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Lieut Roy Benjamin "Big Roy" Cochran
Birth: May 17, 1940
Cleveland County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1968
Quang Ngai, Vietnam

1LT Roy Benjamin Cochran, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Grover, NC.

First Lieutenant Roy Benjamin Cochran was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, 1LT Cochran served our country until March 16th, 1968 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 27 years old and was married. It was reported that Roy died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. 1LT Cochran is on panel 44E, line 066 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 6 years.

In February 1968 while applying a dressing to an injury on LT's foot, we talked about home. It was late evening, and in the fading light he told me that his wife had recently delivered their child. He spoke of the love he had for his wife and newborn child and how much he wanted to see them. Whenever I hear someone say they would have served but did not because they were married and had children, I share LT's story with them. Rich Raitano.

Bobby Burgess, His Nephew, 5816 Deer Tracks Trail, Lakeland, Fl. 33811. I never met you. Wish I had.

Don Couch: He is often thought about and sadly missed.

I am his Nephew. Remembering a Hero. Even though I was only 9 years old when you went to be with God, I still remember the last time I ever saw you standing in grandpa's house before you left for Vietnam. Your memory still lingers in my mind. You are the reason I myself, went into the military. You are loved and missed by so many. I salute you uncle for you really are a HERO. Billy Cochran, 294, George Rd., Blacksburg, SC 29702,

I have some more information about Roy Benjamin Cochran... He was my grandfather's (Lemuel George Cochran) baby brother. As a child, they called him Little Brother. In the service, his nickname was Big Roy...He daughter's name is Donnis Danette and she was only a few weeks old when he was killed in Vietnam. He never got to see her. Like I said before he LOVED dogs. He was actually a dog trainer in the service. The dog in one of the pictures is a Blue Tick Hound and his name was "Trouble" because he was a hard dog to train but ended up being the best dog he ever had. His job at home before the service was he had a paper route and delivered papers (Charlotte Observers) on a bicycle. People would give him parts of the bicycle and he would put them together to make new bicycles. This is the information by grandfather gave me about Uncle Roy!!

Infantry First Lieutenant Roy B Cochran, 27, led his men into a running fire-fight with the Viet Cong Northeast of Quang Ngai City Saturday, scarred and weakened by face and body shrapnel wounds sustained four weeks earlier in a rice paddy. Their actions were part of the biggest United States military operation of the war in the Saigon area. An exploding Viet Cong land mine killed Lieutenant Cochran about 645pm Saturday. Darkness had set halted his unit's pursuit of the enemy. His mother and father, Mr and Mrs A.D. Cochran of Route 1, Grover, were notified of their son's battlefield death about noon Monday. His wife, Mrs Sandra Burrier Cochran, was notified earlier in the day at her home in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is en route to Cleveland County now with her six-week old daughter, Donnis Danette, who Lieutenant had never seen. Lieutenant Cochran was a seven-year Army Veteran serving with Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry of the Americal Division. He was commissioned a second Lieutenant in July 1966, at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he had attended Officers Candidate School(OCS).

They were on this patrol, Lemuel Cochran explained, when Roy's forward observer noticed a lot of cattle movement and birds flying about. They moved in to secure a rice paddy. The Viet Cong were around, Lieutenant wrote, They fired, we fired. Then there was smoke all over the place and everyone was firing. His unit was pinned down and unable to move for four or five hours. Finally, Lemuel Cochran relayed, Roy was able to move his boys back and was preparing to have his radio man call in gunship and artillery fire when he said he observed some movement at a tunnel. He wrote that he took his eye away from the tunnel momentarily. When he looked back, a VC tossed a grenade and bounced it off Roy's chest.. He moved backwards. But he didn't move fast enough or far enough and the shrapnel got him in the front. He shot the VC in the next instant. He was awarded the Bronze star medal with V Device for Valor but stated that he didn't need it.

He wrote us, Lemuel Cochran said, that he was just doing his job and protecting his men. After treatment for his wounds, he requested assignment back to his unit. Permission was granted. The land mine exploded northeast of Quang Ngai city. He was my brother, said Lemuel, but he was a brave man. Lieutenant Cochran was a graduate of Blacksburg Central High School. He had served with the Army in Korea and Germany and was in Hawaii when assigned to South Vietnam last December. In addition to his parents, wife and daughter and brother Lemuel, Lieutenant Cochran is survived by three other brothers, Paul Cochran of Roanoke, Virginia, Lester Cochran of Charlotte, and Max Cochran of Grover; three sisters, Mrs Hubert Pruitt of Cherryville, Mrs Ernest Ellers of Grover and Mrs James Burgess of Harrisville, Georgia. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of the body from Vietnam and his wife and daughter from Hawaii. Firm plans will be announced later by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home.

Mrs Sandra D Cochran and her 10 month old daughter Donnis, recently accepted posthumous awards of the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Valor and the Purple Heart from Colonel Morris B Montgomery, Ft Sam Houston Deputy Commander, in ceremonies held at Headquarters Ft Sam Houston, Texas. Accompanied by her mother, Mrs Karl W Burrier, Mrs Cochran was presented with a shadow box containing a second Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantry Badge(CIB), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, presented posthumously to 1st Lieutenant Roy B Cochran, who was cited for heroism while serving with Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry, near Phu Qui, Vietnam on February 18, 1968. During an action to secure a landing zone, Cochran led a fire team to clear a sector of the zone. One man on the team was wounded and in an attempt to rescue the wounded man, Cochran was wounded. Ignoring his wounds, he was able to kill one enemy soldier, silence an enemy automatic weapon and extract the wounded man. He then proceeded to direct the return fire of his unit, refusing medical treatment for himself until the remainder of the platoon was safely returned to the landing zone. A native of Grover and a Graduate of Blacksburg High School, Cochran was the son of Mr and Mrs A.D. Cochran of Route 1, Grover. His brother Lemuel, lives on Route 2, Shelby.

He is the Son of Mr A. Dewey Cochran and Mrs Eula Mae Crain Cochran. He attended Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, SC.

He served with Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device. The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Sunset Memorial Park
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Jan 13, 2007
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Aug. 19, 2012
From a Sister of PFC:William L Young Jr, KIA in Vietnam..Thank You for your Service to Our Country, Roy!
- Judy Green
 Added: Mar. 3, 2011

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