Specialist 4 James Gary Hinch gave the ultimate sacrifice on
June 19, 1967 during a major battle with a large Viet Cong force
near Ap Bac Village in the Mekong Delta. Reportedly, he was an
RTO (radio operator) working with an Artillery Forward
Observer that fateful day and he was one of the first of many US
soldiers to fall on June 19th.
At the battle's end, 47 US troopers lay dead, many more wounded,
at least 4 Huey Helicopters shot down, and over 250 Viet Cong
soldiers were killed. It was one of the most brutal battles
experienced by the 9th Infantry Division.
James Hinch and all of the other troopers we lost in Vietnam
will never be forgotten. May God Bless them all.