Back    KIA Index    Search

  PFC Walter Earl Duncan Jr.    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"

Alpha 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 Walter Earl Duncan Jr., who died in the service of his country on May 20th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Walter was 19 years of age. He was from Beaver, Ohio. Walter is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 57.

The decorations earned by PFC Walter Earl Duncan Jr. 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.


Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing and was engaged to a fine young lady when Drafted. Walter is buried in Owl Creek Cemetery, near Beaver, Ohio. His funeral at the nearby Mennonite Church was one of the largest ever held in the Beaver area. Walter's Dad would enjoy hearing from anyone who knew his son.

Walter E Duncan Sr.
248 Miller St.
Winchester, VA 22601

HHC, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders Number 1708

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 May 1967 Private First Class Duncan distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman in Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, which was conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. His platoon had the mission of sweeping south through a suspected North Vietnamese Army battalion base camp in a village. As the platoon entered the village, it encountered the enemy, well dug-in and heavily fortified. The enemy waited until the platoon had advanced to within 25 meters of their positions, and then opened fire with small arms and automatic weapons. Private First Class Duncan was wounded in the initial burst of fire, but he remained forward, covering the rest of the platoon until they could shift to more tenable positions and evacuate the wounded. Then, despite his wounds and the intensity of the enemy fire, he made an assault on an enemy bunker dangerously close to the platoon's position. Reaching the bunker, he hurled a hand grenade into it, destroying it and its occupants. Later he succumbed to his wounds, but his efforts had been instrumental to the success of the platoon's assault. Private First Class Duncan's unselfish bravery and personal courage in the face of the enemy are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.