STEVE POHANCEK
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 6 OF THE WALL

STEVE POHANCEK

WALL NAME

STEVE POHANCEK

PANEL / LINE

5W/6

DATE OF BIRTH

01/01/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/24/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CHICAGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEVE POHANCEK
POSTED ON 1.1.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

SP4 Steve Pohancek is buried at Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum , Evergreen Park, IL, Cook County, SEC.AM Lot 573, Grave W3.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.15.2017
POSTED BY: John richard

Great guy!

Recently found out about incident.I served with Steve from 4/70 to11/70 he was a great guy.Steve wanted to serve his country and get home to his family and friends.true hero!!
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POSTED ON 9.1.2016

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

On December 24, 1970, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, moved off of FSB Bastogne for FSB Security in preparation for the 1970 Christmas cease fire. The battalion day report for December 24th shows that Bravo Company had also redeployed off the FSB to the southeast of Alpha Company. The relocation took place late in the day and the company quickly set up their night defense targets (Delta Tangos) coordinates before the 6:00 PM start of the 24 hour cease fire. At approximately 5:15 PM, a single friendly round of high explosive crashed into A Company’s 2nd Platoon position where 19 soldiers had set up their night defensive position. Nine were killed and at least nine others were severely wounded. Medivacs were called in and the wounded were taken to the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai. Three more soldiers would later succumb to their wounds, making the total 12 killed. Only one soldier was spared physically injury from the shrapnel, protected by a tree stump he was sitting behind when the round hit. The nine soldiers killed in the immediate aftermath of the blast were SP4 Paul J. D'Amato Jr., SP4 Gregory W. Felker, SP4 Larry Heen, CPL Calvin D. Mack, SP4 Thomas G. Noble, SGT Michael R. Nugent, CPL Vern E. Odom, CPL Wesley L. Phillips, and SP4 Steve Pohancek. The three other lost members of the platoon were SP4 Anthony A. Brese (died on December 26th), CPL Kenneth W. Griffin (died on the 28th), and CPL Jaime Laboy (died January 8, 1971). [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 327infantry.org]
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POSTED ON 4.11.2015
POSTED BY: Clarence Kurdts

Best friend

Steve was my neighbor, schoolmate, good friend and protector. It took me years to come to grips with his passing. He was an exceptional human being. He was as honest as a person can be. He was a brother. After all these years this is still a very emotional issue for me. I have yet to experience anyone with a heart as big as his. God bless his soul.
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Steve Pohancek, 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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