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Spec Dale Porter Berthoux
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1935
Jersey County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1967, Vietnam

Dale was the second of six children born to Paul Horace Berthoux and his wife, Esther Virginia (Gin) Richey Berthoux. Dale was born on December 31, 1935, in Jersey County, Illinois. Dale grew up in the Jerseyville area. He attended the local schools in Jerseyville, and then attended Southern Illinois University.

Dale volunteered for the Army on October 4, 1966, even though he had already completed an eight-year military obligation, and was beyond the draft age. At the time he enlisted, Dale was commissioner for the city of Jerseyville, and was also working a sales job with a photographic supply firm. Dale resigned both positions when he enlisted in the Army.

Dale held the rank of Specialist 4, and was a member of the Company A, First Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He completed basic and advanced training at Camp Carson, Colorado, and then left for Viet Nam.

Dale was killed in action on November 26, 1967, when he sustained metal fragment wounds during a fire fight with hostile forces while on perimeter defense near Dak To, in South Viet Nam. Dale was post-humorously awarded the Bronze Star medal and the Purple Heart.

Dale is buried in Section 51 of Arlington National Cemetery. His name is inscribed on the Vietnam Wall at Panel 30E Line 088.



From the Alton, Illinois Paper:
Spec 4 Dale Berthoux, ex-city official and a former employee of the Democrat News, died November 26, 1967 of metal fragment wounds in the Dakto area of Vietnam. His wife Mrs. Roberta (Johnston) Berthoux, of Jerseyville, later received a message stating that Berthoux Died In Action in Vietnam on November 26 of metal fragment wounds while on perimeter defense while engaging hostile force in fire fight.

When in session the Jerseyville City Council adopted a Resolution Of Respect to the former council member. Berthoux was in his last year of a 4 yr. term as city councilman when he volunteered for the draft. Though he had had previous military service and was beyond draft age, Berthoux told friends and associates that he was prompted by a strong feeling of moral obligation to do his part in the Vietnam situation. He enlisted and left for service October 4, 1966. The service man received basic and advanced training at Camp Carson, CO. Following a 30 day leave in August, he left for Vietnam where he was a member of Co. A, First Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

Mrs. Berthoux received a letter from her husband that had been written on November 21 in which he said they were making a hill assert then. Berthoux was a squad leader.

The serviceman was the son of Paul and Virginia (Richey) Berthoux of Jerseyville.

He was educated in local schools and attended SIU before accepting employment in the photographic department of The Democrat News. He remained in the employ of the company for 8 yrs, resigning to accept a position as Technical Representative for W. Schiller & Co., photographic firm in St. Louis. His previous military service had been in 1954-56 and he had served 18 mos. with the Army in Austria, Italy and Germany. He was a charter member of the Jersey County Young Democrats Club and was its first president. He was also active in Jerseyville Jaycees, and other civic movements. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are 2 brothers, Duane of Fairfield, CA, and Dann of Jerseyville, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Gerald Edmunds and Mrs. Phillip Shelton of Alton. 1 brother, Darel, was killed April 19, 1961 in an auto accident while serving as City Clerk of Jerseyville.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Paul Horace Berthoux (1907 - 1971)
  Esther Virginia Richey Berthoux (1909 - 1987)
 
 Siblings:
  Dale Porter Berthoux (1935 - 1967)
  Doris Paula Berthoux Edmunds (1937 - 2001)*
  Darel Philip Berthoux (1938 - 1961)*
  Dann Perry Berthoux (1948 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 51; Site 2394
 
Created by: Julie
Record added: Jun 06, 2006
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