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PFC Roy William Neal
A Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade

Killed In Action ~ 28 May 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

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI veteran.



          On Tuesday, 28 May 1968,  SP/4 Dennis Rae Mason , age 20, of Argyle, Wisconsin, was driving an escort gun jeep involved in Operation Overtake on Highway 1A. PFC Roy William Neal , age 21, of Blountville, Tennessee, was the M-60 machine gunner and his passenger was  SSG John Herman Wilkens , age 26, the escort NCOIC.

        The escort was proceeding towards Saigon on Highway 1-A when at 2250 hours (10:50 PM) it was ambushed in an area nicknamed “Rocket Alley”, located between the Thu Duc Water Plant and the Newport Bridge.

        The Viet Cong fired two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG’s) and small arms fire at the MP gun jeep. One RPG round struck PFC Neal, the other the jeep, causing it to flip over and burst into flame.

        All three men died in the attack. It was later determined that SSG Wilkens had managed to empty one magazine from his M-16 rifle at the attackers before succumbing to his wounds.

Photo G1067 Above:

        On Memorial Day, 30 May 1968, at 0800 hours memorial services were held at the 89th MP Group Chapel for SSG Wilkens, SP/4 Mason, PFC Neal and PFC Flynn, C Company, who was killed in action 25 May.

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PVT Roy W. Neal at the MP School, Ft. Gordon, GA in 1967>


--- General / Personal ---
Last name: NEAL
First name: ROY WILLIAM
Home of Record (official): BLOUNTVILLE
State (official): TN
Date of Birth: Friday, November 8, 1946
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: PFC
Serial Number: 53756297
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 95B10

-- Action ---
Start of Tour: Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Date of Casualty: Tuesday, May 28, 1968
Age at time of loss: 21
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Burns (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Gia Dinh
The Wall: Panel 64W - Row 013

During a lighter moment, PFC Neal (in headlock) is horsing around in A Company with PFC Lawrence Whitlock. Courtesy of SP/4 Arthur Diaz, A Company, 720th MP Battalion, October 1967 to October 1968.


PFC Roy W. Neal Memorial Bridge, some gave all
examiner. com Knoxville, TN August 29th, 2010 3:31 am ET

     As a result of the Tennessee State Senate Bill No. 2855 and House Bill No. 2548.

     This past Saturday, 28 August 2010, a group of veterans, friends, family and government officials, all met at a bridge between the Tri-Cities Airport and the town of Blountville, TN. About Two Hundred people endured the heat of this summer day to show respect for the memory of one man. PFC Roy William Neal was a local hero who served in Vietnam. Vietnam had many brave heroes who endured the horrors of war, some still live with these memories to this day. Honor was shown this day, honor for a fallen Soldier, a local hero, and honor for those who served in Vietnam.


     Roy Neal was a former Blountville High School basketball star and student at Milligan College and East Tennessee State University. He was also a member of Blountville Christian Church.

     Forty two years after this local Soldiers death. This group of veterans, friends and family were here near Blountville to see Roy honored with the ‘PFC Roy W. Neal Memorial Bridge’ on Hwy 75 in Sullivan County. Among those at the Bridge were his sisters, Becky Haynes and Joyce Crosswhite. Becky said she credited the Vietnam Veterans of America post 979 for the work it took to get this bridge dedicated to her brother.

        Among those who attended the dedication were four veterans of A Company who served with PFC Neal.

      The four veterans of Alpha Company who served with PFC Neal in Vietnam standing on the bridge. Left to right: SP/4 (LTC Ret.) Steven W. Senkovich (VA), SP/4 Jerry Wagoner (IL), SP/4 Peter Schroeter (NJ), and SP/4 Robert F. Henslee (AL).


Roy's fellow veterans paid a further tribute to him  during a wreath laying at the cemetary by family members and friends.
Left to right: Joyce Neal-Crosswhite Roy's twin sister), Becky Neal-Haynes (sister), and Connie Gilley (family friend) at the cemetary.

     The dedication ceremony was conducted with the following: Vietnam Veterans of American chapter 979, Rolling Thunder Chapter 4, American Legion post 3, Citizen Soldiers, Inc. Chapter 1. The Reverend, Dr. Sammy Pucket, Blountville United Methodist Church and Pastor Johnny Mink of Riverview Baptist Church both did prayers.

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