Droz, Donald Glenn, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 111X, Coastal Division 11 (COSDIV 11)/PCF-43
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rich Hill, MO
Last Address
Rich Hill, MO

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
An Xugen (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 063

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 Duty Stations
USS Little Rock (CLG-4)Coastal Division 11 (COSDIV 11)
  1967-1968, 111X, USS Little Rock (CLG-4)
  1968-1969, 111X, Coastal Division 11 (COSDIV 11)/PCF-43
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Operation Market Time
 Colleges Attended 
University of Missouri-ColumbiaUnited States Naval Academy
  1962-1963, University of Missouri-Columbia
  1963-1966, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  REMEMBERED by Terry Boone
  Notes from The Virtual Wall
  Note to daughter Tracy Droz Virtual Wall Staff1
  Press Release by the Navy
  Jun 28, 1968, Vietnam Service Start Date
  Apr 17, 1969, Eulogy to LT. Donald Droz Written by Bill Perkey in the Rich Hill Mining Review
  Apr 12, 2017, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
APRIL 12, 1969

 Eight PCFs, with 6th Battalion VNMC troops embarked, sailed the Duong Keo River during the late afternoon of 12 April 1969, for a sweep operations in the day's objective area. At 1734, a large scale enemy initiated firefight, by an estimated two Viet Cong companies, was unleashed as the PCFs, in column formation, reached a position four miles upstream from the river's mouth. Detonation of two claymore mines, from the northeast bank, was immediately followed by intensive B-40 rocket, recoilless rifle (R/R), .30 and .50 caliber machine gun, rifle-grenade and small arms fire. PCF 43 was hit by R/R and B-40 rounds which disabled her steering gear and fatally wounded the boat skipper, LTJG D. G. Droz. The boat beached at high speed into the center of the ambush site, as B-40 rockets continued to smash into her.  Uninjured crewmen and UDT personnel aboard set up a hasty perimeter around the boat as PCFs 5 and 31 returned alongside to assist the stricken PCF 43, at the same time maintaining a heavy volume of fire. Seawolves reacted in in five minutes and placed heavy machine gun fire into the area. Enemy fire was suppressed. All personnel were  removed from PCF 43 and PCFs 5 and 31 cleared the area. Later, a fire in PCF 43 reached UDT ammunition stores on board and created an explosion which destroyed the craft. Final results of the disaster were three US Navy personnel killed with 33 others wounded and two Vietnamese Marines killed with another 13 wounded. One PCF (43) destroyed, two others badly damaged, and two others received moderate damage. Enemy losses were 18 Viet Cong killed (2 body count and 16 estimated).
   
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