Combs, Virgil Carlyle


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart 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: 13-Dec-1947

Hometown: Dewey, Oklahoma

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 8-May-1968

Start of tour: 25-Oct-1968

Incident date: 18-Feb-1969

Date of casualty: 18-Feb-1969

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Virgil Carlyle Combs died from wounds received while driver of a military vehicle on combat operation when hit by fragments from hostile grenade. / Driver of APC on reconnaissance in force mission when hit by fragments from hostile rocket propelled grenade (RPG).

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Virgil Carlyle Combs
SGT Robert Irwin Meeker

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 742 225

Place of interment: Dewey Cemetery, Dewey, Oklahoma, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 32W 053 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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