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PFC Roger Theodore Fast

PFC Roger Theodore Fast

Butterfield, Watonwan County, Minnesota, USA
Death 19 Aug 1968 (aged 20)
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam
Burial Butterfield, Watonwan County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 11129262 · View Source
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Abraham J. Fast 1906 - 1992
Mary Vogt 1908 - 2001

Baptized: 1st Mennonite, North of Butterfield
Graduate of Butterfield High School 1966

Siblings: Melvin, Robert Leroy, Bonnie Mae, William, Frank R., James R., *.*, Mary Jane

Veteran US Army Vietnam War KIA.
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division.

Service: Army (Selective Service)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Private First Class
ID No: 56565673
MOS: 11H10 Infantry Direct Fire Crewman
LenSvc: Less than one year

Start Tour: Wednesday, 07/24/1968
Cas Date: Monday, 08/19/1968
Age at Loss: 20
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died
Reason: Gun, Small Arms Fire - Ground Casualty


"Angry Skipper"

D 2/8 Cavalry, 1st Air Cav.

On the morning of August 19th, 1968 word was spread around the perimeter of Landing Zone Carol, we would "Charlie Alpha" [i.e., run a combat assault into] a new area of operation, liftoff 1200 hours.

Roger Fast was one of my new "Cherries". He had been with us exactly four days (the entire four days we were on LZ Carol) and had never been in the bush yet. At around 0800 hours I sent Roger and another "Cherry" out on O.P. (observation post) duty. The O.P. was just a few sandbags and ammo boxes in a horseshoe shape with several claymore mine detonators and a couple M72 L.A.W.s and a radio. It was located down the mountain about 40 yards.

It wasn't ten minutes after the two Cherries got to the O.P. when the first of several artillery rounds from NVA positions across the border in Laos hit. The first round landed about three feet behind the O.P. where the horseshoe was open and offered no protection. Roger was between the high explosive round and the other trooper. He took the blunt of the explosion and died within minutes.

What is really difficult for me was that Roger and the other trooper had volunteered to take my place and that of my assistant gunner so that they could be together in solitude before their first venture into the jungle. He took my hit.

Rest in Peace Brother

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  • Maintained by: Dennis Quiring
  • Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
  • Added: 8 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11129262
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Roger Theodore Fast (14 Jan 1948–19 Aug 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11129262, citing First Mennonite Cemetery, Butterfield, Watonwan County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Quiring (contributor 47340753) .