|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1947|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1968, Vietnam|
Stephen was KIA on 3/6/68 in Vietnam while serving with B Co. 1/5 Mech, 25th Inf Div.
A big "Thank You!" to contributor Denis McDonough for additional information on this memorial.
PFC Stephen W Downey, son of Donald D. Downey
On March 06, 1968, Companies A and B along with the Recon Platoon(-) and Company A, 2/34th Armor conducted a sweep in the area of XT 7605, northeast of Hoc Mon. At 1604 hours, units made heavy contact at XT 769045. At 1615 hours Company A 2/34th Armor reported one killed and one wounded.
A Bobcat from Company B was moving along a tree line when he got shot in the head. Two men from Company B went to check him out to see if they could help him. One of them got shot in the chest and killed, the other was shot and wounded in the leg and hip. The Bobcat shot in the chest only had a few weeks to go before he was to get out of the Army. He had plans to get married as soon as he got out. At 1629 hours, Company B requested a dust-off for 8 Bobcats.
Company A was moving with men walking in front of the APCs. They received some sniper fire and turned on line to advance toward the sniper fire. The 3rd Platoon was in the middle and got hit first. An M-60 gunner got shot in the stomach and called out for help. The man next to him turned and got shot in the head. People called for a medic and as the medic advanced he was shot and killed. The soldiers were ordered to pull back, "but the M-60 gunner was still alive." Air strikes with napalm were called in during the night.
Note: Buried: 3/18/1968, Source: City of Colo Spgs cemetery record 3/7/09
El Paso County
Plot: Block 0000D - - 000273
Created by: Mariah, Joe & Connie
Record added: Mar 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34611114