JOHN E THIEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 31E, LINE 67 OF THE WALL

JOHN EDWARD THIEL

WALL NAME

JOHN E THIEL

PANEL / LINE

31E/67

DATE OF BIRTH

08/12/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/08/1967

HOME OF RECORD

LONDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Madison County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN EDWARD THIEL
POSTED ON 8.9.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

HOOAH

Will be visiting you and Ripley again.

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POSTED ON 6.25.2021

Battle of Hill 172 – December 8, 1967

On December 6, 1967, the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry and B Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery conducted an air assault and established a night defensive position (NDP) approximately two miles southeast of Bu Dop Camp near the Vietnam-Cambodia border in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The NDP was carved out of a bamboo thicket, located on the south side of Hill 172 astride an east-west trail. At 1:00 AM on December 8th, a medivac “dustoff” entered the NDP to remove three men injured in a mine accident. As the helicopter came in, an undetected Viet Cong (VC) force opened fire with small arms. The attack was quickly followed by a mortar barrage of 60mm and 82mm rounds which fell northwest of the NDP. Counterfire was immediately called from supporting artillery and two ambush patrols outside the NDP were brought in. A C Company listening post detected heavy movement, blew five Claymore mines, and also returned to the perimeter. D and B Company’s sides of the perimeter began to receive enemy probes all along the line. Minutes later, heavy automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire began hitting the northwest perimeter. Howitzers in the NDP directed fire into the wood line, breaking up a VC attack. At 2:00 AM, a second attack developed on the southeastern portion of the perimeter between D and B Company. The enemy reached the concertina wire around the NDP but was quickly driven away by supporting 105mm artillery fire. The Big Red One forces continued to fire at the retreating VC forces until 4:00 AM. A sweep of the perimeter at daylight revealed forty-nine VC bodies and numerous bloody trails. An estimated 140 enemy were killed and numerous weapons were captured along with six wounded VC. U.S. loses were four killed and fourteen wounded. The lost personnel included SP4 Kenneth R. Benjamin, SP4 Paul E. Dufford, SGT John M. Ray, and SP4 John E. Thiel. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Danger Forward” (September 1968), a 1st Infantry Division publication]
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POSTED ON 8.11.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

John Thiel is buried next to his best friend, Larry Ripley, who died in Vietnam shortly after John's death.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2019
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

I work with his nephews and niece. One nephew is named after him. They are doing him proud.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.23.2018
POSTED BY: Candace Thiel

Relativity

Sir you share my last name and come from where most of my family came from. You share the full name of my great uncle who died at your same age, but he was crippled. I have so many questions about who you were. I just want to find out about your past. If anyone here knows any information it would be much appriceated. I can be reached a [email protected]
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