Orr, George James


Rank: Specialist 5

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

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation 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: Regular

Date of birth: 20-Jun-1945

Hometown: Lincoln, Illinois

Marital status: Married to Delores J. Orr

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 3-Apr-1967

Start of tour: 31-Dec-1970

Incident date: 17-Apr-1971

Date of casualty: 17-Apr-1971

Age at death: 25

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
George James Orr was killed while enroute to a night defensive position when a hostile force was encountered. / Enroute to night defensive position (NDP), engaged enemy at a bunker complex in firefight.

Five Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SGT Willis Norwood Andrews
SP4 Fidencio Flores Jr
1LT Phillip Lewis Lee
SP5 George James Orr
SP4 Gary Lee Reynolds

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 523 316

Place of interment: Old Union Cemetery, Lincoln, Illinois, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 04W 131 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)