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SGT Ward Gunard "Pop" Walter
C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade
Killed In Action ~ 29 November 1967 ~ Vietnam

Date and contributor of photograph unknown.

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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        The Military Assistance Command Vietnam / Army Of The Republic Of Vietnam (MACV / ARVN) outpost at Phuoc Cang on Highway QL-15 was coming under heavy enemy fire and the combined (A, B, and C company) ambush team was tasked with attempting to take the pressure off by flanking the Viet Cong positions. They were working their way south from the Finger of Land along Highway QL-15 several hundred yards or so away from the outpost. For some time they had been able to see headlights approaching north from the direction of Bear Cat.

        The ambush team hunkered down alongside the roadway berm preparing to move to their left and engage the VC who had no idea they were there. They waited for the vehicle to pass so its headlights would not expose their position. The vehicle turned out to be a gun jeep from the 9th Infantry Division. The men in the jeep must have spotted movement because they opened fire as they passed by the ambush teams location, then continued down the highway towards Long Binh Post.

        Three rounds from the jeep machine gun passed through the M-16 magazines that were hung in bandoleers across SGT Walter's chest.

        SGT Walter age 50, was transported to the 24th Evacuation Hospital but died from the wounds before he arrived. SGT Walter had thirty days in country when he died.

Photograph taken in early November 1967 Courtesy of SP/4 Richard G. Silver C Company 1967-1968.

     SGT Walter was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart Medal. .

     Sometime after his death the Battalion movie theater on Long Binh Post was named the SGT "Pop" Walter Memorial Theater.

--- General / Personal ---
Last name: WALTER
First name: WARD GUNARD
Home of Record (official): MINOT
State (official): ND
Date of Birth: Saturday,
October 13, 1917
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: SGT
Serial Number: 17270251
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E5
MOS : 95B40

--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Monday, October 30, 1967
Date of Casualty: Wednesday,
November 29, 1967
Age at time of loss: 50
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire
(Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Bien Hoa
The Vietnam Wall Memorial: Panel 31E - Row 008


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