Lanny Earl Hale

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
04 February 1943 - 08 February 1968
Plano, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lanny Earl Hale

28 May 2001

Jesus died for my sins on the cross,
you died for my freedom on the battlefield.

There are not enough words to say
what that means to me.

From his cousin,
Vicky Hale Douglas

12 February 2002

I remember the day and the moment I learned Lanny had become a casualty. I found my mother sitting in the kitchen crying. She had taken the call from a relative. The Vietnam war had finally come home to the Hale family. The tears and pain I could see on her face were not only for a nephew that had made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, it was also a realization of what she feared was yet to come. Lanny's death had a sobering impact on my immediate family. One son had just returned from that terrible war and another had just arrived in Vietnam. She knew that within a year, two more of her sons would likely be there. My parents knew how lucky they had been once. It was unlikely they could be so fortunate three more times.

September 11 has caused us all to think about how we obtained and have been able to hang on to our way of life. Those that gave their life in Vietman contributed to sustaining our freedom the same as those that gave their life in other wars. Lanny did his duty and served his country. My family will never forget.

From a cousin,
Ronnie Hale

24 May 2004

Lanny was one of seventeen brave young heroes from my small rural home of Collin County, Texas, who never came home from Vietnam. He was one of 32 soldiers and Marines who died on the afternoon of 8 Feb 1968 in the fierce and bloody Battle of Lo Giang. Just like the men and boys from here who have fought and died from the Texas Revolution and the Civil War, through the World Wars and Korea, he died bravely while doing his duty, fighting for freedom. It's a shame that the good die young. From one fellow warrior to another, God bless you, my brother.

From a brother warrior,
Ronnie D. Foster, USMC
P O Box 603, McKinney, Texas 75070

07 Mar 2007

Lanny Hale and I were classmates in a class of only 30 or so students. I married very young, and had 3 children right away. I had moved away from the Collin County area, and had lost touch with my classmates.

My family all still lived there, and I heard all the local news from them. I remember very well when I heard the tragic news that Lanny was one of the many brave young men to give their lives on the altar of our freedom. I could not believe that Lanny was lost to us. He was so full of life, such a nice guy. And so smart!! I have wondered over the years, what he might have accomplished, if God had granted him more time on this earth.

I am grateful for this web site, to be able to voice my sadness at such a great loss, and to honor Lanny as he should be honored, for the sacrifice that he and his family made on all of our behalf!

Evelyn (White) Myers

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 08 Feb 1968 nineteen men from Alpha Company, 1/6th Infantry, died in heavy fighting near Lo Giang hamlet just south of Danang:
  • PFC Amos H. Boutwell, Marianna, FL
  • 2LT Joseph B. Bowman, Roanoke, VA (Dist Svc Cross)
  • SP4 Alberto Carrasquillo-Denton, Santurce, PR
  • PFC Franklin Clovis, Cedartown, GA
  • SP4 Ralph A. Dahm, Iron Ridge, WI
  • SP4 George R. Denslow, Boonville, NY
  • SP4 Brian F. Durr, Whitesboro, NY
  • PFC Robert L. Dykes, Tifton, GA
  • SSG Ramon H. Gonzalez, Newburgh, NY (Silver Star)
  • SP4 Lanny E. Hale, Plano, TX
  • PFC Charles E. Hodge, Chicago, IL
  • SP4 John L. Jervis, Pitman, NJ
  • SP4 James L. Lopp, Scales Mound, IL (Silver Star)
  • SGT David L. McKinney, Richmond, VA
  • SP4 James E. Parker, Oak City, NC
  • PSGT John R. Poso, San Jose, CA (Silver Star)
  • SP4 Michael Pumillo, New York, NY
  • SP4 Rodney P. Troyer, Blackwell, OK
  • SP4 John A. Wilcox, Moultrie, GA
The Virtual Wall's Battle of Lo Giang page gives a description of the action and a full listing of the 54 US Marines, sailors, and soldiers who died at Lo Giang on 08-09 Feb 1968.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Vicky Hale Douglas

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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 May 2001
Last updated 08/03/2007