Cecil R Hobbs, Jr

Army of the United States
10 March 1948 - 04 April 1968
Wyandotte, Michigan
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Cecil R Hobbs, Jr

15 Apr 2004

Sergeant Hobbs was a truly unique individual. A skilled soldier who cared deeply about his soldiers and his unit. He was scheduled to go on leave and get married after the mission on which he died. I asked our company commander to allow him to stay back but was denied.

I was Sergeant Hobbs' platoon leader when he was killed. Our platoon was pinned down by enemy snipers. Suddenly, we had a wounded soldier out in front of our lines. Sergeant Hobbs came to me and said he could get the wounded soldier and I said OK, but keep low. Shortly thereafter, he was brought back to me wounded and I ordered his immediate evacuation. For all these years, I've so deeply wished I had said no to him.

May God bless him and protect him for all eternity.

From his Platoon Leader,
Monte G. Euler
Colonel, U S Army

01 Mar 2007

Cecil Hobbs Jr. was my uncle. I never had a chance to meet him due to the fact that I wasn't born till the 80s. But this brings me great joy to see him honored.

From his niece,
Candyce Bailey

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Sergeant Hobbs was one of twelve men killed in action on 04-05 April 1968 while Alpha and Bravo Companies, 4/47th Infantry, were operating in the Truc Giang District of Kien Hoa Province, a traditional haven for the Viet Cong. The twelve men were
  • SSG Ernest A. Lang, Jacksonville, FL
  • SSG Fred Young, Greensboro, NC
  • SGT Cecil R. Hobbs, Wyandotte, MI
  • SGT Vance A. Berry, Amarillo, TX
  • SGT Robert E. Girsch, Skokie, IL
  • SGT Bruce Tortorici, Van Nuys, CA
  • CPL Carl E. Hosnander, Holden, MA
  • CPL Norman E. Small, Alden, KS
  • SP4 Roger E. Ward, Spring Lake, MI
  • PFC Douglas G. Bailey, Rutherfordton, NC
  • PFC Douglas D. McMahon, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • PFC John R. Pierini, East Ely, NV

Sergeant Cecil Hobbs is remembered on the
Alpha 4/47 Memorial

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his Platoon Leader,
Colonel Monte G. Euler

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Apr 2004
Last updated 08/02/2007