VESA J ALAKULPPI
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HONORED ON PANEL 60E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

VESA JUHANI ALAKULPPI

WALL NAME

VESA J ALAKULPPI

PANEL / LINE

60E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

04/23/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/14/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SEATTLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

King County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

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Contact Details
ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR VESA JUHANI ALAKULPPI
POSTED ON 5.30.2017
POSTED BY: John Donahue

Never forgotten

Captain Alakulppi was the nicest and finest Officer I served under in my 3 years of service. I just found this site and looked him up right away.
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POSTED ON 5.14.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation

Vesa Juhani Alakulppi
Date of birth: April 23, 1941
Date of death: May 14, 1968
Place of Birth: Finland, Rovaniemi
Home of record: Seattle Washington
Status: KIA

Vesa Alakulppi graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1963.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Vesa Juhani Alakulppi (ASN: 0-98573), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 14 May 1968 while serving as Commanding Officer, Company C, 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate) (Light), in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Captain Alakulppi was in command of a ready reaction force consisting of one rifle platoon and a mortar section providing security for a large two-company base camp when an unknown-size Viet Cong force attacked the perimeter with automatic weapons, small arms and rocket fire. Reacting immediately, Captain Alakulppi rallied his men to halt the enemy's advance. Realizing that, because of adverse weather conditions air support was not available, Captain Alakulppi repeatedly exposed himself to the intense enemy fire in order to direct supporting artillery fire close to his company's position. During the savage battle, without regard for his personal safety, he continually moved about the perimeter, encouraging his men and directing their fire. Realizing that his unit was isolated from friendly reinforcements, Captain Alakulppi continued to provide dynamic and aggressive leadership in the valiant defense of the base camp until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his courageous actions, he inspired his men to grater efforts and enabled them to bring maximum suppressive fire against the Viet Cong force and repel the enemy attack. Captain Alakulppi's exceptional heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, II Field Force, Vietnam, General Orders No. 601 (June 30, 1968)

Action Date: May 14, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 3d Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate) (Light)
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POSTED ON 8.11.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CAPTAIN ALAKULPPI,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A WEST POINT GRADUATE, AND A NUCLEAR QUALIFIED TANK UNIT COMMANDER.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.21.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain Vesa Juhani Alakulppi, Served with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade.
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POSTED ON 4.28.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Vesa Juhani Alakulppi, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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