Army Sergeant / Specialist Five - Pay grade E4 Posthumous Promotion
Killed in action November 11, 1970 by ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile, died of wounds in Bien Hoa South Vietnam. The body was recovered.
Home of record was VOLANT, PA. Born November 26, 1948 age at death 21. A Caucasian Male,
Single. Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
CAACF Record Number : 196386651
More information on November 9th, 1970
I do have some pictures of 3 people on the wall, how ever after 25 years there isn't a whole lot of their life history I can tell you. The first picture is of Francis William Harter. It is a very special picture. When it was taken little did I know that 3 hours later he would get killed. He is the red head kneeling down petting the puppy. A few hours later the rest of the squad had headed out to an ambush location with 5 Arvn soldiers. On the way there they walked into an ambush. (which we believe was set up by the 2 Arvn's walking point since we never found them, believing that they went over to the other side). Also killed that night was Randall Lee Ellis he is in the second picture standing in the back row left. He was our squad leader. The third is of Ronald J. Di Bartolomeo who lived for 2 days after the ambush. Randy and Fran Died on Nov. 9, 1970, Ron died on the 11th. We were all in Co. B 1/5th Mech, 25th Infantry Div. November 9th 1970 was without a doubt the very worst day of my life and these three great people are to this day my hero's. I will remember them always!