Terry Alan McCarthy

Private First Class
Army of the United States
14 July 1949 - 11 May 1969
San Diego, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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12 May 2007

I babysat for you when you were able to sit for yourself but not for your little sisters. Such a help you were - and such a nice young boy. God bless you, honey! Estelle

From a friend,
Estelle Valonis Brennan
481 Bonnie Brook Place, Hd, NV 89112

A Note from The Virtual Wall

"The Oasis" was located at Thanh An, about 24 kilometers south-southwest of Pleiku. On 11 Nov 1969 it was occupied by Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and a variety of troop elements.

Shortly after midnight on the night of 10/11 May 1969 The Oasis was struck by a battalion of NVA troops. The attack was initiated against a part of the defensive perimeter manned by soldiers from the 366th Aviation Support Detachment, an air traffic control unit. SP5 Edward Barlow and SP4 Malcolm Bell were in a defensive bunker hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near the outset; Bell was killed and Barlow wounded by the round.

The after-action report indicates ten US soldiers were killed in the action, one (SSG Thomas Bumgarner) died three days later, and three were missing in action. The eleven men who died were

  • HQ Troop, 1st Sqdn, 10th Cavalry
    • SP5 William S. Slaughter, Arlington, VA
    • SP5 Larry L. Weeden, Mill Creek, IN
    • SP4 Gerald D. Jerde, Ottawa, IL
    • SGT George H. Jules, New York, NY

  • 366th Avn Spt Det, 165th Avn Group
    • SFC Mills Beale, Franklin, VA
    • SSG Thomas E. Bumgarner, West Sacramento, CA (DoW 05/14/1969)
    • SP5 Edward A. Barlow, Hebron, KY
    • SP4 Malcolm F. Bell, Milligan, FL

  • D Btry, 5th Bn, 16th Artillery
    • PFC Michael A. Schroeder, Mason City, IA

  • D Co, 4th Eng Bn
    • PFC Terry A. McCarthy, San Diego, CA

  • D Btry, 4th Bn, 60th Artillery
    • PFC John R. McLaughlin, Scranton, PA
The three men missing were from the 1st Sqdn, 10th Cavalry. They had been captured; all survived and were repatriated on 27 March 1973:
  • SP4 Lenard E. Daugherty, The Rock, GA
  • SP4 Thomas T. Horio, Honolulu, HI
  • SP4 Juan L. Jacquez, Santa Fe, NM

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009