Clipped From Santa Cruz Sentinel
Monday, February 8, 1965 Ft. Ord Gl Dies A Hero In Pleiku Raid Pleiku, South Viet Nam Pi Things were bad at Pleiku, but they probably would have been much worse if Spec. 5 Jesse A. Pyle hadn't 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' quarters at the Pleiku air base. Pyle heard noises after Viet Cong infiltrators slipped past South Vietnamese guards outside the compound. The sentry surprised the guerrillas as they were planting explosive charges and began firing. The guerrillas immediately detonated their charges, and 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. U.S. officers said many more probably would have been killed if Pyle had not surprised the Communists before they had all their explosives in place, Pyle was married to a Korean he met in 1952 while he was fighting the Communists there. They have three daughters, aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle was transfer &mta Cmi Srntmrl 3 mmmmmrmmmmmmmmmmmJ - . Wj Jesse A. Pyle red to Viet Nam last November from Ft. Ord. His family remained at home in Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. She said she was "proud he protected" others who might have been killed but for him. In halting English. Mrs. Pyle said, "I think it will be difficult for me and the children . . . But I am proud that he protected so many other persons who might have been killed in the attack." Mrs. Pyle said the first word she had received of her husband's death enme in a telegram from Washington.