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  SP4 Todd Louis Wood    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"



3rd Brigade Headquarters
and Long Range Recon

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, SP4 Todd Louis Wood, who died in the service of his country on January 9th, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Todd was 19 years of age. He was from Chico, California.

The decorations earned by SP4 Todd Louis Wood include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, 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.


LRRP Ashcan 61

Award of The Silver Star, General Orders 29, 4th Infantry Division

For gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 January 1969 a 3rd Brigade Long Range Patrol Team was ambushed shortly after departing its night location. Specialist Wood, who was serving as Radio-Telephone Operator, received a serious chest wound during the initial fire. Although severely wounded and suffering from massive loss of blood, he continued to man his radio and render complete and accurate reports which enabled his higher headquarters to react quickly and decisively. When the enemy fire proved too great to overcome, Specialist Wood, still giving no consideration to the gravity of his wounds, immediately rallied his team and moved them to a safer area. Only after he became too weak from loss of blood, did he turn his duties over to another man. Even after he was no longer functional, he expressed no concern for himself. Specialist Wood succumbed to his wounds shortly after reaching hospital facilities. Specialist Wood’s extraordinary heroism, profound concern for his fellow soldiers, 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.

General Orders Number 319 AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR FOR HEROISM

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 16 December 1968, 3rd Brigade Long Range Patrol Team number 63 was conducting reconnaissance operations in Kontum province. At approximately 1355 hours, the team spotted five NVA soldiers moving along the trail and followed them in hopes of finding their base camp area. As they were following the five enemy soldiers, two more enemy soldiers spotted them. One of the enemy soldiers was immediately eliminated but the other attempted to fire upon one of the LRRP team members. Specialist Wood immediately reacted and eliminated the enemy before he could fire a shot. Upon reaching the enemy encampment, the enemy had fled but left behind numerous weapons as well as gear. The team’s expert handling of the situation led to maximum intelligence being gained from the mission. Specialist Wood’s professionalism, personal bravery, and exemplary devotion to duty are n keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army