Name: Lyle Wayne Hansen
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E3 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Steger, IL
Birth Date: June 6, 1947
Death Date: May 12, 1968
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Gia Dinh at age 20
The body was recovered.
|Comment||[Nicholas C. Procaccini]|
I was Lyle Hanson's platoon leader at the time of his death in Vietnam. Lyle was a good kid and courageous soldier. He died when he exposed himself to enemy gunfire trying to drag a wounded buddy to safety. His buddy made it back but Lyle did not. He was the only soldier I lost during my tour in Vietnam and I think of him everyday.
Nicholas C. Procaccini
|Comment||[Jacinto R Raquel]|
Lyle was not in my platoon but I remember the call over the radio that he was caught in the open. The rest of his platoon were pinned down by heavy fire and could not retrieve him until the next day. The enemy fire was to intense to move forward. Lt. Harris and I provided cover fire as our units pulled back for the air strike that was called in to vanquish the enemy fire. The next day we retrieved Lyle. The bodies of the NVA soldiers killed by the air strike were lying near Lyle. His courage that day is testament to his dedication to his commrades and his country. I will not forget him or his courage.