Aldrich, David Alan, Cpl

Fallen
 
 Service Photo 
 Service Details
View Time Line
Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Corporal

 
 

 Last Photo 
 Personal Details 

14 kb

Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1947
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by LCpl Gary Porter (Gary) to remember Marine Cpl David Alan Aldrich.

If you knew or served with this Marine and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Gibsonburg
Last Address
Gibsonburg

Casualty Date
Mar 30, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
West Union Cemetery - Gibsonburg, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47E 007

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1968-1968, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Mameluke Thrust
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  REMEMBERED ON THE OHIO VETERANS WALL
  Mar 30, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
RTE 608, 1 KM SOUTH OF KHE SANH AFLD 19680330
UTM grid reference is XD851404
BNR as of 15Apr68


The action by Bravo 1/26 on 30 March 1968 was reflected only by a brief comment in the Battalion's Operations Journal:

"30 MAR 1968 SUMMARY:
         Co B conducted a search and destroy mission. During this patrol Co B received mortar and small arms fire causing 71 WIA's, nine KIA's, and two MIA's."

but there was more to it than that.

Quoting from the 1/26 Command Chronology for March 1968,

        "Intelligence sources revealed that Company B met and defeated in detail the main elements of a NVA Battalion, inflicted 115 NVA KIA and destroyed numerous amounts of ammunition, weapons, and equipment. The operation resulted in ten friendly KIA, two MIA, and 100 WIA, 49 of which were evacuated. ... The agressive fighting spirit of Company B combined with supporting arms fire enabled the company to engage and defeat in detail a numerically superior enemy force entrenched in mutually supporting fortified positions, in the first planned offensive attack of a known enemy position in the battle for KHE SANH Combat Base."

The twelve men who died in the engagement were

1stLt Marion H. Norman, Houston, TX (A Btry, 1st Bn, 13th Marines)
 
Sgt Donald A. Warren, San Diego, CA

Cpl David A. Aldrich, Gibsonburg, OH

Cpl Albert R. Sanford, Russellville, KY (H&S Co with B/1/26)

LCpl Wayne P. Moore, Plymouth, MA

LCpl Author C. Smith, Glen Allen, AL

Pfc David B. Anderson, Avoca, IA

Pfc Ted D. Britt, Decatur, GA (Silver Star)

Pfc Jimmie L. Jones, Cordova, AL

Pfc Donald R. Rash, Pocahontas, VA (Navy Cross)

Pfc Jose Ruiz, New York, NY

Pfc Kenneth R. Totten, Brewster, NY

1stLt Norman was the Artillery Forward Observer; he was killed by a mortar shell which also seriously wounded the Bravo Company Commander, Captain K. W. Pipes, and all members of the company command group.

The two men reported as missing in action were LCpl Author Smith and Pfc Ted Britt; their bodies were subsequently recovered.




The Virtual Wall
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

 
   
Comments/Citation

Service number 2288904
Tour start date 03/15/1968

   
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011