SYLVESTER SWINFORD JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 123 OF THE WALL

SYLVESTER SWINFORD JR

WALL NAME

SYLVESTER SWINFORD JR

PANEL / LINE

7E/123

DATE OF BIRTH

08/08/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/29/1966

HOME OF RECORD

POTTS CAMP

COUNTY OF RECORD

Marshall County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR SYLVESTER SWINFORD JR
POSTED ON 3.6.2024

Final Mission of PFC Sylvester Swinford Jr.

Operation Paul Revere I (May 10 - July 31, 1966) was a 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division search and destroy border surveillance operation in the Chu Pong Mountain area of Pleiku Province, RVN. Third Brigade units made no significant contact throughout the first two weeks of operations; however, two U.S. Special Forces-led Civilian Irregular Defense Group companies made heavy contact with an estimated two North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Battalions five miles southwest of the Plei Djereng Special Forces Camp on May 24th. Heavy contact was again made on May 28th when a 3rd Brigade maneuver battalion (2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment) was ambushed by elements of the 33rd NVA Regiment as it air-assaulted into landing zone (LZ) 10 Alpha about five miles north of Due Co. The incoming assault helicopters were raked with fire from at least five 12.7mm antiaircraft machine guns, four of which were mounted in the trees a short distance northeast of the LZ. Before these guns could be knocked out by air strikes, four helicopters were shot down. A U.S. Air Force Forward Air Controller (FAC) dispatched to the scene guided a flight of F-4C Phantom II jets which expended their 500-pound bombs against the suspected locations of the enemy guns. The FAC’s continued air strikes with clearance from the Brigade Commander to hit anything within a 1500-meter radius of LZ 10 Alpha. A C-123 flareship dropped flares to keep the battlefield illuminated as action continued through the night into the next day. It was not until late on the night of May 29th that the enemy broke all contact and withdrew. During the next three days, 218 NVA bodies were found, and subsequent discoveries of enemy grave sites over the next month raised the final enemy toll to nearly 470 killed. Two NVA prisoners were taken during the 40-hour battle, and large quantities of arms and equipment were confiscated. American losses were 13 killed and 39 wounded. The lost U.S. personnel were (A-1/35) PFC John F. Barry, SGT Thomas D. Campbell, SP4 Charlie A. Carden, PFC Sheldon R. Cohen, PFC Billy R. Patrick, SGT Wallace E. Pilson, PFC Richard R. Roundtree, and PFC Walter J. Wetzel; (B-2/35) 2LT Michael T. Glynne, SGT William E. Humphrey (died of wounds 02/06/1980, added to the Wall in May 2004), PFC Leroy Robinson, and PFC Sylvester Swinford Jr.; and (HHC-2/35) SP5 Roy M. Jones. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Project CHECO: Operation Paul Revere/Sam Houston, 27 July 1967” at archive.com]
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POSTED ON 1.1.2024
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your daughter in law Mary is moving and reflects her eternal love for you. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 8.5.2023
POSTED BY: ANON

80

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Correction

Correction - I did not research you on the anniversary of your tour, but researched you on your 56th anniversary, and it is still sad.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Sylvester Swinford, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. I researched you on the 53rd anniversary of the start of your tour. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Another summer is soon. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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