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Killed In Action, Missing In Action, & Died In Service
Richard Arthur Akin
PFC Akin died in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam on 9/3/1968 during the Vietnam War - Ben Cui as a member of Charlie Company . The soldier's injury type or status was recorded as 'Gun, Small Arms Fire'. Akin originated from Albany, Oregon .
On September 03, 1968, at 1715 hours, Company C was engaged by enemy troops along Highway 239 between XT 4545 and 4645. During the course of the engagement the company received RPG, mortar and small arms fire. In the initial outbreak, one APC was hit and destroyed. At 1820 hours, another APC was hit by RPG fire and also one towing a downed APC was hit. Helicopter Light Fire Teams, artillery fire and Super Spooky Gunships were utilized in suppressing the enemy fire along with the organic weapons of Company C. At 2006 hours, Company B moved out of Dau Tieng to the edge of the Ben Cui on Highway 239. At 2155 hours, Company A moved from the west gate to the edge of the rubber. Company A passed through Company B and proceeded through the area of contact and back again. During the evening’s engagement 33 Bobcats were wounded and one Bobcat from Company C died from the wounds he received. There were also two men wounded from the 65th Engineer Battalion.