The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG Terrence W. McFarland, who died in the service of his country on January 21st, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Terrence was 20 years of age. He was from Columbus, Ohio. Terrence is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 34W, Line 52.
The decorations earned by SSG Terrence W. McFarland include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.
Terrence is buried at ST JOSEPH CEMETERY, LOCKBOURNE, OH
(His BSV Citation)
General Orders 833, Award Of The Bronze Star For Heroism, 4th Infantry Division, 20 March 1969
For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Staff Sergeant McFarland distinguished himself while serving as a Squad Leader with Company D, 1/35th Infantry. On 21 January 1969, Staff Sergeant McFarland's company was engaged in combat operations northwest of Pleiku when it was subjected to sporadic sniper fire. Assessing the situation, Staff Sergeant McFarland immediately maneuvered his squad to the left flank in an attempt to silence the snipers. Continually moving among his men, he offered them words of encouragement as they neared the sniper positions. As they were engaging these positions, Staff Sergeant McFarland was mortally wounded while directing the fire of his men. Staff Sergeant McFarland's courageous acts, outstanding leadership, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.