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PFC Charles "Chuck" DeWayne Damsgard
C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade

Killed In Action ~ 8 December 1966 ~ 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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        On Thursday, 8 December 1966, PFC Charles DeWayne Damsgard, age 20, from St. Paul, Minnesota, 1st Platoon, C Company, became the 720th MP Battalion’s first casualty in Vietnam.

     PFC Damsgard was killed by small arms fire while performing night ambush duties outside the perimeter of the 3rd Ordnance Ammunition Supply Depot, Long Binh Post in Bien Hoa Province.

     PFC Damsgard responded to a radio inquiry from the Battalion Tactical Operations Command to determine the nature of the firing from another ambush site next to his teams.

     Unable to contact the other site by radio he proceeded to the neighboring teams location. In the darkness he accidentally wandered into their kill zone and was mistaken for the enemy. A burst of fire from the ambush site fatally wounded him.

Photographs courtesy of the Damsgard family.

--- General / Personal ---
Last name: DAMSGARD
Home of Record (official): ST PAUL
State (official): MN
Date of Birth: Sunday, January 20, 1946
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

PFC Chuck Damsgard waiting by his armored gun jeep, Vietnam 1966.

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: PFC
Serial Number: 55848964
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 95B10

Chuck Damsgard pre military high school graduation photograph.

--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Saturday, October 1, 1966
Date of Casualty: Thursday, December 8, 1966
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Misadventure (possibly friendly fire) (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Bien Hoa
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