Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr

Private First Class
Army of the United States
08 August 1947 - 04 March 1968
Vancouver, Washington
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Prentis B. Boykin

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23 June 2001

I grew up with Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr. I first met Prentis at the try out field of the Columbia (Vancouver, WA) Little League in 1962. He was the catcher and I was the pitcher. He had played for the Yankees and was about to be picked for the majors for OK Rubber Tires. I was younger than Prentis, so I had to stay with the minors, going from pitching for the Dodgers to pitching for the Yankees. PRENTIS had another good friend, Dale Anderson, who also played catcher. I also attended McLoughlin Junior High School (1962-63) and Hudson's Bay High School (1964-65) with Prentis.

The loss of Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr, was felt all over Vancouver, Washington. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forever more!

Your good friend,
Greg Payne

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D Company, 16th Armor Regiment, provided an airborne anti-tank capability to the 173rd Airborne Brigade with its M-56 self-propelled 90mm "Scorpion" guns. On 04 March 1968 the company lost eight men:
  • SP5 Gary D. Hall, Vernal, UT
  • SP5 Robert H. Walker, Spur, TX
  • SP4 Robert W. Abernathy, Rockville, MD
  • PFC Terrence W. Achor, Whittier, CA
  • PFC Prentis B. Boykin, Vancouver, WA
  • PFC Willie F. Foster, Anderson, SC
  • PFC William P. Mason, Horsham, PA (Medic from HHC, 173rd Abn Bde)
  • PVT Roberto P. Rios, San Angelo, TX

Army Pfc. Boykin is casualty

The death of Army Pfc. Prentis B. Boykin Jr., 20, as the result of wounds received in action while serving in Vietnam was reported today. According to an Army spokesman, the soldier died in Vietnam 4 Mar (1968) as the result of wounds suffered during a firefight with enemy forces. He was a member of Company D, 16th Armor, 173rd Airborne Division. Boykin was the eighth member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in the Vietnam War this year, while only one death had been reported at this same point in 1967. His was the 29th death of a county resident or former resident since the war began, nine more than during the Korean War. Boykin was graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and entered the Army here 1 Nov (1966). He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Prentis B. Boykin Sr., 2913 E. Fourteenth Court.

The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 8 Mar 1968

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his good friend,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058 
23 Jun 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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