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PFC John Edward Davis
615th MP Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group
18th MP Brigade

Line Of Duty Casualty ~ 13 December 1967 ~ 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

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI


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        On Wednesday, 13 December 1967, the 32nd day of his tour, PFC Davis age 18 was on board one of two 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division riverine airboats conducting a patrol on the Buong River  in the 720th MP Battalion Tactical Area of Responsibility in Bien Hoa Province, III Corps Tactical Zone, South Vietnam.

        Both boats turned off the Buong River into a small cove at Grid Coordinates YT039034. The lead air boat on which PFC Davis was a crew member made a sharp turn to exit the cove, the trailing air boat, unable to take evasive actions, rammed the rear end broadside.

        The impact occurred where PFC Davis was sitting next to the fan cage causing him severe injuries that resulted in his death.

His name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. : Panel 31E - Row 087
    PFC Davis graduated from North Platt High School in 1967, and before shipping out to South Vietnam he married Linda Vierson on 6 November 1967.
     He was survived by his wife Linda, mother Mrs. Winnie Davis, four sisters and two brothers.
     Uniformed pallbearers from Fort Riley, Kansas assisted at the services, and PFC Davis was laid to rest with full military honors at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
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