Paul Richard Withrow

Company B 1/22 Infantry

US Army Forces Military Region II USARV

KIA 07/06/71

 

 

 

PERSONAL DATA

Home of Record: Clendenin, West Virginia
Date of birth: 02/09/1944

Married

MILITARY DATA

Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Specialist Four
MOS: 11B20: Infantryman
Length Service: ** Unit:
B CO, 1ST BN, 22ND INFANTRY, USARV

CASUALTY DATA

Start Tour: 11/02/1970
Incident Date: 07/06/1971
Casualty Date: 07/06/1971
Age at Loss: 27
Location: Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Misadventure

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The 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Historical Summary for the month of July 1971, dated 31 July 1971,
lists Paul Withrow's death in the following passage:

2. On 6 July, one person from Company B was killed and another wounded by
friendly fire while on ambush near An Khe. The incident took place at ap-
proximately 0330 hours 4 kilometers north of An Khe. The person apparently
left the night ambush site for unknown reasons. Upon his return he startled
the patrol leader who opened fire causing one fatality. (See Zappers News,
Vol 2, No. 1 for report on memorial service.)

 

 

 

Paul Withrow was killed at co-ordinate BR 477477, marked in red on the above graphic.
This location was a small rise in the area that was once part of Camp Radcliff,
overlooking the "Golf Course", which had been the helicopter area, nestled in the shadow
of Hon Cong Mountain. By the time of Paul's death, the Camp had been dismantled, and consisted of
several small isolated perimeters, instead of the huge sprawling base it once had been.

Graphic from the 1st Battalion 50th Infantry Association website

 

 

 

 

SP4 Paul R. Withrow's decorations

 

 

Specialist Withrow served his first tour with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (M), 50th Infantry and is remembered by
former 1st Platoon Member Dennis Douglas, who informed our Association that Paul died during a subsequent tour
with "B" Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, USARV (Also attached to the 4th ID earlier in 1971).

Paul Withrow was remembered by William Settlemeyer who went through Basic Training with Withrow sometime in 1970
before Withrow's second tour in Vietnam. Settlemeyer wrote: "I liked Paul. He was a good soldier. I felt sorry for him
because he got a 'Dear John' letter at the end of our Basic Training Cycle. He was very sad. He had been in the army before,
gotten out and then re-enlisted. He helped us 'rookies' out in getting accustomed to Army life".

From the 1st Battalion 50th Infantry Association website

 

 

 

 

Burial:
Withrow Cemetery
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA

 

 

 

 

Top photo from the 1st Battalion 50th Infantry Association website

 

 

 

 

 

For a tribute to Paul R. Withrow click on the following link:

Together We Served

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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