HARLAN R BRANDTS
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HONORED ON PANEL 42E, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

HARLAN RAY BRANDTS

WALL NAME

HARLAN R BRANDTS

PANEL / LINE

42E/28

DATE OF BIRTH

05/07/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/02/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SHELDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

O'Brien County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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POSTED ON 5.7.2023
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm Proud of Our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Harlan Ray Brandts, Served with Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.15.2023

Final Mission of PFC Harlan R. Brandts

On the morning of March 2, 1968, the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division “Manchus” were preparing for a ground assault on an area of previous contact when Charlie Company was ambushed by an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company at a bridge on Route 248 by the Quoi Xuah hamlet close to Hoc Mon village, fourteen kilometers (8.4 miles) northwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, RVN. The ninety-two members of Charlie Company were rushing along the road without flank security to catch up with the rest of the battalion when they ran into the ambush. Within eight minutes, forty-nine Americans were dead or dying and twenty-eight others wounded. The enemy force, concealed in prepared positions, employed small arms, automatic weapons, and Claymore mines. Gunships, artillery, and air strikes supported the Manchus but sniper fire by rear guard elements prevented Alpha, Bravo, and Delta companies from reinforcing the besieged Charlie Company for much of the day. The lost U.S. personnel included (C-4/9 Manchus) PFC Jose L. Alvarez-Tapia, PFC Gerald L. Avery, SP4 Charles E. Bonds, PFC Harlan R. Brandts, SGT Jerry W. Byers, SP4 William B. Cawley Jr., SP4 Alvin L. Cayson, SP4 Nicholas J. Cutinha (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), SP4 Bruce Eliot Jr., PFC Gary V. Frazier, PFC Michael D. Frost, PFC Raymond L. Gallagher, SP4 Cal D. Johnson, PFC Lawrence Johnson, PFC Jack J. Jordan Jr., SGT Lee R. Lanier, SSG Charlie F. Lee, PFC James R. Mathis, PFC Robert J. McGee, PFC Charles E. Melott, PFC Leonard D. Moore, SP4 Thomas L. Mork, 2LT James F. O'Laughlin, PFC Kenneth L. Oldham (died of wounds 03/03/1968), PFC Roy D. Page, SP4 William Rassano, PFC Jose A. Reyes, PFC Michael R. Rivers, PFC Ronald L. Salvani, SGT Willard Skaggs Jr., PFC Clifford G. Stockton, CPL Danny G. Swazick, SP4 Warren L. Tall, SP4 John M. Thompson, SP4 Carrel J. Titsworth, SGT Walter C. Velvet Jr., PFC Larry H. Walden, SP4 Gary W. Watkins, PFC Darrell E. Wheeler, SP4 Virgil L. Williams, SP4 Danny S. Young, and PFC Willard F. Young; (HHC-4/9) medics SP5 Ronald A. Slane, PFC Paul E. West, and PFC Joseph J. Williams; (K Trp, 3rd Sqdn, 11th Armored Cavalry) SP4 Barry L. Moyer; (A Btry, 7th Bn, 11th Arty) SGT Kenneth W. Winget; and (A Co, 65th Engineers) PFC Larry A. Widener and PFC Aristides Sosa (posthumously promoted to Corporal and awarded the DSC). Enemy losses were put at twenty dead. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and manchu.org]
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POSTED ON 6.18.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from Kenneth Huisman is especially moving. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 5.27.2019
POSTED BY: KENNETH HUISMAN

NEVER FORGOTTEN

I grew up together with Harlan on Washington Avenue, Sheldon, Iowa. We played together and it deeply saddened me to read about his passing in Viet Nam. I think of him all the time when I see or hear about the Viet Nam war.
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POSTED ON 6.24.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANKS

Dear PFC Brandts,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Independence Day is approaching, and it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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