FACES FROM THE WALL
OREGON and the VIETNAM WAR
LARRY DALE KNIGHT
| Birth || 24AUG39 ||Rank || MAJ ||Date of Event|| 07OCT66 |
|P. of birth || ||Service || Air Force (Reserve) ||Place|| Off Shore Military Reg 1 S.Vietnam |
|Town of |
|Albany ||Unit || 12TH TACTICAL RECON SQUADRON|
Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam
|Death Code || Hostile, Died Missing; Air Loss, Crash - Sea Fixed Wing - Pilot |
|Hometown || ||service # || 540402480 ||Panel || 11EAST - 57 |
|Married ||Married||Declared Dead || 22OCT74 ||Medals ||Purple Heart |
|MIA|| BNR ||Comment|| ||Cemetery|| |
On 7 October 1966, Capt. James A Treece, pilot, and then 1st Lt. Larry D. Knight, co-pilot, comprised the crew of an RF4C (tail #65-0885) which departed Tan Son Nhut Airbase on a single aircraft night photo reconnaissance mission. Their target is described as being "3 specified strips" in the vicinity of the major South Vietnamese port city of Hue, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam.
Their assigned flight path took the RF4C from Tan Son Nhut Airbase to Ban Me Thuot, to Plieku, to the target area, and return to Tan Son Nhut. The weather conditions during this mission ranged from rain showers to scattered thunderstorms.
Photo & Bio Source: http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/k033.htm
DENNIS DAY HARRIS
| Birth || 15OCT44 ||Rank || SGT ||Date of Death|| 13OCT66 |
|P. of birth || ||Service || Marines ||Place|| Quang Tri S. Vietnam |
|Town of |
| Mulino ||Unit || CO F 2 BN 5TH MAR 1ST MAR DIV ||Death Code || Hostile, Died; Guns, Small Arms Fire; Ground Casualty |
|Hometown || ||service # || 2049279 ||Panel || 11EAST - 71 |
|Married || Single ||In Service || ||Medals || Purple Heart |
|Tour Date|| ||Comment|| ||Cemetery|| Willamette National Cem., Portland OR |
DAREL LEE SILLS
| Birth || 01SEP41 ||Rank || SP4 ||Date of Death|| 13OCT66 |
|P. of birth || ||Service || Army ||Place|| S. Vietnam |
|Town of |
| Salem ||Unit || USARV 246th Psy Opns Co 571st Military Intelligence Grp ||Death Code || Hostile, Died; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds Ground Casualty |
|Hometown || ||service # || 19817666 ||Panel || 11EAST - 72 |
|Married || Single ||In Service || ||Medals ||Purple Heart |
|Tour Date|| 27JUN66 ||Comment|| ||Cemetery|| |
DON EDWARD DARNALL
| Birth || 09MAY46 ||Rank || LCPL ||Date of Death|| 22OCT66 |
|P. of birth || Portland||Service || Marines (Draft) ||Place|| Quang Tri S. Vietnam |
|Town of |
| Bend ||Unit || G CO 2/5TH MAR 1ST MAR DIV ||Death Code || Hostile, Died Wounds; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds Ground Casualty |
|Hometown || ||service # || 2231193 ||Panel || 11EAST - 97 |
|Married || Married ||In Service || ||Medals || Purple Heart |
|Tour Date|| ||Comment|| ||Cemetery|| Bend |
First casualty BEND MARINE KILLED IN VIET NAM ACTION
A Bend Marine, Lance Cpl. Don Edward Darnall, 20, was killed in action in Viet Nam on Saturday (22 Oct 1966). Details of his death have not been released by the Marine Corps. It was the first reported death of a Bend serviceman since the beginning of the war.
Cpl Darnall's wife and family were informed of the death on Saturday by two Marines sent here from Eugene.
Cpl. Darnall had been in Viet Nam for five months.
His wife is the former Phyllis Ann Sigmund. They were married on 18 Sep 1965.
His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Darnall, 1304 Kingstone Ave. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Howard Darnall, Portland, and Montey Darnall, Bend. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. B. A. Nelson of Portland and paternal grandmother is Mrs. Mae Darnall of Yreka CA.
His wife's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Everett Sigmund of Bend.
Cpl. Darnall was born in Portland on 9 May 1946. He came to Bend with his family in 1956. Following graduation from Bend High School, he attended Central Oregon College, where he was in the top ten of his graduation class.
He had been in the Marine Corps since January, 1965.
Funeral services will be held in Bend. Details are still pending and will be announced later by Niswonger and Reynolds Funeral Home.
His father is the local representative for Austin Brothers, a wholesale firm. (The Bulletin, Bend OR, 24 Oct 1966)
TIMOTHY JAMES MEEKER
| Birth || 21DEC46 ||Rank || CPL ||Date of Death|| 29OCT66 |
|P. of birth ||Klamath Falls||Service || Marines ||Place|| Quang Nam S. Vietnam |
|Town of |
| Redmond ||Unit || 3rd Marine Div B Co 1st Bn 9th Mars ||Death Code || Hostile, Died Wounds; Other Explosive Devices Ground Casualty |
|Hometown || ||service # || 2139035 ||Panel || 11EAST - 127 |
|Married || Single ||Event Date || 1SEP66||Medals ||Purple Heart Navy Commendation Medal |
|Tour Date|| ||Comment|| ||Cemetery||Redmond Memorial Cemetery |
Born in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon the son of Robert Waldo Meeker and Barbara (Shopshire) Meeker; brother of Janice, Ann, Rae, Earl and Ralph Meeker. Tim went to school at Redmond Union High School and was voted outstanding football lineman and was captain of the wrestling team. Tim enlisted in the Marine Corps in June, 1965 and was sent to Vietnam in November 1965. He was gravely injured in South Vietnam on Sept. 1, 1966 and died from injuries 58 days later at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He was a 19-year-old corporal and was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal
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