Byus, Roger Lee


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 23-Mar-1949

Hometown: Winfield, West Virginia

Marital status: Married to Carolyn S. Byus

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 17-Mar-1969

Start of tour: 23-Oct-1969

Incident date: 24-Nov-1969

Date of casualty: 24-Nov-1969

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
Roger Lee Byus died as a result of wounds received while on a combat operation when a supporting mortar round directed at a hostile force landed in the area. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / On reconnaissance mission.  Received short friendly mortar round directed at suspected hostile position.  Individual admitted to 2d Surgical Hospital, Lai Khe, on 24 Nov 1969 at  1300 hrs and later expired.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Roger Lee Byus
SGT Joseph Randal Harris

Location of fatality: Phuoc Long, South Vietnam, XU 830 134

Place of interment: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane, West Virginia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 16W 115 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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