Matthew Higgins

HHC 1/22 Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 03/14/1967

 

 

Army - PFC - E3

Age: 21
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Feb 15, 1946
From: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Religion: 7TH DAY ADVENTIST
Marital Status: Single

PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
4th Infantry Division
MOS: 91A10 Medical Corpsman
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Feb 22, 1967
Casualty was on Mar 14, 1967
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

Panel 16E - Line 78

 

Matthew Higgins was killed in a battle with NVA forces during Operation Sam Houston,
at grid reference YA600587, approximately 26 kilometers west of Plei Djereng airfield.

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PFC Matthew Higgins' decorations

 

 

 

 

Jack Newell

Brother Viet Vet

Art was Higgins' life. "Buck" Higgins graduated from Roxborough High School in 1966 and planned to attend
Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School for commercial art that September. He had won a Philadelphia Saving Fund Society award
for a poster he designed and painted shortly before he was drafted into the Army in August 1966. The 21-year-old private first class
trained as a medical corpsman and left for Vietnam in February 1967, where he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company
of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. The young medic wrote home about the sick and starving
Montagnard highlander children for whom he cared. Higgins died near the Cambodian border on March 14, 1967,
less than a month after arriving in Vietnam. He was survived by his mother, stepfather, sister and two stepsisters.
Matthew lived on Granite Street, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Source: Philadelphia Daily News 10/26/1987
Friday, December 05, 2003

 

Photo courtesy of Jack Newell

 

 

 

For a tribute to PFC Matthew Higgins click on the following link:

Together We Served

 

 

 

 

 

 


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