Daniel Ray Twitty

Private First Class
Army of the United States
30 July 1948 - 06 April 1968
Sacramento, California
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


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09 Apr 2006

Daniel Ray Twitty, the third born of four children of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Twitty, was born July 30, 1948. He had one older brother, Michael, and two sisters, Patricia and Connie. Dan attended Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California, his freshman year and Encina High School his last three years of high school. He was known as a fighter who was fiercely loyal to his friends and classmates. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast. Leaving school before his 1967 graduation, Dan volunteered for the draft in March of that year. His basic training was at Fort Polk, Louisiana. When he completed paratrooper training, his father�s World War II paratrooper wings were pinned on Dan during the graduation ceremonies.

He was airlifted to Vietnam in December 1967 as a Private First Class with Company A, Second Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. At age 19, on April 6, 1968 in Quang Tri, Dan was killed during a mortar barrage, the last day of the Communist siege there. Burial was at Golden Gate National Cemetery (Section S, Site 1212) in San Bruno. In honor of Dan�s memory, a niece born the following year was named Dani as well as a nephew who was named Daniel born in 1971.

From a schoolmate,
Kathie Kloss Marynik
Granite Bay, CA

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"A" Company, 2/501st Infantry, lost eleven men on 06 Apr 1968 during operations against NVA forces in Quang Tri Province:
  • PSGT Jose Brenes-Escobar, Salinas, PR
  • SSG Joseph S. Nitka, Philadelphia, PA
  • SSG Donald L. Wall, Garner, NC
  • SGT Ivan R. Febo-Betancourt, New York, NY
  • SGT Lee A. Bowden, Lumberton, NC
  • SP4 Richard M. Bargar, Novelty, OH
  • SP4 Robert E. Cook, Overland, MO
  • PFC Paul P. Davis, Cincinnati, OH
  • PFC James E. Silfee, Uniondale, PA
  • PFC Alfred D. Smith, Rockville, MD
  • PFC Daniel R. Twitty, Sacramento, CA

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