Chavez, David Cruz


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 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: Regular

Date of birth: 3-May-1938

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 11-Sep-1957

Start of tour: 10-Jun-1969

Incident date: 15-Jan-1970

Date of casualty: 15-Jan-1970

Age at death: 31

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
David Cruz Chavez was killed while at a night defensive position when the area came under attack by a hostile force. / At night defensive position.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SSG David Cruz Chavez
PFC Ronald James Fuite

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 273 780

Place of interment: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14W 036 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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