Jesse A Pyle

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Jesse A Pyle - Yank Sentry Is Hero Of Pleiku Encounter "......
Yank Sentry Is Hero Of Pleiku Encounter "... PLEIKU, Viet Nam --AP-Things were bad at Pleiku, , but they probably would have - been.much worse if Specialist Fifth Class Jesse A. Pyle had .not been alert. Pyle, a Korean War veteran from Marina, Calif., was on duty-early yesterday at a listening post a few yards from the American senior officers' Pyle caught the full blast of one of the explosions. He died while being taken to the infirmary. The Viet Cong followed up with a mortar attack. In all, eight Americans were killed and more than 100 wounded. But said quarters Base: at the Pleiku Air United many would have States officers more probably been k i l l e Pyle a p p a r e n t l y heard noises after Viet Cong infiltrators- slipped past South Vietnamese guards outside the compound. The sentry sur- 'prise'd the guerrillas as t h e y were p l a n t i n g explosive charges and began firing. - . The guerrillas immediately .detonated their charges, and AP Wlrechoto Specialist Fifth Class Jesse A, Pyle--Raid casualty. Pyle had not surprised t h Communists before they had all their explosives in place. "We were lucky. God, we were lucky," said a US Army major who had been sleeping in t h e officers' quarters nearby. Pyle was married to a Korean he met in 1952 while was fighting the Communists there. They have three daughters, aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle was transferred to Viet Nam last November from Fort Ord, Calif. His family remained at their home in Marina, near Fort Ord. Bill Mauldin, the GI cartoonist of World War II, was visiting his son at Pleiku when the Communists attacked. The son, Bruce, 22, a helicopter pilot. "This thing woke me up about 2 AM," the cartoonist reported. "Colonel Hughes (Lieutenant Colonel John C. Hughes of Herrin, HI.) dashed out to go to w o r k , dashed out to take c a r myself. "I ran out the back door and found an American badly wounded by mortar fragments. I tried to help t kid who was hit to get to cot until the barrage ended. assumed I had t h e only casualty with me at the time I called out for help in get- 1 SORRY . . .you .can't be with far away family and friends? But you .can! By · Loot Distance Telephone, of team. Kites are low, you know, and ncrth- iflfiays YOU «k« your voict. Faerie Taliffconi ^Reminder: To complete your calls ;- more quickly, dial them direct. ting him to the infirmary. "On the way, there was big stream of wounded mov ing toward the infirmary, bu everything was orderly, no panic or anything. We'd been hit very hard with a heavy 1 sudden barrage, but everyon was doing his job quietly efficiently. "The infirmary was a charnel house. Everything covered with blood. Half the medics were hurt themselves, but the w o r k went these people behaved like professionals." at (AdvertlMmcnt)

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 08 Feb 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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