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Charles Erbentraut

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  5/23/48
Birth Place:  Elkhorn, WI
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Lawrence A. Erbentraut   
Mother's Name:  Betty (McDonald) Erbentraut  
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:  None   
School Attended:  Mary O. Pottenger School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/9/53
School Attended:  White Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  3/8/54
School Attended:  Alfred M. Glickman School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/7/55
School Attended:  Memorial School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/5/56  
School Attended:  Sumner Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  5/16/57
School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/7/60
School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/4/63
High School Diploma:  Yes
Diploma Year:  1966
College Name:  Western New England College, Springfield, MA
Degree Major:  Business Administration
Degree Year:  30 SH by 1968
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  82
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  6/1/66  
SSS Registrant Description:  5' 10.5"/175 pounds/light brown hair/blue eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  8/14/68
Entry Mode:  Induction
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Selective Service
Rank:  Private First Class
Rank Abbrev:  PFC
Pay Grade:  E3
MOS:  11B10
MOS Title:  Infantryman
MOS Background:  Established May 65.  MOS still in use Aug 00. 4th char of 1 = E1-E4 skill level.  5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster for Heroism; Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Badges Earned:  Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
Length Of Service:  less than 1 year
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  1/13/69
Major Command:  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Sub Command 1:  5th Cavalry
Sub Command 2:  2nd Battalion
Sub Command 3:  Company B
Army Campaign Number:  9th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  3/9/69
Casualty Time:  0316
Casualty Age:  20
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire
Casualty Location:  Vicinity of Cu Chi, RVN
Casualty Province:  Tay Ninh Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  XT 349 154
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  St. Clare 263 #2
Burial Date:  3/27/69
Consigned Funeral Home:  Byron Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
Escort Name:  PFC Vincent D. DiMonaco, USA (a close friend from PFC Erbentraut's unit)
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  33rd
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  30W
                                                  Line Number:  87

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