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  PFC Terry Richard Litz    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Charlie Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Terry Richard Litz, who died in the service of his country on September 7th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death Terry was 20 years of age. He was from Olanta, Pennsylvania. Terry is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 26E, Line 24.

The decorations earned by PFC Terry Richard Litz include: the Combat Medical Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

(A letter to Jim Hall from Terry's brother Raymond)

Mr. Hall,

I am Terry's brother Raymond.

Terry R. Litz is laid to rest at Thompson Cemetery at Glen Richey.
I was in the service myself when Terry was growing up. We all miss him very much. I was stationed at Fort Knox, KY when we received the word and all were very upset.

I hope this picture will help you out. It is the only one I have except a large one. Terry was the youngest of our family.

Thank you for
What you are doing.

SFC Ret. Raymond D. Litz
and Family

(A remembrance from Ed Gerson)

PFC Terry Litz had recently come up to Duc Pho from Saigon where he was with an MP unit. He was a medic killed on his first patrol with the Cacti by a booby trap incident that also killed PFC Tauschek. It happened near Hwy One, Mo Duc, near Duc Pho. I am still unclear whether Litz's MOS was 91A10 originally or whether he was actually an MP who was voluntarily retrained to be a medic.

I was acting company aid man that day, had sent PFC Litz out with Sgt. Wells' third platoon just minutes before.

Ed Gerson

(His BSM Citation)

The Bronze Star Medal Is Presented to Private First Class Terry R Litz

For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, Private First Class Litz consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he faced as a result of the ever-changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. Private First Class Litz's initiative, zeal, sound judgment, and devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.