1/327 Battle at My Pho – Tuy Hoa Valley
These are the warriors who left their blood and lives at My Pho.
SP4 Norman Joseph Buell Cau. Married, age 25 DOB 9-25-40 Honolulu Hawaii
Sp4 James E. Bush, Cau. Single, age 20 DOB 7-8-65 New York, New York
PFC Phillip H. Clark, Cau. Single, age 20 DOB 2-22-46 Wisconsin rapids, Wisconsin
PFC James S. Cocchiara, Cau. age 20 DOB 12-12-45 Sprinfield, Massachusetts
PFC Richard P. Corson, Cau. Single, age 22 DOB Jul, 26, 1943 Buffalo, NewYork
PFC Stanley T. Demboski, Single, Cau. age 20 DOB 7-20-45 Jersey City, New Jersey
SP4 Reuben L. Garnett Jr. Single, Negro age 23 DOB 7-22-42 Steelton, Pennsyvannia
1st Lt. Harry M. Godwin, married, Cau. age 26 DOB 5-25-39 El Dorado, Arkansas
SSGT Woodrow W. Ham Jr. married Cau. age 26 DOB 11-25-39 Kingston, North Carolina
SP4 John M. Harden, married, Cau. age 21 DOB 2-26-45 Island Lake, Illinois
PFC Harvey W. Jones, single, Cau. age 19 DOB 1946 Fort Worth, Texas
PFC Arnell Keyes, single, Negro, age 21 DOB 5-11-44 New York, New York
PFC Jack W. Lindsey, single, Cau. age 23 DOB 5-31-42 Houston, Texas
SP4 Alberto A. Lucero, married, Cau. age 25 DOB 4-28-40 Salida Colorado
SP4 Diego Mercado, single, Cau. age 26 DOB 11-12-39 New York, New York
PFC Paul G. Parsons, single, Cau. age 20 DOB 12-16-45 Van Wert, Ohio
SP4 Timothy Ernest Quigley, single, Cau. age 21 DOB 2-18-44 Reseda California
SGT Antong Erich Reed, single, Cau. age 20 DOB 10-7-47 Newburgh, New York
FSGT Phillip K Ross, married, Cau. age 33 DOB 3-22-34 Greensboro North Carolina
SP4 James R. Scott, single, Cau. age 19 DOB 4-12-46 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
SP4 Roscoe L. Vick, single, Negro, age 23 DOB 6-14-42 Rocky Mount, North Carolina
PFC Charles D. Wadsworth, single, Cau. age 19 DOB 11-16-46 Alvy, West Virgina
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SP4 Michael R. Young, single, Cau. age 23 DOB 4-13-43 Newport Beach, California
There are those who die later on of the complications of the wounds received and may not be listed here; because their unit was no longer listed. I found one I knew, 1st Lt. Harry M. Godwin. We need to fill in the blanks, so if anyone knows of any of our troopers that died as a result of this battle and are not on this list, please get them to James Wainscoat, [email protected]
Following is a Poem I began after this battle and tried to incorporate the emotions of all battlefields.
Man at war with himself, turns on his human brother declaring WAR!
That damnable crucible … caldron of chemistry … called WAR!
On the Battlegrounds … the munitions wizards mix their deadly sulfur stew. And the enemy’s enemy … lurking, stalking, drunk on the devil’s brew.
Every warrior tested ….
Every longing, every desire …. arrested.
Graves or trenches, the die is cast.
Gray lifeless …… will it pass?
Then the shout, “MOVE OUT! as with dismembered hands, you grasp?
Up! Over the top! Out! Each man’s shadow obeying …….. till the last.
Body alive! Adrenaline rush! ……… Out of body? Another man’s soul?
Ears drummed by the bugle’s call, drowns out the derge’s roll.
Pointman meets the molten metal. ENGAGEMENT! ….. Not defeat.
Combat savvy, he returns fire ……. slumps …. never to regain his feet.
Deep within his sunken chest, in the heart laid to rest, beyond the wound that never mends, irrupts the sound of VICTORY! …… Not doom.
Taking their positions on the field of blood … fallen warriors baptize the ground. At ease with frozen salutes, open palms …. they give their courage, that it may abound.
Then invisible voices explode the deathly silence, courageous warriors spring to defend their fallen comrades and the belligerent FOE …. FEND!
By James Wainscoat