Patterson, Samuel Lee


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: A Troop, 1st 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: 24-Jun-1946

Hometown: Hueytown, Alabama

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 24-Sep-1968

Start of tour: 6-Mar-1969

Incident date: 11-May-1969

Date of casualty: 13-May-1969

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Samuel Lee Patterson died from wounds received while gunner on a military vehicle on a combat operation when came under mortar attack by a hostile force. Individual was admitted to a military hospital, placed on the Serious Injury (SI) list, and later expired. / Gunner on Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on combat operation when vehicle was hit by hostile mortar round.  Individual was admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 11 May 1969 at 1500 hrs, placed on Serious Injured (SI) list on 11 May 1969 at 1520 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred on 11 May 1969 at 1200 hrs.

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 613 587

Place of interment: Brotherhood Cemetery, Hueytown, Alabama, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 25W 108 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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