/102

DATE OF BIRTH

11/08/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/11/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WINTHROP

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sibley County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BRADLEY WILFRED KLUKAS
POSTED ON 3.16.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Remember to save for them a place inside of you, and save one backward glance when you are leaving, for the places they can no longer go...
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POSTED ON 1.5.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Bradley Klukas, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the 12th Day of Christmas, Merry Christmas and happy New Year in heaven. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.11.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. You gave everything you had to give. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 4.18.2018

Final Mission of PFC Bradley W. Klukas

On the morning of July 11, 1969, paratroopers from the 506th Infantry began the task to take Hill 996 in the A Shau Valley from the North Vietnamese Army after the NVA had seized control of the area. The mission was mounted in an effort to thwart a summer offensive by the NVA. Before assaulting the hill, the paratroopers were told that there would be no artillery preparation or support, no gunship or Aerial Rocket Artillery support, and no tactical air support in the initial attack. The terrain on Hill 996 was very steep, mountainous, and heavily vegetated, causing problems with radio transmissions. The paratroopers moved out in a hard rain toward their objective. Two battalion RTO's were killed early in the assault, causing an early loss of radio communications which proved unexpected and devastating. One radio-telephone operator from Delta 1/506, SP4 George H. Fry, gave up his life in order to restore both the Company and Battalion radio nets. SP4 Fry was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. LTC Arnold C. Hayward took command of the battle and his headquarters group was with him and Delta Company's 1st Platoon when they were caught in a saddle on the hill. They were receiving heavy fire from the bunkers on the hill and to their flank while the NVA were also coming up behind their position. Hayward, his RTO, and a Forward Observer were wounded by a blast of AK-47 fire. During the battle there were many individual acts of heroism which blended into a total team effort to gain control over the situation. Medic PFC Larry Motley’s aid bag was found with 22 holes in it. PFC Claudie Fowler was cut down while attempting to pull a fallen comrade to safety. The paratroopers never gave up and they took the hill. Twenty paratroopers were lost in the battle for Hill 996. They included CPL Elbert J. Baker Jr., SGT Norman H. Bloomfield, PFC Mark L. Bruner, CPL Richard T. Corriveau, CPL Thomas P. Fenush, CPL Curtiss Fernhoff, PFC Claudie Fowler, SP4 George H. Fry (Silver Star), PFC Alan G. Geissinger, SP4 Joe R. Glassburn, LTC Arnold C. Hayward, PFC Bradley W. Klukas, PFC Larry K. Motley, CPL Marvin K. Richardson, PFC Michael F. Rogers, SSGT Byron D. Stewart, PFC George B. Tear, PFC Allan C. Thibou, 2LT Dan B. Yarbrough, and PFC Russell C. Yost. Another 26 men were wounded in the engagement. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 12.14.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, St. Cloud, Minnesota & Herb Reckinger Jr., Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Photo remembrance of Bradley Wilfred Klukas

Photo and information was taken from the historic book “THE FACES BEHIND THE NAMES - The Vietnam War” with the permission of author Don Ward. Acknowledgement and a thank you go to Mr. Ward and Bradley’s family.

Bradley, it is with great humility, pride and honor that Herb and I post this remembrance for you and upload your photo so that your memory and the sacrifice you made for your country will never be forgotten and to ensure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many after all these years. Thank you Bradley for being who you were and for all you did. We live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you that answered the call to duty.

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 Bradley.
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