Francis G Patton

Private First Class
Army of the United States
06 December 1945 - 13 May 1969
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Panel 25W Line 108

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Francis G Patton

18 Feb 2001

My brother was killed in Vietnam, and I would be proud to have his information listed on your site.

His name was PFC Francis G. Patton from Upper Darby, PA. He was assigned to the Americal Division, C Company, 3rd Bn., 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

He was killed in an ambush while his unit was enroute to reinforce an outpost that was being attacked.

The date was May 13, 1969, and he is listed on Panel 24W.

William Patton
230 S. Nassau Drive, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, lost eleven men on 13 May 1969 - ten killed and one missing in action. The engagement began when one element of the battalion was attacked and exacerbated when a relief force was ambushed while en route to assist the first element. The ten men killed in the engagements were
  • A Company:
    • SFC Domingo F. Morado, San Antonio, TX
    • SP4 David F. Bukowski, West Islip, NY
    • CPL Teddy R. Moore, Shinnston, WV

  • C Company:
    • SP4 Martin L. Damitio, Olympia, WA
    • PFC John V. Folger, Bayonne, NJ
    • PFC Jerome K. Lukas, Caledonia, MI
    • PFC Francis G. Patton, Upper Darby, PA
    • PFC Alan C. Ward, Cincinnati, OH

  • D Company:
    • PFC Raymond L. Williams, Alexandria, VA

  • HQ Company:
    • SP4 Felix G. Gonzales, Luling, TX (medic)
The missing soldier was SP4 Larry D. Aiken of Jamaica, NY, assigned to C Company. According to the POW Network, the US conducted 119 separate POW recovery missions during the war but only one resulted in the recovery of an American soldier - SP4 Aiken was recovered from a Viet Cong camp during a raid conducted on 10 July 1969, but he died in an American hospital on 25 July 1969 days later of wounds inflicted by his captors just before his rescue.

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