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Capt Alvin Klason "AK" Broyles, Jr
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1934
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1965
Vinh Long, Vietnam

Alvin grew up in Limestone and in Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee. He attended school in Johnson City and graduated Science Hill High School, Class of 1952. He was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

AK then attended East Tennessee State College (ETSC) and was a member of two Fraternities: Alpha Phi Omega and Mu Epsilon Nu. Like Science Hill, he was also a ROTC Cadet and on 7 January 1954 entered the United States Army Reserves as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) and as an Armored officer while continuing his education at ETSC. Upon graduation, Class of 1956 he was released from the Reserves on 31 May 1956 and was commissioned a 2LT in the United States Army on 25 June 1956 as an Infantry Officer with service number 074105.

AK was promoted to First Lieutenant on 26 June 1959. He also completed the US Army Ranger Course and the Defense Language Institute's Foreign Language Center where he learned to read, write and speak French. With all this under his belt, now Captain Broyles was dispatched to Vietnam to be a Military Advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Once there he was assigned to SD 5891, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV). He was teamed up with a Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) and they went into the field to help train, assist and advise a regiment of the ARVN. AK was selected as the "Outstanding Advisor in the Field" by MACV in March 1965.

He was killed in action by small arms fire in the Vinh Long Province on 28 April 1965. He was 30 years old and became the first Washington County service member to give his life in Vietnam. AK was awarded the Silver Star, Soldier's, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign Medals, as well as the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

AK's the son of Alvin Klason "Chalkie" Broyles, Senior and Ruth Marie Copp. He was married to Marjorie Blanche "Margie" Creech and they had three children.
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  Alvin Klason Broyles (1911 - 1994)
  Ruth Marie Copp Broyles (1912 - 2010)
  Marjorie Blanche Creech Wallis (1935 - 2010)
Monte Vista Memorial Park
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section: Garden of the Last Supper, Lot 116, Space 2
Maintained by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (...
Originally Created by: civilwarbuff
Record added: Jun 29, 2013
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Capt Alvin Klason AK Broyles, Jr
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
Capt Alvin Klason AK Broyles, Jr
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
Capt Alvin Klason AK Broyles, Jr
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
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- R.D. Herring
 Added: Jan. 10, 2017
ALVIN KLASON BROYLES JR CAPT - O3 - Army - Regular MACV Advisors Length of service 10 yearsCasualty was on Apr 28, 1965In , SOUTH VIETNAMHOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTYGUN, SMALL ARMS FIREBody was recovered Panel 01E - Line 110
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ALVIN KLASON BROYLESArmy - CAPT - O3Age: 30Race: CaucasianSex: MaleDate of Birth Aug 8, 1934From: JOHNSON CITY, TNReligion: PRESBYTERIANMarital Status: Married
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