DALLAS LAWSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 89 OF THE WALL

DALLAS LAWSON

WALL NAME

DALLAS LAWSON

PANEL / LINE

1E/89

DATE OF BIRTH

08/14/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/10/1965

HOME OF RECORD

NASHVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Davidson County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DALLAS LAWSON
POSTED ON 2.6.2024

Attack on the Viet Cuong Hotel - February 10, 1965

On the evening of February 10, 1965, the bachelor’s enlisted men’s quarters for the 140th Transportation Detachment (Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenance) at the Viet Cuong Hotel in Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, was the target of a Viet Cong (VC) terrorist attack. At 8:05 PM, two VC killed the South Vietnamese guards posted outside the building enabling two more VC to place satchel charges at the main door. A 100-pound plastic charge destroyed the central staircase supporting the hotel. Lacking reinforced concrete or reinforcing bars, the four-story building immediately crumbled into a pile of rubble 30 feet high. Forty-three men were in their rooms or the bar on the ground floor when the blast occurred. Effective rescue operations were delayed until dawn after the VC took out the local power station causing a blackout. Without proper equipment, recovery of the trapped enlisted men moved slowly. Rescuers dug for eight straight hours while trapped men cried out for their mothers, putting some rescuers in tears while searching for them. One rescuer was awarded the Silver Star medal for risking his life crawling through the twisted wreckage as it shifted and settled. It took 35 hours before the last trapped American was taken out alive. A total of 23 GI’s were killed. All but one belonged to the 140th Transportation Detachment. The other was a Green Beret whose remains took six days to find. Special Forces Staff Sergeant Merle O. Van Alstine, on his third tour of Vietnam, was in the bar when the attack occurred. He reportedly engaged two VC on a motorbike with his sidearm seconds before the explosion. In addition, seven South Vietnamese women and children were killed by the explosion. The lost U.S. personnel included SP5 James B. Alexander Jr., SP5 Everett L. Anderson, PFC Paul E. Bays, SP4 Tommy J. Belcher, PFC Robert J. Betz, SP5 David N. Clayton, SP5 Clarence L Coleman, PFC Delmer L. Ferris, SP5 Glenn H. Kelley, PFC Dallas Lawson, PFC Larry B. McClanahan, SP5 Robert S Mosier, PFC Walter L. Rickard, SP5 Harry E. Rowley, SP5 Ernest M. Schultz, PFC Peter A. Semmer (died of injuries 02/11/1965), SP4 Robert L. Simon, SP4 Harry L. Summers, SSG Francis J. Valkos, SSG Merle O. Van Alstine, PVT Melvin L. Waters, SP4 Lavon S. Wilson, and PFC Floyd Wynn. All 21 of the surviving 140th members required evacuation stateside for their injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and a VFW Magazine article by Richard Fournier (February 2015)]
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POSTED ON 4.15.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

We Will Remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 8.28.2022
POSTED BY: Harold Lawson

In Memory of My Brother Dallas "Owen"

Owen, you are very much with me after losing you 57 years ago. I speak of you often with fond memories and of the good times that we shared growing up on our family farm. We always say with a smile "what would Owen say" regardless of the topic. We are sad and proud that you paid the ultimate price for our country. Until we meet again, your brother, Harold.
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POSTED ON 8.27.2022
POSTED BY: Ernestine Lawson Stanfield

In Memory of My Little Brother

Although you have been gone for 57 years, I only have to close my eyes and I can see you so vividly in my kitchen in Leasburg, NC, leaning against the counter, arms folded and legs crossed at the ankles, telling me that you were going into the military. I prayed that you would not be sent to Viet Nam. As God would have it, you did go to Viet Nam and you wrote me many letters, and sent pictures. But that cold, grim , day in February, 1965 when we learned that you were killed in the bombing of the hotel will always remain with our family. A place is vacant in our home that can never be filled. We miss you so much. Rest In Peace. Your sister,
Ernestine “Teen “
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POSTED ON 3.19.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Dallas Lawson, Thank you for your service as an Aircraft Power Train Repairman. I researched you on your 55th anniversary, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. For many of us, we have begun Lent. 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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