Earl Irvin Althouse


US Army Insignia

United States Army

PFC Insignia - Army

Private First Class

5th Battalion 60th Infantry Patch  9th Infantry Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
 "C" Company, 5th Mechanized Battalion
 60th Infantry Regiment
 9th Infantry Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star  Purple Heart National  Defense Service Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell March 1, 1968

Earl was born on the 15th of October, 1947 to Henry and Mildred Althouse of Myerstown.  He, as one of a family of eight children, spent his boyhood and teenage years in Myerstown and attended Eastern Lebanon County High School (ELCO).  He was drafted into the Army in 1967.  Prior to that time he was employed by the Eagle Chemical Company of Reading.

After receiving basic training and advanced training he reported for his tour of duty in Vietnam on the 7th of January.  He fell two months later on the 1st of March, 1968.  He was stationed at Fire Support Base Jaeger, 10 miles west of the town of Dong Tam, when his base camp came under a rocket attack where he was mortally wounded with multiple fragmentation wounds from shrapnel.  He was a member of Company C, 5th Mechanized Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Besides his parents he was survived by sisters, Louise and Rosemary; and brothers, Henry, Thomas, Aaron, Llewellyn and Michael.

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