VIETNAM - IRELAND, PHILLIP EARL

Ireland, Phillip Earl

VIETNAM - IRELAND, PHILLIP EARL
IRELAND, PHILLIP EARL

Rank: Specialist 4

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

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: M-113A1, ACAV, K-13

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 17-Dec-1942

Hometown: Trappe, Maryland

Marital status: Married to Bernice Ireland, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 18-Oct-1965

Start of tour: 10-Jan-1967

Incident date: 21-May-1967

Date of casualty: 21-May-1967

Age at death: 24

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Burns/Smoke Inhalation. Burns. Individual was on convoy escort mission when engaged in firefight with a hostile force.

Seventeen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP5 William P. Centers Jr
SGT Eugene Harold Dickinson
PVT Jerry Lee Houser
SP4 Toler Lee Hutchins Jr
SP4 Phillip Earl Ireland
SSG James Albert Jackson
SGT Alfred Lee
PFC Patrick Michael Loisel
SP4 Henry David McInnis
SP4 James David McWhorter
SP4 Anthony Wilfred Roybal
PFC Rodolfo Andres Saenz
SSG Walter Stephen Simpson
PFC William Charles Stanley
SP4 James Thomas Steighner
SP4 Dwight Elmer Timberlake
SP4 Larry Allen Williamson

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 564 054

Place of interment: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton, Maryland, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 20E 075 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR PHILLIP EARL IRELAND
21 MAY 1967
K TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Ireland distinguished himself by valorous actions on 21 May 1967, while serving as machine gunner on an Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle during a fierce encounter with the enemy on Route 1 near Soui Cat, Vietnam. As the armored convoy moved down a narrow road bordered on both sides with brush and slight vegetation, it suddenly came under a murderous volume of recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire from a well-entrenched, numerically superior Viet Cong force. Without regard for personal safety and fully realizing the perils of the situation, Specialist Ireland alertly detected the enemy’s position and began directing his suppressive fire on the insurgents. As the heavy exchange of fire ensued, Specialist Ireland’s vehicle was struck by several anti-tank rounds. Although wounded and suffering much pain, Specialist Ireland remained at his machine gun position until he was mortally wounded. Specialist Four Ireland’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, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 1931 (27 June 1967)