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Martin Rudy Duran, Jr
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1949, USA
Death: May 3, 2003
New Mexico, USA

Sources:
US Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006

SP4 US ARMY VIETNAM
Recon Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Thanks to Mark Brockway for photos and information. Many thanks to SendEmHack for the headstone photos. Additonal thanks goes to Ladybug, for the outstanding photo of Rudy's headstone with the wreath.

Served with:
GEN Fred Keith Mahaffey Battalion Commander, Command and Control
Thomas Alston
Jon Jay Coddington
Marvin J Covington
Wesley Earl Fowler
William David Gouger Jr
Leo Mons
Ronald S. Muhlbaier
David Judson Needhan
Edgar Sanchez
Willie Allen Stallings, CO, Co E, 2nd Bn, 60th Inf

2/60th Website http://recon2-60.4t.com/

Ironically, Martin died on the 54th birthday of William David Gouger Jr., who I believe was the only one in this unit to have lost his life in Vietnam.

Recon Platoon
Members of the 1968-1969 version of this platoon were for the most part handpicked by then Platoon Sergeant SFC Mark Brockway and Battalion Commander LTC Fred Keith Mahaffey who envisioned this platoon as a "super infantry platoon". The platoon initiated contact with the enemy and when the enemy responded, they then were engaged by this platoon while Command and Control above (Mahaffey) delivered a devastating airmobile insertion of combat troops, artillery fire, air cavalry UH-1 helicopter gunships and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The use of this unit was unique and highly effective and it was a elite and highly decorated platoon. The execution of this order of battle was so precise that the result was over 90 percent of the 2d Battalion 60th Infantry engagements were over within 10 to 30 minutes as a result of the speed of the operation and the aggressive attitude of the troops. This platoon did not wear steel pots or flak jackets. They wore soft hats, in most cases camaflouge berets, and normally would be carrying 25-30 magazines of 5.56mm ammo per man, frag grenades, smoke grenades, concussion grenades, hand flares, star cluster flares, atleast two 40mm grenade launchers, M60 machine gun, Light Anti-Tank Weapon(LAW), CS gas grenades and at least three radios. Sometimes you had room to carry some food. For the most part they traveled light and usually fast. Upon arrival of support troops, the Recon Platoon continued to engage the enemy and apply pressure as the piling on took place, providing precise coordinates for the attack helicopters, helicopter gunships and artillery fire. Doing so, they were able to avoid considerable losses due to "friendly fire".

Awards
Awarded:
Combat Infantry Badge
Bronze Star w/V device
Army Commendation Medal w/V device
 
 
Burial:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Albuquerque
Bernalillo County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: Robert Fowler
Record added: Mar 08, 2010
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Martin Rudy Duran, Jr
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