Jake Harold Van Meter, JrStaff Sergeant
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
08 May 1943 - 07 October 1967
Slatyfork, West Virginia
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The database page for Jake Harold Van Meter, Jr
I was already in-country when Jake arrived, we took a liking to each other from the start. He was older than me so he treated me like his younger brother. Jake was one hell of a nice guy to know. During Operation Ia Drang II we were ambushed by the NVA. I had my radio shot off my back and thanks to Jake I am still alive to talk about it.
ALL of us in my unit walked through our little piece of Hell together as BROTHERS. In my mind that is the way it should be.
Jake was awarded the Silver Star for the action that cost him his life. I know he went down fighting. God bless you, Jake.
From a friend and fellow combat veteran,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 07 Oct 1967 C Company, 1/5th Cavalry, lost four men during a patrol engagement near Bong Son:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Feb 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009