VERNON C WILDERSPIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 36E, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

VERNON CHARLES WILDERSPIN

WALL NAME

VERNON C WILDERSPIN

PANEL / LINE

36E/42

DATE OF BIRTH

03/07/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/31/1968

HOME OF RECORD

EAST LANSING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ingham County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR VERNON CHARLES WILDERSPIN
POSTED ON 11.30.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Vernon Charles Wilderspin, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.19.2011

Never Forgotten

In Remembrance
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POSTED ON 6.24.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Vernon is buried at Maple Grove Cem, Munsing, MI. DSC PH
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POSTED ON 9.8.2009
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS

VERNON CHARLES WILDERSPIN

served with

Troop B

3d Squadron

4th Cavalry

25th Infantry Division


Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vernon Charles Wilderspin (US54959220), Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Wilderspin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 as medical aidman for an armor platoon on a combat mission near Tan Son Nhut Air Base. His unit was moving to engage a combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army force which had attacked the air base. It was suddenly subjected to intense automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket fire from the numerically superior enemy. Specialist Wilderspin unhesitantly leaped from his armored personnel carrier to administer first aid to wounded comrades. Exposing himself to a devastating curtain of hostile fire, he gallantly moved throughout the raging battlefield to conduct his lifesaving mission. After aiding many casualties, including his seriously wounded platoon leader, Specialist Wilderspin saw his platoon sergeant lying helplessly wounded in an open area. With a hail of enemy bullets striking all around him, he fearlessly raced to the side of his smitten comrade and performed skillful emergency medical treatment which saved the man's life. Just as he had finished tending the platoon sergeant's wounds, Specialist Wilderspin was hit by the withering hostile fire and instantly killed. Specialist Four Wildersin's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam

General Orders No. 1841 ( 20 April 1968 )





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





1 AUGUST 1999



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POSTED ON 1.31.2006
POSTED BY: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Your life is not forgotten

Vernon, Although we never met,
I just want you to know you are
not forgotten. You gave the ultimate
sacrifice, your life for what you believed
in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you
for protecting the freedoms we enjoy
today.
A true American Hero.
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