My uncle, Captain Eric Herold, 1947-1971.
In Vietnam he was a “pathfinder” leading Vietnamese troops into battle. His medals include the Vietnamese medal of honor equivalent. He never told his parents of his various wounds until, in November of 1971, in the Mekong Delta, he was critically burned while helping soak the bush with gasoline and it ignited from a spark. In a telegram from the hospital he wrote, “I am fine. Please don’t worry. I love you. I’ll be okay. Love, Eric”. Two days later, at age 24, he died. His grave marker shows he was in Vietnam, won the Army Achievement Medal (AM), 3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC) and the Army Commendation (ARCOM)