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Roy Vernon Rawlin

Roy Rawlin
Born 29 Jan 1948, Grants Pass, Josephine Co, OR
Died 11 Aug 1969, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam
Service Branch Army
Rank Sergeant
Rating or Job  
Unit C Co, 2nd BN, 502nd “Five-Oh-Deuce" or "The Deuce" INF Regt, 101st ABN DIV
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations  
Family Father: Claude James Rawlin

Mother: Helen

Cherie Danette Ann Rawlin
Michael Dale Rawlin
Mark James Rawlin

Spouse: Carol
Child: Robbie


Sgt. Roy Vernon Rawlin

Jan. 29, 1948 - Aug. 11, 1969


Roy Rawlin was born in Grants Pass.

Oregon and later moved to Chico where he graduated with the class of 1966 from Chico Senior High School. When he was younger he was a champion roller skater and competed in meets all over Northern California.

After high school Rawlin moved up to Chester. He was working in the woods with a logging company when he received his draft notice.

Rawlins went into the Airborne, and he had just 11 months left in the Army when he was shipped to Vietnam. He fought in the bloody Battle of Hamburger Hill, where he was mortally wounded. That same day he wrote a letter to his mother describing his unit’s situation in Vietnam: “We’re Out here fighting their crummy war while the Vietnamese Army is kicking back on our fire bases.”

In the same letter he mentioned that he saw a local man die when a hand grenade he threw bounced off a tree and rolled back and blew up.

Roy Rawlin lived 11 days after he was wounded. He was 21 when he died. 

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988


540580082 SGT USA (MOS 11B40: Infantryman)

Casualty Details: Killed by multiple fragmentation wounds

Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Panel W19 Line 4 Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park

Burial: Glen Oaks Memorial Park

Bronze Star Medal w/OLC, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart Combat Infantry Badge



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