4th Infantry Division
"The Ivy Division"
4th Aviation
Vietnam 1966-197
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4th Infantry Division Pathfinder Detachment
Nightjumpers
Personnel - (ever growing list 21)

Status (KIA - Killed in Action:  DAT - Died after Tour)                                                                             Flt Duty (P,IP,CE,OBS,G)                                        Date last updated 04/16/2016

ID L Name F Name M Initial Status UNIT - 21 Start Date End Date Flt Duty Rank Call Sign, other info info date
1663 Banks Barry     H&H 67     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1666 Beggs Barry     H&H 67     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 11/15/2015
1560 Devanish       H&H 66Sep     SGT 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1664 Enhmantraut Ray     H&H 67     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1669 Francis Phil     H&H 67     SPC 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1667 Gifford Doug     H&H 67     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1562 Gribben Sam     H&H 66Sep     CPL 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1569 Grigola Sal     H&H 66Sep     SP4 4th Pathfinder Detachment - Supply 2/16/2011
1665 Hansen O. Merle.   H&H 67     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1565 Kaufman William     H&H 66Sep   P MAJ 4th Pathfinder Detachment - CO 2/16/2011
1564 Mabry       H&H 66Sep     CPL 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1668 Mason Willie     H&H 67     SP4 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011
1561 Miller       H&H 66Sep     CPL 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1566 Pope Emmit   KIA H&H 66Sep 67Jan15   SPC 4th Pathfinder Detachment - KIA 15 Jan 67 2/16/2011
1570 Pratt Williams     H&H 67     CPT 4th Pathfinder Detachment - CO 2/16/2011
1563 Ray       H&H 66Sep     CPL 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1568 Soto Manuel     H&H 66Sep     SGT 4th Pathfinder Detachment - Supply 2/16/2011
1558 Stricker Anthony     H&H 66Sep     1LT 4th Pathfinder Detachment - XO 2/16/2011
1567 Tarian James (Jim)     H&H 66Sep     PFC/E3 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1559 Wesley       H&H 66Sep     SGT 4th Pathfinder Detachment 2/16/2011
1662 Werner Ed     H&H - B 67 68   E5 4th Pathfinder Detachment 6/24/2011

 

From CPL Sam Gribben - 4th Pathfinder Detachment

I was a member of the 4th Pathfinder Det. We were activated in August 1966 and left with the division on the General John Pope and arrived at Plieku in Sept.

There were only seven of us originally. Lt Antony Stricker, Sgt Wesley,Sgt Devanish, Cpls Ray, Miller, and Gribben(me), and PFC Mabry. AT Plieku we picked up the rest of the Detachment over the next few months and at full strength we had 2 Lieutenants and 15 enlisted men.

The H & H company commander was Major William Kaufman. 

By December of ,66, we were at full strength,2 Lts and 15 EM.

Our tent was near the Repo Depo, next the rappelling tower and one tent away from the supply tent, run by Sgt Manuel Soto And SPC4 Sal Grigola.

Our call sign was "Nightjumper"

We lost one member during my time there, Spc 4 Emmit Pope Jr,was KIA Jan,15,1967. Our C.O. was Major Richard Kauffman and later Capt William Pratt.

We did Pathfinder work with the entire division. 

On Feb 17th '67,on a combat assault the helicopter  attempting to deliver myself, Lt Stricker, Sgt Wesley and PFC Jim Tarian into a hot L.Z. was shot down.

The doorgunner was KIA and the pilot was badly wounded. I think the crew were from D troop and I never knew there names.  Major Kaufman was piloting the second  bird and was shot up also, however they were able to crash land about a mile away and the crew and the infantry men they were carrying were picked up safely.


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