Gary D Byford

Private First Class
Army of the United States
28 March 1945 - 21 November 1966
Roundup, Montana
Panel 12E Line 098

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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28 Feb 2001

Byford ....

Tho' there were many who were closer friends to you than I, I truly regreted to hear of your untimely death ... I often think from time to time about the good times we all had together before you went into the service.

I know that Clint & Verlaine, Tom & Darlene, Bob O., Tim A. & Don A. all missed you a great deal after your death ... and quite likely still do.

I know you were doing what you felt you had to do ... I hope, somehow, your efforts made a difference. May you rest in eternal peace ... perhaps you and Bob O. and Don A. are still together ... I hope so.

Sincerely .. G.V.

A friend from college days, 1963/64,
Gary Vaughan
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On 21 November 1966, C Company, 1/5th Cavalry, was engaged by enemy forces while operating along the Cambodian border in Kontum Province, SVN. Charlie 1/5 lost 32 men killed in action in the battle:
  • SFC Bobby W. Letbetter, Goldthwaite, TX
  • SSG Charles K. Malone, Danville, PA
  • SSG Max M. Woodsmall, Elnora, IN
  • SGT Theodore A. Alkire, Ridgeley, WV
  • SP4 Norman C. Farris, Springfield, MA (Bronze Star "V")
  • SP4 Eugene E. Mitchell, Scottsboro, AL
  • SP4 James E. Smythe, Reeds Spring, MO
  • SP4 Wilbert Stewart, Baltimore, MD
  • SP4 Lester E. Unger, Centerville, OH
  • SP4 Donald G. Vernon, Ocala, FL
  • PFC Gary D. Byford, Roundup, MT
  • SP4 Louis Castillo, Chicago, IL (Medic, HHC with C/1/5)
  • PFC Eduardo Chavez, Santa Paula, CA
  • PFC John M. Dalton, Chicago, IL (Silver Star)
  • PFC Carlito L. Dorsey, Seaside, CA
  • PFC John L. Godfrey, Ligonier, IN
  • PFC Ralls Hawkins, Macon, GA
  • PFC Charles L. Hicks, Hazard, KY
  • PFC Harvey Johnson, Madison Heights, VA
  • PFC Marion E. Johnson, Milledgeville, GA
  • PFC Carroll H. Jones, Richmond, VA
  • PFC Arnold R. Krasnoff, New York, NY
  • PFC Gamaliel Marcano-diaz, Bayamon, PR
  • PFC Larry D. Naasz, Roundup, MT
  • PFC Joseph L. Rabon, Charleston Heights, SC
  • PFC Edward J. Scahill, Randolph, MA
  • PFC Samuel W. Smith, Baltimore, MD
  • PFC Andrew L. Stephens, Livingston, TX
  • PFC Clifford R. Stout, Trenton, NJ
  • PFC Alvin B. Tucker, Nashville, NC
  • PFC George A. Turner, Mulga, AL (Arty FO, B/1/77th Arty with C/1/5)
  • PFC John F. Waden, Malden, MA

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a friend from college days, 1963/64,
Gary Vaughan
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Feb 2001
Last updated 11/14/2006