DANNY LYNN STEPHENS
Memorial Contact: Jimmy Stephens
Danny Lynn Stephens was
born May 18,1949 and killed in combat March 31,1968 in Hai Lang cemetery in Thua Thien, Vietnam. He is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.
Danny is survived by his parents, Melvin and Hazel Stephens;
by his sisters, Lucille Pitts, and Melba Stephens;
by his brothers Jimmy, Wallace, and Jack; by his niece Tammy Ann Stephens; all
of Logansport, Louisiana.
Danny graduated from Stanley High School in Logansport in May 1967.
Knowing that he would soon be drafted, he volunteered for the Army and left in June
1967 to Ft. Polk for basic training.
The only thing he asked for was to be in an Airborne Infantry Unit.
He left Ft. Polk and headed to Ft. Gordon, Ga for his advanced
Infantry training. Then on to Ft. Benning, Ga for his paratrooper jump school.
Danny finished his jump school about mid-December 1967 and came home for just
a few days before leaving for Vietnam.
He left for Vietnam on Dec 20, 1967. His
paper work was lost then found and he was put in an airborne infantry unit.
On Jan 5, 1968 he joined the 2nd brigade, Delta Co. 1/501, 101st Airborne. He was first
at Cu Chi and then the 1/501 was sent up north to Thua Thien in early January.
Danny was an expert rifleman, and qualified with the M79 grenade launcher and the
M60 machine gun. He was well-liked and did a good job.
When TET started on Jan 31, 1968, Danny’s unit was under constant fire from the Vietcong enemy.
From one of his
last letters home, they had been in the field under constant combat for 50 something
After action report researched and written by David A Lamenzo (former lst LT and former D
Company XO and Third Platoon Leader):
It was during the mid-morning period of the battle among the cemetery’s masonry structures that Danny Stephens, while providing intense suppressing fire on the NVA, received an instantly fatal single shot to his upper chest.
Danny had taken cover on one of the grave site positions.
Lying prone, he was covered on most sides by the stone posts and railings of the low enclosures that defined the borders of this particular grave site.
Enemy forces were within 30 to 50 yards of the Second Platoon line.
As the squad on his right engaged the enemy by throwing hand grenades at the enemy positions to their front,
Danny provided effective suppressive fire on the enemy while his comrades were throwing the grenades.
He was doing everything correctly; prone, not exposing himself unnecessarily, shielding himself behind available cover and firing at the enemy.
Unfortunately, an enemy rifleman was able to engage his position through a very narrow field of fire and by firing only inches above the ground.
It took guts and courage to handle this job, and Danny Stephens had both. He was a true American and his spirit lives on today in the memories to his family.
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