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Corp Erwin John Harder

Corp Erwin John Harder

Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA
Death 29 Apr 1969 (aged 21)
Tay Ninh, Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Burial Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Old section Lot 167
Memorial ID 57446227 · View Source
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Born to Abraham S Harder (1908-1993) and Maria Rosella (Penner) Harder (1917-2001). He was the 4th son of 10 children of the Abe S. Harder family.

Siblings: Daniel David, Arnold Arlee, Abraham Milton "Abe", *.*, Marie Audrey, Margaret Elizabeth, Loren Laverne, Aganetha Joann, Marvin James, Edna Ruth.

Erwin was baptized 17 Mar 1964 in the First Mennonite Church by Rev. Willard W. Wiebe.

Corporal Erwin J. Harder died in Tay Ninh province in South Vietnam during a twilight ambush and subsequent battle on 29 Apr 1969.

I have thought of Erwin many times over the last 42 years. I don't know if he has any family left in the Mountain Lake area, but if he has, they should be proud of him and the type of person and soldier he was. He sustained a sucking chest wound from a rocket propelled grenade fired by the NVA as our company was setting up our perimeter for the night. I knew it was bad. The medevac helicopter arrived at our location pretty quickly, but he died enroute to the hospital. He will always be in my thoughts.
~Carey Gillis

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Posted on 4/26/14 - by Maloney:
Guys from 3-3 D 5/7 Cav still remember Erv Harder. Fine soldier and good friend. Not forgotten as long as we're around Still talk about him after 45 years. He had good character and moral values that positively reflect on his family and upbringing. Someone you could count on.

Posted on 6/11/12 - by Dennis Quiring:
You helped me shovel snow off the church sidewalks a few days before you left for Ft. Lewis. The next I saw you was on a MLHS graduation photo on your casket with the flag. Thank you for your service to our Country. You will always be remembered.

Posted on 11/20/07 - by steven klassen:
we were raised to oppose war...we both went to Vietnam...I came lived on in eternity...I will remember you as I live...


The Combat Infantry Badge
1-Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
2-Purple Heart
3-Army Air Medal
4-National Defense Service Medal
5-Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star
6-Vietnam Campaign Medal
7-Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
8-Cold War Victory Medal

Army of the United States
27 Feb 1948 to 29 Apr 1969
Mountain Lake, Minnesota
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Home of Record: Mountain Lake, Minnesota
Graduate of Mountain Lake High School 1966
Date of birth: 27 Feb 1948

Service: Army (Selective Service)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Corporal, E4 (See Note below)
ID No: 56566467
MOS: 11B10 Infantryman
LenSvc: Less than one year
Note: E3 at loss. Posthumous Promotion as indicated to E4

Start Tour: Tuesday, 14 Jan 1969
Cas Date: Tuesday, 29 Apr 1969
Age at Loss: 21
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died
Reason: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds - Ground Casualty

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  • Created by: Dennis Quiring
  • Added: 21 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57446227
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Erwin John Harder (27 Feb 1948–29 Apr 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57446227, citing Mountain Lake Cemetery, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Quiring (contributor 47340753) .