THOMAS W CHATBURN III
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

THOMAS W CHATBURN III

WALL NAME

THOMAS W CHATBURN III

PANEL / LINE

8E/35

DATE OF BIRTH

07/12/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/11/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MERRILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Klamath County

STATE

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BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR THOMAS W CHATBURN III
POSTED ON 4.13.2024
POSTED BY: Karen Padilla

Thanks

High-school friend from Merrill Oregon. Thanks for your sacrifice.
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POSTED ON 8.30.2022

Battle for Hills 150 and 177 – June 11, 1966

Operations El Paso and El Paso II (May 19 - July 13, 1966) were conducted by the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division in Binh Long Province, RVN. In April 1966, prisoner interrogations revealed that the Viet Cong (VC) 271st and 273rd Regiments were planning a major offensive near Loc Ninh. On June 11th, Company A, 2/28th Infantry, patrolling northwest of Loc Ninh with a platoon of CIDG indigenous soldiers, was engaged by the VC 1st Battalion, 273rd Regiment, located on two adjacent hills, Hill 150 and Hill 177. As the battle developed, Company C, 2/28th Infantry, was deployed as reinforcements, and following air and artillery strikes, assaults were launched on the hills. At 2:30 PM, Company C and the battalion's reconnaissance platoon assaulted Hill 177 from the south and west but were pushed back by a VC counterattack. The reconnaissance platoon retreated to a position in a trench covered by a VC machine gun and lost seventeen killed. Despite this, by 4:15 PM, the VC were forced from the hill and withdrew northwest, harassed by air and artillery strikes. On Hill 150, Company A made two assaults, both of which were repulsed. Company B then joined the fight, and by 4:30 PM, had forced the VC from the hill where they were ambushed by a waiting CIDG Company. U.S. losses were thirty-four killed. The lost personnel included: (A/2/28) SP4 Henry Burch, SGT John E. Miller, and PFC Roy S. Pitt; (B/2/28) SP4 Charles H. Shelton; (C/2/28) SP4 Dennis E. Brown, PFC David G. Bryan, SP4 Willie Cole Jr., PFC Michael A. Garris, SP4 Donel R. Johnson, PFC Jerry W. Looney, PFC Herman R. Meneely, PFC Tim A. Noe, PFC Clae T. Norman, SSG James W. Phair, PFC Harvey J. Profitt, PFC Ronald Richards, and SSG Franz X. Wallner; (Recon Platoon) SP4 Kenneth A. Babb, PFC Dannie G. Braswell, PFC Ronald J. Brissette, PFC Thomas S. Cameron, PFC Thomas W. Chatburn III, SSG Ernest L. Duran, SGT Grady L. Elder, PFC Charles E. Ford, PFC James E. Hill, PFC Louis A. Jefferson, SSG Glen D. Lofton, PFC Richard A. Mitchell, PFC Jack R. Price, PFC Jessie E. Shannon, PFC Michael T. Sukara, PFC John R. Thompson, and PFC J.C. Williams. PFC Noe was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal. VC losses were 98 by body count with subsequent intelligence indicating that half the VC 1st Battalion had been killed. [Taken from virtualwall.org and “Stemming the Tide” by John M. Carland]
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POSTED ON 2.26.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

We Will Remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 1.24.2021
POSTED BY: Mary DeWitt

Klamath County Museum

Klamath Falls OR...Born July 12, 1942, Thomas Chatburn was a member of a well known pioneer family and native of Klamath Falls. He graduated from Merrill High School and immediately joined the U.S. Army. He served three years in Germany before going to Vietnam. Chatburn served with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Division, 28th Infantry, and was seriously wounded shortly after arriving in Vietnam in September of 1965. He was 24 at the time of his death; survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Chatburn, Jr.; a brother and a sister.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2018

Remembrances

I will always Tommy as we were best friends during our High School years. He was a great guy to run around with. Rest in peace my friend. I will always think of you.
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