Vietnam  War
1945-1975

Baldwin's Casualties
Donald Calvin Cordle
From Milledgeville, and is shown in the memorial in front of the old Baldwin Co. court house and also shown on the Vietnam Memorial Veterans Wall. Buried at the Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Dover, Tn. Burial info obtained from The Union Recorder, 12/31/70, page 1 (front page).http://www.thewall-usa.com/
  SFC - E7 - Army - Regular 
  MACV Advisors 
  27 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
  Born on Nov 01, 1943
  From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
  His tour of duty began on Aug 08, 1970
  Casualty was on Dec 18, 1970
  in DINH TUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
  HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
  GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE 
  Body was recovered 
  Religion
  BAPTIST
  Panel 06W - - Line 128
Marion Edward Johnson
PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service 
1st Cav Division (AMBL) 
21 year old Single, Negro, Male
Born on May 24, 1945
From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
His tour of duty began on Oct 02, 1966
Casualty was on Nov 21, 1966
SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE 
Body was recovered 
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
Panel 12E - - Line 101
 

 

Lt. Col. James Ralph Etheridge
 Adv. Team 32, 
Arcom 2OLC
LTC - O5 - Army - Regular 
35 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Oct 23, 1932
From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
Length of service 14 years.
His tour of duty began on Oct 14, 1966
Casualty was on Feb 23, 1968
in TUYEN DUC, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND 
Body was recovered 
Religion
BAPTIST
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Charles Albert Fraley
 Ga PFC 1st Marine Div.
PH (Purple Heart)
PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular 
21 year old Single, Negro, Male
Born on Oct 29, 1948
From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Aug 18, 1969
Casualty was on Apr 08, 1970
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds
GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE 
Body was recovered 
Religion
PROTESTANT
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Willie Lee Freeman
Purple Heart.
LCPL - E3 - Marine Corps - Regular 
21 year old Single, Negro, Male
Born on Jan 03, 1947
From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
Length of service 2 years.
His tour of duty began on Mar 27, 1968
Casualty was on May 27, 1968
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR 
Body was recovered 
Religion
PROTESTANT
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Earle Edwin Shannon
PFC - 2 PH (Purple Heart)
SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular 
1st Cav Division (AMBL) 
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 15, 1951
From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
His tour of duty began on Apr 12, 1970
Casualty was on Dec 13, 1970
in BINH LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND 
Body was recovered 
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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Jimmy Lee Curry
Georgia PFC Co I Blt 3 1 Mar 9 MAB, 
PH (Purple Heart) & GS.
Mr. Curry is from Macon, Ga. He is not listed on the memorial in front of the old Baldwin Co court house as being from Milledgeville. The Union Recorder has no mention of him that I can find. He is indeed a Vietnam casualty, and buried as correctly shown in the County Line Cemetery. He is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Veterans Wall.

  PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular 
  Rifleman
  24 year old Married, Negro, Male
  Born on Aug 24, 1943
  From MACON, GEORGIA
  His tour of duty began on Nov 16, 1967
  Casualty was on Apr 28, 1968
  in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
  HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
  OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE 
  Body was recovered 
  Religion
  PROTESTANT
  Panel 52E - - Line 35

 Ben Willis Howell 
SFC Howell is from Milledgeville, but is buried in Tennille, Ga.  He is shown in the memorial in front of the old Baldwin Co courthouse and also shown on the Vietnam Memorial Veterans Wall.  Buried in Zeeta Cemetery, Tennille, Ga. Burial info obtained from the Union Recorder, June 13, 1968, page 1.

SFC - E7 - Army - Regular 
  9th Infantry Division 
  36 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
  Born on Jul 05, 1931
  From TENNILLE, GEORGIA
  Length of service 16 years.
  His tour of duty began on Apr 13, 1968
  Casualty was on May 28, 1968
  in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
  HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
  GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE 
  Body was recovered 
  Religion
  BAPTIST
  Panel 64W - - Line 10

James Floyd Ray 
Capt. Ray is from Milledgeville, born August 17, 1937, died January 9, 1965, but is buried in San Antonio, Tx. at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, Section W Site 2994, on January 18, 1965.  He is shown in the memorial in front of the old Baldwin Co court house, on the Vietnam Memorial Veterans Wall and in the February 25, 1965 page 5a Union Recorder.

Capt. Ray graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1959
( 2nd in his class) and was a Rhodes Scholar.
 Capt. Ray was the 247th American soldier to die in Vietnam since 1961.
 http://wardbook.west-point.org/display_grad.cgi?class_id=1959
 http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov
  CAPT - O3 - Army - Regular 
  27 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
  Born on Aug 17, 1937
  From MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
  Length of service 4 years.
  Casualty was on Jan 09, 1965
  SOUTH VIETNAM
  HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
  GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE 
  Body was recovered 
  Religion
  PROTESTANT
  Panel 01E - - Line 81 

Name:    Jimmy Bedgood 
Birth Date:    20 May 1946 
Death Date:    6 May 1968 
Home City:    Milledgeville 
Home State:    Georgia 
SSN/Service #:    14875003 

Death Date:    6 May 1968 
Casualty Country:    Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) 

Tour Start Date:    24 Mar 1967 
Service Branch:    Department of the Army 
Component:    Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG) 
Rank:    Staff Sergeant 
Military Grade:    Staff Sergeant 
Pay Grade:    Specialist Sixth Class (U.S. Army) or Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps) or Technical Sergeant (U.S. Air Force) or Grade/Rate Abbreviations With First Column: Any Entry; Second Column: Any Entry; Third Column: 1; Fourth Column: Blank (U.S. Navy 
Company:    Co C 52nd Inf 
Batallion:    716th MP Bn 
Province:    24 
Decoration:    Not Available 
CN:    Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) 
Service Occupation:    Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 
   Data Source:    Coffelt Database 

Email me if you have veterans to add to this list.
A big thank you to Mr. Rudy Hok
who provided the details on most of these veterans.

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situated on 17 acres, is the first state-operated veterans cemetery in Georgia. Opened December 2001
2617 Vinson Highway, Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
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