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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Birth:
12 Oct 1947 2
Death:
07 Sep 1968 2
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Full Name:
Carl Nicholas M Horner 2
Birth:
12 Oct 1947 2
Male 2
Death:
07 Sep 1968 2
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 07 Sep 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: San Bernardino, CA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
E Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
Grade:
+ E3 2
Major Command:
101st Abn Div 2
Regiment:
187th Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
04 Mar 1968 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 62 2
Panel: 45W 2

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Carl (Nick) received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions on the date of his death.

SILVER STAR CITATION: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Carl Nicholas Mapes Horner (US-56712312), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division on 7 September 1968. Corporal Horner was serving as lead rifleman with a reconnaissance platoon on a heliborne operation near Trung Lap, Republic of Vietnam. Landing in an area of open rice paddies, the reconnaissance platoon immediately came under small arms fire from what was later estimated to be a battalion sized force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars hidden in a nearby woodline. Using fire and maneuver tactics, the platoon began moving across two hundred meters of open rice paddies toward a small mound about seventy-five meters from, and running parallel to, the woodline. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Horner repeatedly left positions of cover behind rice paddy dikes and crossed open terrain as he led the first squad. When the platoon reached the mound, Private First Class Horner fearlessly stood up and led the platoon in an aggressive assault on the woodline. Seven concealed enemy machine guns suddenly initiated fire. Surprised by this barrage of small arms, automatic weapons, and rocket propelled grenade fire, the platoon was forced to make maximum use of the limited available cover in the rice paddies. To draw the enemy's attention and fire to himself, Private First Class Horner repeatedly stood up and fired quick bursts at the enemy with his M-16 rifle. As a result, several of his comrades were able to pull back to more secure positions. Private First Class Horner then noticed a wounded comrade lying in an unprotected position near an enemy machine gun. He immediately charged into the open in an assault on the position. Although he was mortally wounded in the attempt, others were able to take advantage of the diversion to move the wounded man to safety. Private First Class Horner's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, General Orders No. 2383 (March 17, 1969) Home Town: San Bernardino, California

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Carl Nicholas Mapes Horner
Posted for: CARL NICHOLAS M HORNER:

Nick was drafted into the US Army, as were his two older brothers. He was the son of a retired Air Force Officer.

He volunteered for duty with Company E, 187th Infantry of the 101st Airborne while in Vietnam. He always did his best and volunteered for point duty while on reconnaissance patrols. He achieved this in his ultimate sacrifice receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for his heroic actions on September 7, 1968.

He will never be forgotten.
Posted by: Larry Horner (Photo Credit)
Email:
Relationship: He is my brother
Tuesday, July 17, 2001

CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR TO THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SOLDIER
Posted for: CARL NICHOLAS M HORNER:

CORPORAL

CARL NICHOLAS MAPES HORNER


COMPANY E

3rd BATTALION

187th INFANTRY REGIMENT

" RAKKASANS "

101st AIRBORNE DIVISION

" THE SCREAMING EAGLES "

CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

THE SILVER STAR

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Carl Nicholas Mapes Horner (US56712312), Corporal, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division on 7 September 1968. Corporal (then Private First Class) Horner was serving as lead rifleman with a reconnaissance platoon on a heliborne operation near Trung Lap, Republic of Vietnam. Landing in an area of open rice paddies, the reconnaissance platoon immediately came under small arms fire from what was later estimated to be a battalion sized force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars hidden in a nearby woodline. Using fire and maneuver tactics, the platoon began moving across two hundred meters of open rice paddies toward a small mound about seventy-five meters from, and running parallel to, the woodline. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Horner repeatedly left positions of cover behind rice paddy dikes and crossed open terrain as he led the first squad. When the platoon reached the mound, Private First Class Horner fearlessly stood up and led the platoon in an aggressive assault on the woodline. Seven concealed enemy machine guns suddenly initiated fire. Surprised by this barrage of small arms, automatic weapons, and rocket propelled grenade fire, the platoon was forced to make maximum use of the limited available cover in the rice paddies. To draw the enemy's attention and fire to himself, Private First Class Horner repeatedly stood up and fired quick bursts at the enemy with his M-16 rifle. As a result, several of his comrades were able to pull back to more secure positions. Private First Class Horner then noticed a wounded comrade lying in an unprotected position near an enemy machine gun. He immediately charged into the open in an assault on the position. Although he was mortally wounded in the attempt, others were able to take advantage of the diversion to move the wounded man to safety. Private First Class Horner's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE

Posted by: CLAY MARSTON
Email: CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
Relationship: BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCHER - ARMY
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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