Danny Joe Mitchell

Private First Class
Army of the United States
22 October 1947 - 25 August 1968
Marmet, WV
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Danny Joe Mitchell

5 Mar 2003

We finally know the truth of your death in battle. You will never be forgotten by us. May you rest in peace knowing that I never forgot you all these years. I remember the uncle that I had as a child, and the man that gave his life so we, his family, could be free ...

From his nephew,
Steven Mitchell

12 Feb 2004

I knew Danny from the day he was born and recently found the memorial on the internet.

Our families were neighbors, his sister Phyliss was my precious friend all my life and will be till death do us part.

Danny was a great kid, loving, mischievious, and very handsome. My mother once cared for him when he was very ill because that is how we were all raised, as family rather than neighbors.

Unfortunately I never knew Danny the adult who gave his young precious life for America.

So many times I visit his grave and wonder why?

Danny will live in the hearts of everyone who knew him especially mine.

Thank you, my precious Danny, for giving us the opportunity to live in freedom.

Your friend,
Dreama Workman Lake
564 Leo St, Dayton, Ohio

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In a guerilla war there are no "rear areas", and there were none in Vietnam. The maneuver battalions and aviation units required tremendous amounts of resupply, and the transportation units delivered it - frequently along roads which were not secure from enemy attack.

On 25 August 1968 units of the 48th Transportation Group were running a resupply convoy from Long Binh to Tay Ninh, where Allied units were heavily engaged with NVA and VC forces. Near Ap Nhi the convoy was anbushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. At least seven American troops died in the engagement, and one of them - Sergeant William W. Seay - received a posthumous Medal of Honor. The Citation gives a sense of what occurred:

"As the main elements of the convoy entered the ambush killing zone, they were struck by intense rocket, machinegun and automatic weapon fire from the well concealed and entrenched enemy force. When his convoy was forced to stop, SGT Seay immediately dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the violent North Vietnamese assault approached to within 10 meters of the road, SGT Seay opened fire, killing 2 of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree approximately 75 meters to his front and killed him. When an enemy grenade was thrown under an ammunition trailer near his position, without regard for his own safety he left his protective cover, exposing himself to intense enemy fire, picked up the grenade, and threw it back to the North Vietnamese position, killing 4 more of the enemy and saving the lives of the men around him. Another enemy grenade landed approximately 3 meters from SGT Seay's position. Again SGT Seay left his covered position and threw the armed grenade back upon the assaulting enemy. After returning to his position he was painfully wounded in the right wrist; however, SGT Seay continued to give encouragement and direction to his fellow soldiers. After moving to the relative cover of a shallow ditch, he detected 3 enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position and were preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, SGT Seay stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing all 3 and saving the lives of the other men in his location. ... SGT Seay was mortally wounded by a sniper's bullet."
The seven men known to have died in the ambush are
  • 86th Transportation Company
    • SP4 William C. Lawson, Happy Camp, CA
    • SP4 Claude F. Vaughn, McRae, GA
    • PFC Paul H. Pirkola, Calumet, MI

  • 10th Transportation Company
    • PFC Arden G. Sonnenberg, Kenosha, WI

  • 62nd Transportation Company
    • SGT William W. Seay, Pensacola, FL (Medal of Honor)
    • SP4 Eugene Turner, Los Angeles, CA
    • PFC Danny J. Mitchell, Marmet, WV

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