Erwin John Harder

Corporal
D CO, 5TH BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
27 February 1948 - 29 April 1969
Mountain Lake, Minnesota
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1 CAV DIV

7TH CAV RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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17 Oct 2005

It was a cold December Saturday afternoon in Southwest Minnesota in 1968. Dad and I went to the church to shovel snow off the sidewalks and parking lot and I wasn't happy about 2 hours of hard labor. Erwin showed up, just back from basic training in Fort Lewis, WA after being drafted in the fall of 1968. He spent some of his last days at home shoveling snow with dad and I. He didn't say much that afternoon - he just worked. That was his unassuming character, I guess. He left for Viet Nam in mid-January, 1969.

Erwin died in Tay Ninh province in South Viet Nam from a night mortar attack on April 29, 1969. We had his funeral at church with his High School graduation picture on the casket with the American Flag. There is so much more to Erwin's life, his faith, athletic achievements, his dedication to family and friends. I'm sorry for writing so short a tribute to him.

You are not forgotten and your sacrifice is honored each Veterans' Day in our home.

From a friend.



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