Stanley Areskevicious in Vietnam
Photo by Rich Lobus
Rich Lobus, who was a good friend of Stanley's, writes:
Stanley, was 1st
squad 1st platoon, along with Grindstaff, Tackett, and
I was the squad leader of 2nd squad 1st platoon till July.
Stanley, Hank Green, Donald Fiscus, and Melvin Liscomb, were all close.
Stanley and I went on R&R together 12 Feb to 18 Feb 1967 ( approx.).
On or about the day
before Stanley and I left for R&R, the company got into a
small fight that Grindstaff started
with some NVA women in a cave. We killed one, wounded one, baby was ok; however that pissed the NVA mortar crew
who had escaped just before we got to the cave. That night they probed our perimeter, the LP set off a claymore.
The next day on the move the NVA mortar started shooting at us; we took off running along side a tree line.
I could see the blast from the mortar through the trees, they were in a gully about 250 yards away.
I stopped and looked , it was an easy shot for my M-79/ M-16 so I started shooting at the mortar;
Stanley saw me and stopped and started firing his M-79/ M-16. Together we dropped some rounds right on top of them.
The last round they fired, got our range, Stanley got hit in his left hand. I don't know if he got a purple heart for this action.
Where the mortar was, was cover with blood, the NVA got the mortar out but had to leave a lot of ammo behind.
He wrapped up his hand and we went on R&R; lucky it never got infected
Stanley came up to my home in 68 for a visit, that was the last I saw of him.
Stanley Areskevicious is buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ivy Hill Cemetery Philadelphia PA
Sgt Stanley Areskevicious Lot 283, Section G, Grave 4 Back
Died December 13th, 2005 Upper Darby Pennsylvania
Provided by Richard Lobus
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