DAVID A STRUPP
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HONORED ON PANEL 49E, LINE 37 OF THE WALL

DAVID ALAN STRUPP

WALL NAME

DAVID A STRUPP

PANEL / LINE

49E/37

DATE OF BIRTH

11/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/12/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SPARTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sussex County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ALAN STRUPP
POSTED ON 1.8.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you....

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 9.19.2023
POSTED BY: Sharyne Ziebarth

A Cousin's Remembrance

David was my older cousin by eight years. I always looked up to him as a strong Christian. He was the real deal. I was very shocked and heart broken when I learned of his death in battle. His passing impacted my life greatly and shortly after that I became a Christian myself. I will always remember him for his love of Jesus, family, and country.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2023
POSTED BY: David Bryant Moller

Info on David's demise

My cousin, Glenn Loren Moller, Jr., was one of the soldiers killed along with David at the Battle of Good Friday, on April 12, 1968. I was a journalist for 40 years and researched the battle thoroughly after the onset of the internet. What I have is not pleasant, for obvious reasons, but could provide insight and websites for David's loved ones in search of the story. You can contact me at [email protected]. free of charge for my information.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2023
POSTED BY: Anthony Jayjock

Fellow Class Mate

After 23 years in the Army I knew many fellow soldiers who never came home. It is even harder thinking of all those young men you knew as kids who never came home, David was but one.
I got to work with Dave a few times at his Dad's gas station, we to pumped gas at his dad's ESSO station in Sparta.
Never forget why we celebrate Memorial Day. For the real heroes!
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POSTED ON 9.12.2022

Battle of Good Friday - April 12, 1968

On April 12, 1968, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division forces participating in Operation Toan Thang I (“Complete Victory”) came in contact with the Viet Cong’s 9th Division, precipitating a major engagement in Tay Ninh Province, RVN. The Americans had just begun sweeping Base Area 355, a belt of woods three miles northwest of the Michelin Rubber Plantation, in search of the 9th Division. Several hours after midnight, VC sappers crept forward to probe their night defense position along Route 244 of the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, targeting B Company on the southwestern portion of the perimeter. The Americans opened fire and hunkered down in their foxholes as the first of several hundred 82mm mortar rounds began to hit. Around 4:00 AM, a battalion of insurgents poured out of the trees in a human wave attack and headed for the sector held by B Company. The Americans fought back in desperate close combat, but the enemy’s superior numbers soon began to tell. Within thirty minutes, the enemy had breached the southern perimeter lines and was threatening to overrun the battalion’s position. An unrelenting wave of air and artillery strikes plus the arrival of helicopter gunships around 5:00 AM helped stabilize the situation, giving the defending infantrymen time to eject the enemy and reestablish their perimeter. Recon Platoon from 3/22 soon arrived to help B Company, and at 6:15 AM a group of armored personnel carriers from 2/22 (Mechanized) roared onto the scene and put the Viet Cong to flight. The beaten enemy broke contact and withdrew around 7:00 AM, leaving behind 153 corpses and an assortment of weapons. Eighteen U.S. soldiers died in the battle and forty-seven were wounded. The lost personnel included (from B/3/22) SP4 Edward C. Beckwith, PFC John E. Cunningham Jr., PFC Robert W. Ellsworth, PFC William E. Maxwell, SP4 Robert L. Melton Jr., PFC Glenn L. Moller Jr., CPL Reynaldo N. Orozco, PFC David A. Strupp, CPL Donny G. Tidwell, and SP4 Douglas R. Weiher; (from D/3/22) SP4 William J. De Lisa, SP4 Morris K. James, SP4 Cleatus W. McClanahan, PFC James R. Southey (died of wounds 05/03/1968), and SGT Hubert E. Waford; (from HHC/3/22) cook PFC Alan P. Butkus and medic CPL Alan J. Hettich; and (from C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Artillery) CPL Billy J. Brown. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Staying the Course: October 1967 to September 1968” by Erik B. Villard; article from the Madera Daily Tribune (Madera, CA), April 12, 1968]
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