FITZGERALD, PAUL LAWRENCE JR.
Name: Paul Lawrence Fitzgerald, Jr. Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Unit: A Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division Date of Birth: 03 November 1947 Home City of Record: Ft. Valley GA Date of Loss: 17 October 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 112220N 1063239E (XT685575) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0867
Other Personnel In Incident: Olin Hargrove, Jr. (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2005.
SYNOPSIS: On October 17, 1967, SP4 Fitzgerald and PFC Hargrove were riflemen on a search and destroy mission in South Vietnam. Their unit became engaged in close, heavy contact and suffered heavy losses. Contact was broken and their unit withdrew to set up a hasty defense in order to secure their dead and wounded. At this time, SP4 Fitzgerald and PFC Hargrove were located on the south side of the perimeter, between the main body and the enemy.
It is believed that Fitzgerald and Hargrove became disoriented and moved in the wrong direction, as they were not seen to board the helicopters. One witness stated that PFC Hargrove had already been wounded in the back. On October 18 and 19, a company-sized unit searched the entire area, however, no trace of the two was ever found.
Paul Fitzgerald and Olin Hargrove were classified missing in action. They are among nearly 2500 Americans who disappeared in Southeast Asia. Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received which indicate that hundreds of these missing men are actually still alive, captives of a long-ago enemy. If Fitzgerald and Hargrove are among them, what must they think of us?
Paul L. Fitzgerald, Jr. and Olin Hargrove, Jr. were both promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period they were maintained Missing in Action.
From: Lionspade@aol.com Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 14:00:25 EDT Subject: Re: Question re: Hargrove and Fitzgerald To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much, Mary and Chuck,
This is the most I've heard about their fates after all these years. Both men were good people. Both were of average height, Hargrove African American and Fitzgerald caucasian.
NETWORK NOTE: The writer confused the men and their race. Hargrove was caucasian, Fitzgerald African American.
One of the funny memories I have took place in our battalion area within the perimeter at Lai Khe. We'd been out on a 3 day 'eagle flight' and choppered back into Lai Khe to clean up and re-fit for the next mission. Many of us wound up at the Lion's Den, the EM 'club', more like a small hootch, drinking our fair share of cold beer.
On the way back to our platoon hootches, several of the guys stumbled into the trenches we had dug to fill sandbags to stack around our hootches. Hargroves wound up in the trench. He came up laughing and all was good with the world for that moment.
Fitzgerald was on the quiet side as I recall. However, it seems to me he was from somewhere in the East and he would brag about his place back home. He knew his stuff and had been in-country longer than me if memory serves correctly.
Please feel free to post my comments on this other site. If it helps the family, that would be a good thing. Thank you again for the quick reply-it was greatly appreciated. Bob Morris
From: Thomas Hinger To: "P.O.W. Network - Chuck and Mary Schantag" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Paul Fitzgerald Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 14:00:27 -0500
..... Olin Hargrove and Paul Fitzgerald saved my life the day they were lost, and a complete account of their last day is contained in They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss. Once again thank you for a wonderful site that honors our lost comrades.