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Ronald Charles Hurst

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  3/17/46
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  African American
Religion:  No Preference
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Charles C. Hurst
Mother's Name:  Jeanette (King) Hurst
Sibling Names:  Frederick and another brother, name unknown
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Carol E. (Jackson) Hurst   
Offspring Names:  one son
School Attended:  Eastern Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/5/51
School Attended:  Acushnet Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/52
School Attended:  Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  11/25/57
School Attended:  Buckingham Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/9/59  
School Attended:  High School of Commerce, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/5/62
High School Diploma:  No
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  81
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  4/9/64  
SSS Registrant Description:  5' 9.5"/150 pounds/black hair/brown eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  8/25/64
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Specialist Four
Rank Abbrev:  SP4
Pay Grade:  E4
MOS:  71B20
MOS Title:  Clerk-Typist
MOS Background:  Established May 65.  Deleted Sep 77.  Duties merged into MOS 71L. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Badges Earned:  Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar
Length Of Service:  2 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  7/15/66
Major Command:  9th Infantry Division
Sub Command 1:  3rd Brigade
Sub Command 2:  5th Battalion, 60th Infantry
Sub Command 3:  Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Army Campaign Number:  4th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase II
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  4/12/67
Casualty Time:  1500
Casualty Age:  21
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Other Explosive Device
Casualty Province:  Long An Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  XS 585 574
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  Section O Grave 654
Burial Date:  4/20/67
Consigned Funeral Home:  Henderson Funeral Home, Springfield, MA  
Escort Name:  SP5 Kermit A. Summers, USA
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  11th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  18E
                                                  Line Number:  18

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