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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Birth:
20 Jul 1947 1
Death:
15 Feb 1968 1
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Full Name:
Lester Freeman 1
Birth:
20 Jul 1947 1
Male 1
Death:
15 Feb 1968 1
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 15 Feb 1968 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: New York, NY 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Battalion:
2nd Bn 1
Company:
A Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 1
Grade:
E3 1
Major Command:
25th Inf Div 1
Regiment:
22nd Infantry 1
Service:
Army 1
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
16 Dec 1967 1
Years Served:
0 1
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Religion:
Lutheran (also Missouri Synod) 1
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 47 1
Panel: 39E 1

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Ambush at Thien Ngon

Thien Ngon, Vietnam

On February 15, 1968, The Viet Cong ambushed a mine sweeping detail that PFC Lester Freeman was defending.  His unit, Co A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, was a mechanized unit and traveled in Armored Personal Carriers. (APC)  The VC Lite-up one of the APC with a RPG and I think PFC Freeman was on/in the APC.  He was one of 4 men killed from Co A, 2/22nd on that day. 

I commanded the Combat Engineer Company, Co B, 588th Engrs, and 4 Engineers were also killed in the ambush.  Read Kenneth Lege Fulton Biography for details of the ambush.  The place where the ambush occurred in 22 miles north, northwest of Tay Ninh City at a place we called Thien Ngon.  At the road intersections of QL 22 and 783, you can still see the remains of the Special Forces 5 pointed star camp on Google Earth.  This was the reason we were there.

God Bless the Freeman Family and Friends.  I am writing this exactly 42 years after the ambush on February 15, 2010.  (2010 - 1968 = 42 years)  Every February 15th is a special rememberance day for me.  Timothy Richards, CPT CE (Ret)

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