Nestor Lorenzo Argenzio

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
14 July 1941 - 12 October 1965
New York, New York
Panel 02E Line 119


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Nestor Lorenzo Argenzio

30 May 2006

I'm here to pay tribute to the uncle I never got to know.
Life is not about the end result, but instead the journey.

I will always be proud to carry the Argenzio name, and you will always inspire me throughout my journey.

With love and thanks to you and your fallen brothers,
Juan Jose Argenzio Jr.
5102 18th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 10 October 1965, in "Operation Shiny Bayonet", the 1st Cavalry Division initiated their first brigade-size airmobile action against the enemy. A combined U.S.-South Vietnamese force attempted to trap elements of the NVA 325th Infantry (Song Lo) Division in the Suai Ca River valley about 275 miles northeast of Saigon near An Khe in Binh Dinh Province. The 1st Cav air assault task force consisted of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 7th Cavalry; 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry; 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry and the 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery.

Eleven 1st Cav troopers died during the action:

  • HQ Company, 15th Medical Bn
    • CPT Charles F. Kane, Collingdale, PA

  • 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SSG Theodore R. Chambley, Buffalo, NY, "B" Company
    • SGT Harold M. Hambrick, Los Angeles, CA, "A" Company
    • SP4 Nestor L. Argenzio, New York, NY, "B" Company
    • PFC Edward A. Malewicz, Scotia, NY, "B" Company
    • PFC Terry T. Wright, Fort Wayne, IN, "D" Company

  • 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SGT William C. Harper, Memphis, TN, "B" Company
    • SP5 Gene W. Williams, Birmingham, AL, HQ Company
    • SP4 Fred Toins, Flint, MI, "B" Company
    • PFC William R. Romano, Lombard, IL, "B" Company
    • PFC James C. Ward, Milwaukee, WI, "B" Company

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his nephew,
Juan Jose Argenzio Jr.
5102 18th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 May 2006
Last updated 06/10/2006