FASCHING, Leroy James

Leroy James FaschingLeroy James Fasching

Birth: 28 July 1933
Place of Birth: Wibaux, MT
Hometown: Wibaux, MT

Date of Death: 1 April 1970
Place of Death: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam
Burial: Dawson Memorial Park, Glendive, MT
Death Code: Hostile, died outright, Ground Casualty, Artillery, rocket, or mortar
Vietnam Wall Location: 12W – Row 67

Rank: CPL
Service: US Army
Service Number: 517489324
Unit: C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry

Award(s): Silver Star – The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal [then Private First Class Leroy James Fasching, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion (Airmobile), 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Fasching distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 1 April 1970 at Fire Base ILLINGSWORTH, Republic of Vietnam. While in heavy contact, and ammunition was needed critically, he moved across an open area to carry ammunition back to his comrades. His gallant action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Wibaux Soldier Dies in Vietnam

silver-starVietnam Veteran

PFC Leroy James Fasching, 24 year old son of Wibaux, was reported killed Wednesday in Viet Nam.

Fasching had entered the combat zone just two days prior to his death.

Word of their son’s death was received Sunday by Fasching’s parents, according to Mrs. A. J. McCarty, Glendive chairman of Services to the Military, American Red Cross.

Requim mass for PFC Fasching will be celebrated today, April 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Wibaux.

from Ranger-Review Glendive, MT Thur 4/9/1970

The small town of Wibaux, Montana will always remember Leroy. He was one of two young men from that town who died in action in South Vietnam. Leroy’s name is honored each year when the outstanding athlete from the high school is given the Leroy Fasching award.

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