DEREK B POPE
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HONORED ON PANEL 9E, LINE 116 OF THE WALL

DEREK BOYD POPE

WALL NAME

DEREK B POPE

PANEL / LINE

9E/116

DATE OF BIRTH

03/11/1932

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/08/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ALAMEDA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Alameda County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR DEREK BOYD POPE
POSTED ON 6.3.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Derek Pope, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Memorial Day just passed when our nation remembers your sacrifice. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.11.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Derek Boyd Pope, Served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 7.2.2017

Final Mission of SP4 Derek B. Pope

On August 2, 1966, Operation Paul Revere II was a continuing mission, beginning in May 1966, to interdict North Vietnamese Army (NVA) infiltration and supply routes in the Pleiku and Kontum Provinces. From August 2nd to 7th, efforts centered on finding the enemy. The NVA was reportedly in the area, but most of the sightings and contacts were of individuals and small groups. Nevertheless, shortly after noon on August 8th, A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, made contact with a large enemy force near Landing Zone Juliet. The 3rd Platoon was on point and made the initial contact. They aggressively pursued and were immediately hit by several enemy heavy and light machine guns, cutting them off from the rest of the company. Most of 3rd Platoon was able to exfiltrate back to the A Company perimeter where the company found itself under very heavy attack. The Americans at Juliet withstood mass assaults for several hours. An attempt to encircle the company was beaten back by heavy artillery and Tactical Air Support. Cannon fire from Charlie Battery, Division Artillery delivered 1408 high-explosive rounds in two hours, which reportedly eliminated 98 enemy combatants. When the roar of helicopters from two companies from the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, was heard arriving to reinforce LZ Juliet, the frightened enemy broke contact, leaving 106 of their dead. He was pursued until contact was lost after dark. The United States paid a high price in the engagement: 25 dead and 36 more wounded. The lost troopers included SP4 Clifton E. Bennett, SP4 Judge Burroughs Jr., PFC Orrie J. Buskey, PFC Brian J. Clune, PSGT Melvin F. Floyd, PFC Charles R. Greene, PFC David C. Hampton, SSGT Martis L. Haynes, PFC Douglas W. Jones, PFC George E. Matuscsak, PFC Mark E. Parker, SP4 Derek B. Pope, PFC Richard W. Power, SP4 Charles R. Powers, SP4 Richard W. Roy, SP4 Donald A. Sherrod, PFC John H. Shetters, PFC Frederick Stafford, PFC Bradley H. Tate, PFC David L. Thorpe, PFC Jack A. Welch, PFC Donald L. Corbin, SP4 John J. Kolz, PFC Alfredo Ostolaza-Maldonado, and SMAJ Richard A. Schaaf. [Taken from virtualwall.org, first-team.us, 1st Air Cavalry Division: Memoirs of the First Team, Vietnam, August 1965-December 1969]
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POSTED ON 8.7.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Derek Boyd Pope, 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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POSTED ON 9.4.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Derek is buried at Golden Gate Nat Cem.
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