Danny Joe Fries

Army of the United States
13 November 1949 - 22 July 1970
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Danny Joe Fries

15 Nov 2001

You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your Country, your life!
You will never, ever be forgotten!!!!!

Love from your Family

Placed by his nephew,
Bobby Steinhoff
5420 S. 110th Plaza #363, Omaha, Nebraska 68137

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Medics usually are assigned to a battalion's Headquarters Company and then internally reassigned to a line company. Corporal Danny J. Fries was serving with A Co, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry.

Hill 927 was located 20 miles due west of Hue and about 7 miles northeast of the northern end of the A Shau Valley. The 1st Cavalry Division built Fire Support Base Carol on Hill 927 in 1968, and it was used by elements of the 101st Airborne as early as January 1969. The position was of considerable importance because it lay only 5 miles north of Hill 1615, also known as Co Pung Mountain or "The Warehouse", wherein was hidden a major logistics complex which supported the North Vietnamese Army's 29th and 803rd Regiments.

Hill 927 was abandoned, then reopened by ground assault on 11 Apr 1970. Elements of the 101st Airborne took up residence in what was now known as Fire Support Base Ripcord and proceeded to make life miserable for the NVA commands in and around the Co Pung. This situation elicited a violent response from the NVA leading to the "Siege of FSB Ripcord" in June-July 1970. The three-week period covering the siege cost the 101st Airborne 75 killed and 345 wounded in action before FSB Ripcord was again abandoned on 23 July 1970.

Hill 805, which lies 1.5 kilometers east-southeast of FSB Ripcord, was the location of heavy fighting throughout much of July. On 21 July, "D" Company, 1/506th Infantry, lost five men there; on the 22nd "A" Company, 2/506, lost 12 men in a brutal fight:

  • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 319th Artillery
    • 2LT Steven A. Olson, Chamblee, GA (F/O with A/2/28)

  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry:
    • 1LT William A. Pahissa, Tucson, AZ
    • SSG John W. Kreckel, Milwaukee, WI (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SSG Gerald B. Singleton, Indio, CA
    • SGT Mark G. Draper, Finly, IN (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/506)
    • SGT Harvey R. Neal, South Boston, VA (DoW 07/27/1970)
    • SGT Thomas R. Schultz, Pittsburgh, PA
    • CPL John M. Babich, Franklin Grove, IL
    • CPL Virgil M. Bixby, Iowa City, IA
    • CPL Robert J. Brown, Buffalo, NY
    • CPL Danny J. Fries, Council Bluffs, IA (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/506)
    • SP4 Robert M. Journell, Salem, VA
    • SP4 Donald J. Severson, Superior, WI
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memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his nephew,
Bobby Steinhoff
5420 S. 110th Plaza #363, Omaha, Nebraska 68137
15 Nov 2001

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