HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 113 OF THE WALL

FRANZ GERHARD PREDIGER

WALL NAME

FRANZ G PREDIGER

PANEL / LINE

8E/113

DATE OF BIRTH

10/21/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1966

HOME OF RECORD

LONG BEACH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR FRANZ GERHARD PREDIGER
POSTED ON 6.15.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Franz Prediger, Thank you for your service as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist. Your 55th anniversary is soon, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. 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 11.1.2019
POSTED BY: Jessica McBride

Pictured front right

Per a translation by an Icelandic speaker, Franz Gerhard Prediger is pictured in the attached photo on the left with his bride and he is also pictured in the "front right" of the middle photo. The third photo in this Icelandic newspaper that no longer exists shows his funeral in Mannheim, Germany.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2019
POSTED BY: Jessica McBride

Remembering Franz Gerhard Prediger

This article (in Icelandic) also recalls the life and funeral (in Mannheim, Germany) of Franz Gerhard Prediger. Rest in peace, sir. http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?pageId=2810614
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POSTED ON 10.31.2019
POSTED BY: Jessica McBride

German citizen who was an immigrant to the US.

Franz Gerhard Prediger is described in this article as a painter who immigrated to the United States was Germany. He joined the US Army voluntarily and was still a German citizen when he died in Vietnam. He is buried in Mannheim, Germany. Here is an article, in German, that describes his life and funeral. He left behind a young wife named Edeltraud. Rest in peace, Franz G. Prediger. https://www.zeit.de/1966/30/gefallen-in-vietnam
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POSTED ON 3.18.2019

Battle of Srok Dong – June 30, 1966

On June 30, 1966, two units of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division were conducting an operation to secure the “Big Red One’s” (1st Infantry Division) forward base at Quan Loi and the Hon Quan airfield. It was part of an operation dubbed El Paso II. The mission was more or less a reconnaissance-in-force along portions of National Highway 13 north of the bridge at Cam Le above An Loc. Because the bridge was largely destroyed, it was necessary to escort engineers to make repairs to the structure. B Troop of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry—nicknamed the “Quarter horse”—was assigned escort duty. Attached was the 1st Platoon of C Company. Ultimately, the troopers would be supported by three full companies (A, B and C) of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, known as the “Spartans.” The terrain along Highway 13 was a mix of dense jungle, tree lines, chest-high grass and rice paddies. Near the hamlet of Srok Dong, due north of An Loc, the Viet Cong (VC) had constructed a bulwark of piled logs. It was close to the intersection of Highway 13 and Route 17, an ideal location for an L-shaped ambush. The VC had been ordered to “lay a mobile ambush” of convoys passing by there. That task was taken up by the 271st VC (Main Force) Regiment of the 9th VC Division. At 9:40 AM, B Troop was hit by recoilless-rifle and machine-gun fire while crossing a rice paddy. Within the first 30 minutes, all of its four M48 Patton tanks were disabled. Accompanying armored personnel carriers (APCs) responded with .50-caliber fire. APCs of C Troop carrying infantrymen atop them arrived quickly, only to be greeted by a rain of mortar shells. Its 1st Platoon countered with a mechanical flamethrower. The armored cavalrymen put up a protective shield around the besieged B Troop. Heavy fire support was quick on the scene. B and D batteries of the 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery, based at Hon Quan, fired 825 rounds over the course of combat. Airplanes, UH-1B Huey helicopters and CH-47 Chinooks (“Guns-A-Go-Go”) from the 11th Aviation Battalion provided an aerial arsenal. All told, the aircraft launched 88 close tactical air strikes. By noon, the remainder of A Company was flown in by helicopter. C Company also joined the fray. B Company arrived about the time the VC were leaving the battlefield. By 3:30 p.m., the VC had mostly broken off contact. C Troop moved to Checkpoint One and assisted B Troop in evacuating the wounded and suppressing enemy fire. One armor recon soldier of C Troop, SGT Donald R. Long, carried wounded to the helicopters and provided much-needed supplies under intense fire. Repelling the VC as they attempted to mount his APC, Long helped a severely wounded crew member to safety. When a grenade landed on the carrier deck, “he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of eight of his comrades at the expense of his own life,” according to his Medal of Honor citation. But eight other C troopers were killed along with three from B Troop. C Company lost five men killed and Headquarters Company counted one dead, a cook, PFC Earl Smith. The total tally for June 30 was seventeen GIs KIA and 66 WIA. The lost Americans included SGT Roy D. Baily, SP4 David E. Baun, SSG William R. Buckley, 1LT David K. Hight, SGT Richard P. Holien, SGT Donald R. Long, SSG Charles H. Mills, PFC Bobby L. Morden, SGT John D. Morgan, 1LT Peter E. Odenweller, SP4 Ronald O. Patterson, SP4 Franz G. Prediger, PVT Danny L. Smith, PFC Earl Smith, PFC Eddie K. Williams, and SP4 Harry J. Yost. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Ambushed At Srok Dong” by Richard Fournier, VFW Magazine, June/July 2016]
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