The Vietnam War

in Burnet County


United States Casualty Statistics - from NARA

Year of Death or Declaration of Death

Number of Records

1956-1960

9

1961

16

1962

52

1963

118

1964

206

1965

1,863

1966

6,143

1967

11,153

1968

16,592

1969

11,616

1970

6,081

1971

2,357

1972

641

1973

168

Burnet Army and Marine Casualties

FIKE, Ronald Edward.....SSGT.Army....28JUN67..S.VIETNAM...08 NOV 42...HOSTILE,KILLED
GOBLE Patrick Michael...PFC..Marines.07MAY68..S.VIETNAM...24 DEC 49...HOSTILE,KILLED
FERGUSON Dewey Lindon...SGT..Army....08JUN66..S.VIETNAM...23 DEC 28...HOSTILE,KILLED
GONZALES Frank Cavosos..SGT..Army....22SEP68..S.VIETNAM...19 AUG 47...HOSTILE,KILLED
WIMBERLY Benny Earl.....PFC..Marines.28SEP66..S.VIETNAM...10 FEB 48...HOSTILE,KILLED

Source:  NARA Texas Casualty List
and Vietnam Virtual Wall

Let us not forget Staff Sergeant Larry Roy Sims, casualty of the Vietnam War.  As a member of the Army, SSG Sims served our country until September 12th, 1968 in bing Long, South Vietnam.  He was 21 years old and married when he died from small arms fire.  His body was recovered.

Larry was born on September 21st, 1946 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, the son of Howard and Betty Sims. Howard was the youngest son of Samuel Austin and Alice Rosalie (Profitt) Sims. Howard was a WW2 Veteran, as was his brother, Richard Sims, and so many local [Burnet] relatives.

SSG Sims is on panel 44W, line 041 of the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 4 years.

..contributed by Wayne Sims,
<waynesim@tstar.net>, Dec 2002


Missing in Action

LUNA, DONALD A

SERVICE: US AIR FORCE  ( Complete Service Report )
RANK: O3
STATUS: NR - REMAINS RETURNED/RECOVERED
DATE OF INCIDENT: 1969/02/01
DATE RETURNED: 1999/11/19
REMAINS ID DATE: 2000/10/30
HOME OF RECORD: HOUSTON, TX   ( Complete State Report )
COUNTRY OF LOSS: LAOS
VEHICLE TYPE: O2A
Source:  Defense Prisioner of War/Missing Personnel Office  -- http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/
Tombstone Photo - Mahomet Cemetery

Lampasas Casualties / Missing-In-Action

Insall, Billy Glen, SP/4, age 22, KIA, 29 July 1968, serving with the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry of the 198th Lt. Infantry Brigade, about 20 miles from DaNang.  Source: Burnet Bulletin, 8 Aug 1968

Green, Robert Bailey, E-5, USAF, KIA Laos, Body not recovered.  C-47-RL, 25 Oct 1966; home of record, Lampasas.  Source: Defense Prisioner of War/Missing Personnel Office  -- http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/

Charles Richard Labounty, Private First Class, Infantryman, US Army, ground casualty, Quang Ngai Province, S.Vietnam; body recovered; 21 April 1971

Doyd Dewayne O'Neal, Major, US Army, HQ 1ST CALC, US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MAAGV; died 31 May 1964

John Clyde Roberts, Private First Class, US Army, Infantryman, died of wounds, Quang Tin Province, S. Vietnam, 6 Dec 1968, age 25.


Llano County Casualties

Bird, Michael DeVerne, Corporal,  US Army, Infantryman, KIA, body recovered; ground casualty; 20 Mar 1967, age 20.  Home of record:  Llano, Texas.


Note:  Lampasas and Llano casualties are mentioned here because many families in Burnet County
lived near the county lines and may have been known or part of Burnet family groups.

Participants - Those Who Served - and came home.

If you have Burnet County relatives who served in Vietnam, please consider contributing their names and stories to this page. Newspaper clippings, units served in, dates of service, any little tidbit is acceptable.
Help me preserve the memories of our county's veterans. -- JoAnn Myers <burnettxgenweb @ gmail . com>

Jeffrey, Tillman Lee

  • Born: 02/14/47 @ Shepard Hospital, Burnet, Texas
  • Died:  Oct 28, 2010 in Loomis, CA.  He fought a 26 month battle first with prostate, then bladder cancer.  The VA determined his cancer and death were caused by Agent Orange.  Source of death info:  his daughter, Laura, Dec 2010.
  • Parents: Hilmer Levi Jeffrey and Ulma Louise Jeffrey (Garrett)
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 December 1965 @ Los Angeles, CA
  • Graduated from U.S. Army Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Class 66-19, Ft. Rucker, AL in December 1966
  • 1st Tour in South Vietnam: 6 Jan. 1967 - 5 Jan. 1968 Rank: Warrant Officer WO1 Unit:
  • 335th Assault Helicopter Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 2nd Tour in South Vietna, May-Aug. 1969 Rank: Chief Warrant Officer CWO2 Unit: "C"
  • Battery/2nd Battalion/20th Artillery (ARA), 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
  • Discharged: 30 June 1970 MOS: 100EC (Attack Helicopter Instructor)
  • Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 32 OLC, Army
  • Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Republic of South Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation,
  • Meritorious Unit Citatation, Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of South Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal (1st Class)

  Maddux, Roy - U.S. Marine Corps; 20 year veteran. Served during Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Ramsower, Mark

 

Links for your Vietnam War Research

  • POW/MIA RECORDS (VIETNAM WAR) - 3,307 records from the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
  • American Battle Monuments Commission -- The ABMC is responsible for commemorating the services of the American Armed Forces where they have served since April 6, 1917 through the establishment of suitable memorial shrines; designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds in foreign countries. Web site includes detailed descriptions of overseas cemeteries and links to searchable databases of war dead.
  • Bibliography of the Vietnam War -- organized by topic.
  • History Place: Vietnam War -- timelines, quotes, and analysis of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1945-1975.
  • Vietnam War Internet Project -- dedicated to providing information and documents about the various Indochina Wars, and to the collection and publication of the memoirs of those who served and those who protested.
  • Resources on the Vietnam Conflict
  • VIETNAM WAR. THE VIRTUAL WALL. A digital, interactive legacy memorializing the men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. Search engine. Guest columns.

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