|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1948, USA|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1970, Vietnam|
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Date of birth: 12/12/1948
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E3
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 530368762
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Length Service: 01
Unit: C TRP, 2ND SQDN, 1ST CAVALRY, I FIELD FORCE, USARV
Start Tour: 09/17/1969
Incident Date: 04/01/1970
Casualty Date: 04/01/1970
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Binh Thuan Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar
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Shortly before he was killed, Otto Draken extended his tour in Vietnam for three months to earn a bonus. Much of his Army pay was going to support his divorced mother, five sisters and younger brother, and the bonus money was to help send his mother to secretarial school, said his sister, LuDean Draken. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam in September 1969 and was assigned as an armored personnel carrier crewman with Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry.
In the early-morning hours of April 1, Draken was on guard duty when mortars and rockets began raining on the troop's compound, followed by an attack by Viet Cong infantry. Draken ran through a hail of bullets and mortar explosions, jumped atop his personnel carrier and began firing the .50-caliber machine gun. He was killed when a mortar shell scored a direct hit on the vehicle.
Created by: Billy M. Brown
Record added: Jul 14, 2012
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Billy M. Brown
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Added: Jul. 14, 2012