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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Birth:
09 Apr 1947 1
Death:
27 Dec 1966 1
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Full Name:
Donald Herman Lederhaus 1
Birth:
09 Apr 1947 1
Male 1
Death:
27 Dec 1966 1
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 1
Age at Death: 19 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 27 Dec 1966 1
Casualty Location: LZ Bird, The Crow's Foot - Kim Son River 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI 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:
Btry B 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E3 1
Major Command:
1st Cav Div 1
Regiment:
19th Artillery 1
Service:
Army 1
Specialty:
Field Artillery Basic (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
08 Jul 1966 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Religion:
Nazarene 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 85 1
Panel: 13E 1

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bonnie phillips
sister
1409 3rd ave n
escanaba, mi 49829 usa
loving brother
miss you so very much you are always with me
Friday, March 26, 2004



Merry Lederhaus/Marciniak
Marsupalamy@aol.com
my big brother
7007 N. 42nd street
Milwaukee, wi 53209 USA
To My Big Brother
To my big brother. I love you and your memory of your birthday will continue on, I have a grandaughter with your birthdate. She will be 4 this year
Saturday, March 27, 2004


Jennifer Klotz
tnjk2003@yahoo.com
sister
8311 hwy 13 south
wisconsin rapids, wi 54494 usa
you are missed
Dear Donald,you are in our hearts and our thought. God bless.we miss you .love your sister Jennifer.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004

  A Note from The Virtual Wall Landing Zone Bird was located in a bend in the Kim Son River about 10 miles southwest of Phu Cat in Binh Dinh Province. On 27 Dec 1966 the position was occupied by two artillery batteries (Bravo 2/19 with 105s and Charlie 6/16 with 155s) and C Company, 1/12 Cavalry. A ferocious fight ensued when LZ Bird was attacked by three battalions from the 22nd NVA Regiment.

Kelley's Where We Were in Vietnam incorrectly places the battle on Christmas Day, and has Charlie 2/12 Cav as the rifle company securing the base. He further reports that 58 Americans were killed in the battle, with 77 more wounded, at a cost to the North Vietnamese of 266 dead.

The US casualty list was bad enough - 28 men killed in action - but it is less than half that reported by Kelley:

    • Charlie 1/12th Cav lost 15 men;
    • Charlie 6/16th Arty lost 4 men;
    • Supporting helicopter units lost 2 men; and
    • B Battery, 2/19th Arty, lost 7 men:
      • SSG Rodney D. Staton, Guyan, WV
      • SGT Daniel L. Miracle, Williamstown, WV
      • CPL Ronald R. Conn, Tyler, TX
      • PFC Samuel Q. Asher, Milford, OH
      • PFC Anthony C. Coffaro, New Brunswick, NJ
      • PFC Richard A. Knaus, Cheektowaga, NY
      • PFC Donald H. Lederhaus, Milwaukee, WI

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