Name: Terry Joseph Patrick Neill
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E3 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Bristol, PA
Birth Date: October 25, 1948
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: June 23, 1968
Cause of Death: ground casualty accidental homicide nonhostile; other causes
Died in Gia Dinh at age 19
The body was recovered.
It was one of the saddest days in my life when I heard the news of Terry's death. I received a letter from his sister I think around July of 1968.
Terry and I were in AIT together at Ft. Polk Tiger Land-Little Nam. We just hit it off from the second we met. I was from San Jose CA and he from Bristol PA. I was 21 and he was 19 or 20. We had planned to get together after the war, but that changed. I got hit in the face and spent 17 months in the hospital in SF. That is where I really saw my Vietnam. All the guys coming back hurt and injured. That is when I began to 'help' vets coming back. Welcoming them into the hospital setting. I now am involved in veterans work on the state and federal level.
I never knew Terry to hold any prejudices against anyone and he was always smiling.
Ron Koontz, firstname.lastname@example.org