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SFC Frank Alloysius "Pappy" Condon
C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade

Killed In Action ~ 6 June 1968 ~ Vietnam


They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some meaning.

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI

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        During the hot afternoon of Thursday, 6 June 1968, SFC Frank Alloysius "Pappy" Condon, age 47, of Augusta, Georgia, and SP/4 Lewis Randolph Lovell, Jr., age 21, of Martinsville, Virginia, both of C Company, were conducting a motorized jeep patrol outside the southern border of Long Binh Post and the Battalion Tactical Area Of Responsibility on Highway 317.

        SP/4 Lovell the driver, proceeded east along Highway 317 to the vicinity of Long Binh Post Gate-11, and turned right onto Highway QL15 (south) where he left the paved roadway and traveled west out along a dirt trail in an area referred to as "The Finger of Land ." located in the Battalion Tactical Area of Responsibility.

        The trail, approximately 400 yards long, ran east and west parallel to the southern perimeter of the post and is approximately 300 yards south of the perimeter. The area was unpopulated and classified as a"free fire zone."

        Approximately half way down the trail the jeep ran over a large pressure detonated Viet Cong land mine, believed to have been made from a 105 howitzer round.

        Both men died instantly from the powerful explosion.  Their remains and those of the jeep were recovered by a C Company Reaction Force rushed to the area.

SFC Condon's Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Unit Citation), Purple Heart Medal,  National Defense Service Medal,  Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Republic of South Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60's Bar. 
        SFC Condon was a "D" Day veteran of the 1st Infantry Division during WWII, and had served as a military policeman for 23 of his 27 years of service. His decoration display above is only of those awards he qualified for during his tour in Vietnam.

        On 10 June 1968, at 0800 hours memorial services were held at the 89th MP Group Chapel for SFC Condon and SP/4 Lovell. (program above) The eulogy was given by the Battalion Commander, LTC Zane V. Kortum. Courtesy of SP/5, Ronald C. Henselman, C Company, 720th MP Battalion, October 1967 to October 1968.


--- General / Personal ---
Last name: CONDON
Home of Record (official): AUGUSTA
State (official): GA
Date of Birth: Monday, December 6, 1920
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Married

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: SFC
Serial Number: 12026233
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E7
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code) 95B40

--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Thursday, November 2, 1967
Date of Casualty: Thursday, June 6, 1968
Age at time of loss: 47
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)
Country: South Vietnam
Province: Bien Hoa

The Wall: Panel 60W - Row 027


        In June 1968 Major General Karl W. Gustafson, The Provost Marshal General, presented to Mrs. Cristel D. Condon of Augusta, Georgia, a Purple Heart Medal awarded posthumously to her husband. The presentation was made during ceremonies at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Accompanying Mrs. Condon was her son, Army PVT Frank P. Condon. Photograph Courtesy of the MP Journal, July 1969


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