DAVID R AIKEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

DAVID ROSS AIKEN

WALL NAME

DAVID R AIKEN

PANEL / LINE

11E/2

DATE OF BIRTH

02/03/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/23/1966

HOME OF RECORD

BALTIMORE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Baltimore City

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ROSS AIKEN
POSTED ON 4.4.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die....
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POSTED ON 3.19.2021

Attack on LZ Hammond - September 23, 1966

LZ Hammond was located on the west side of National Highway QL-1, approximately six miles northwest of Phu Cat Airbase in Binh Dinh Province, RVN. On September 23, 1966, the North Vietnamese Army assaulted LZ Hammond in a move to ease pressure on enemy forces under attack in the Kim Son and 506 Valleys during Operation Thayer I. The attack began at 1:04 AM with mortar, recoilless rifle, and small arms fire. The barrage lasted eleven minutes, during which time at least eleven rounds of 82mm and forty rounds 60mm mortar fire landed in the perimeter. An unknown number of recoilless rifle rounds also hit the installation. Units at Hammond suffered three killed and thirty wounded. The lost personnel included (from B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 18th Artillery) PFC David R. Aiken and SGT Jimmy A. Johnson; and (from Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry) SGT Noe Magallan. Several helicopters were damaged, six severely. The Americans responded to the attack with countermortar and artillery fire on suspected enemy locations and routes of withdrawal. Men on the perimeter fired unit weapons including M79’s and small arms. At first light, patrols from 1/9 Cavalry and the Support Command conducted sweeps of the area outside the perimeter and found mortar and recoilless rifle positions, ammunition, and several large pools of blood. A search of a village 150 yards from the perimeter turned up fifteen Viet Cong suspects and additional equipment. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 1st Cavalry Division After Action Reports for Operation Thayer I, September 23, 1966]
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POSTED ON 8.10.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC AIKEN,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A CANNON FIRE DIRECTION SPECIALIST. ARTILLERYMEN HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 9.20.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC David Ross Aiken, 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 1.15.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

David is buried at Union Cemetery, Greensburg,PA.

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