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 2020.


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


Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 14:00:25 EDT
Subject: Re: Question re: Hargrove and Fitzgerald

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

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" <>
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.

Tom Hinger




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On October 17, 1967, U.S. Army soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division participated in a search and destroy mission in the Binh Duong Province of South Vietnam became engaged with enemy forces at close range and suffered heavy casualties at approximately 0930. The unit broke contact and withdrew to set up a defensive perimeter. Heavy enemy fire from the south and east forced Company A to withdraw north, and when the unit regrouped, they realized that two men were missing. A witness reported that one of the soldiers had been wounded. The two missing soldiers did not board the helicopters that extracted the surviving members of the unit. The next day, two companies of the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment searched for the two missing soldiers over a two day period. The search yielded no American remains, and a rifle from one of the soldiers was recovered on the battlefield.

Specialist 4 Paul Lawrence Fitzgerald Jr., who joined the U.S. Army from Georgia, served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He was one of the soldiers who went missing during this action, and he was not recovered. After the incident, the Army posthumously promoted Specialist 4 Fitzgerald to the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC). Today, Sergeant First Class Fitzgerald is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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