The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Nathan Earl Hullett, who died in the service of his country on February 23rd, 1969 in Darlac Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Nathan was 20 years of age. He was from Birmingham, Alabama. Nathan is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 31W, Line 5.
The decorations earned by PFC Nathan Earl Hullett include: the Combat Infantryman 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.
Nathan is buried in Shadow Lawn Memorial Park, Birmingham.
KIA Nathan E Hullett news story taken from the Birmingham (AL) News of Feb 26, 1969 page 56.
Soldier From City Dies In Vietnam
A Birmingham soldier has been killed in action in Vietnam, according to the Department of Defense. Pfc. Nathan E. Hullett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sammie L. Hullett, 415 4th St., Thomas. Hullett, 22 was a graduate of Parker High School and a member of Mt. Hebron Church. He had been in Vietnam since December. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
A Letter from Duane Cooper to Nathan Hullett's brother:
First of all let me express my heart-felt sympathies on the loss of a brother. Any loss of life in youth is tragic. My heart aches for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, so that the rest of us have the freedoms that we so cherish. They are the true Heroes in every sense of the word. As far as I know, I didn't know your brother personally but here are the events that occurred as I remember them.
On the night your Brother was KIA, we were asked to cordon off a very large village, so that it could be searched in the morning. Our company along with Company B 2/35 and the Recon Platoon Company E 2/35 were asked to surround the village. Our Company was spread out along one side of village perimeter in a very flattened upside down V shape, with the Company Command Post station in the middle at the bottom of the V. Sometime during the night Viet Cong returning to the village hit Our Company Command Post. At that time our Company Commander, his Radio Telephone Operator and several others were wounded in an exchange of fire. After a short period of time, a request came down to the Platoons, for each Platoon to furnish two men to be sent out on an ambush patrol, while they tried to get our wounded onto Med Evac Helicopters. It was during this ambush mission, while trying to ensure the life and safety of his fellow soldiers, that your brother lost his life. I know how much courage it must have taken for him to go on this mission.